Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Following the Hanzel and Gretel of Projects

I had every intention of blogging a step by step kitchen lighting transformations for you guys.  As I was hovering over my finds like a Griffon vulture over a wildebeest carcass, guarding the nicely priced bronzish light fixtures at Re-Store, I was already writing this post in my head.  Mr. Palindrome would wake up on the right side of the bed.  He would pose for just the right shots and even do a guest post on the electrical work.  I would brag about all three pieces totaling $42.  When I went to bed that night, I dreamt of flocking readers, glowing comments, and my google analytics page tearing it up.

Then I woke up to this massacre of lighting paraphernalia.
I often find projects in various states of completion around the house.  Mr. Palindrome gets on a roll and if he hits a road block, he moves on to the next project. A lot of times, he gets on a roll with projects that I planned on blogging.  My little midnight electrician got it into his head that he should unload the light fixtures from the car and get a move on, all while I was off in la la land.  In this case, he finished the exchange of lighting . . .
but left the remnants of the project strewn across the kitchen counters, floors, or any other horizontal surface he found.
I grabbed my camera to take you along on my virtual Hanzel and Gretel-esque journey through the kitchen.

Two of the discarded fixtures were from Re-Store and we used them as placeholders until we decided to do oil rubbed bronze hardware in the kitchen.  We plan on taking them right back for a donation tax write off.

The Leatherman and some hardware even ended up on the ledge of the laundry closet doors!
And here is the finished result! We'll need to paint around this new fixture since the old one left a gnarly ring on the ceiling.
This fixture was meant to be a chandelier, but Mr. Palindrome reworked the pieces, cut the wire, and removed the chain to create a more flush look since we walk under this fixture.
This one might be hanging a little low, but it's nothing that a one or two link chain adjustment won't fix.  So there you have it.  When I'm a good girl, my electrician fairy transforms my space!  I have a sneaking suspicion that he's started to do it on purpose so as not be photographed for the blog!

We have some big plans for the floors, cabinets, and counters.  I'll be sharing a lot more in the coming weeks!


  1. He did a nice job! E totally avoids blog photos as well :-)

  2. Looks like how my husband works, tools and hardware all over the place! Haha.

    The finished result looks fantastic, great choices. :)

  3. I love your realism. Is it wrong that I'm reassured that your house isn't automatically perfect?
    I love the chandelier look.