Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The story of a yard sale find.

Thank you for all the birthday wishes! Sadly The Nana & The Papa had to leave early and we were afraid of how Littliest would take the news so I did not tell him till after he woke yesterday morning. They were already on the road headed home to tend to the boys great grandma. Please if you have a moment send prayers up for her health it will be much appreciated. The Nana & The Papa have never missed one of Littliest's birthdays so it was not quite the same without them but Littliest took the news very well and had a wonderful day. 
Though our visit was cut short we as always loved having The Nana and The Papa with us during Christmas! It just does not feel the same without having them celebrating with us. We did our usual Christmas Eve traditions of Outback for dinner and looking at lights in our pjs and baking Santa cookies. Memories we will always cherish! It is hard to believe it is all said and done and now we are waiting on the New Year to begin. I hope that each and every one of you had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends as well!

Can you guess what this is all about!? The day after Christmas turned into a project that had been a year and half in the making. The Papa was determined to get it finally completed for me. Ya gotta love this man!

It all started with this here light fixture that I purchased back in Sept 09 off the local yard sale site.

For just $25 it was mine. I brought it home and began the process of revamping it. You can not tell but it was an iron color with blue and orange speckles all over it just screaming to be sprayed. The Papa also rewired it and so we debated for a year and half how in the world we were going to place it in its new home.

This here was to be its new home. Our fixture up there nice but a tad small for the space and well it only had one light left working and years of dust built up in it. She was begging to come down.

Here is another pic of her. Sorry the lighting is so bad. I have yet to figure out the camera and flash. After several debates on how we should get the  new fixture up without paying an electrician $350 to do it for us The Papa and The Hubster headed down to HomeDepot to rent a lift for I think $170 but the guy down there talked them out of it saying that it would crush our thresh hold and possibly our wood flooring. They came back with scaffolding instead. 

This is a pic to show you just how large the new fixture is! I can not believe the original owners had it above their dining room table!!

The Nana and The Papa installing the new light. I guess giving them two grandsons has its perks! Ha! 

And here is the new light up. We hung it the same length as the original one so it could be seen from the street through the window. If the window was not there I would have asked for it to be hung lower.

I just love the new look! 

Now to figure out what to do with that stoop there! If anybody has one and has theirs decorated let me know!! I need inspiration!

 The new light makes a snowflake like design on the ceiling and wall which is just beautiful!
Thanx a million Nana and Papa!!!
Total cost for this project was just $50!!! Can you believe it! $25 for the light and then $25 to rent the scaffolding! Now you just can't beat that unless of course the light was free and you already owned scaffolding but you get my joy!:)
Off to do some fabric shopping with a friend instead of grocery shopping! ;) Have a wonderful day y'all! 
P.s Wait till ya see what happened to the old fixture!:)

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  1. OMG, Pamela! That is a beautiful light fixture! That is some height, too. Whatever you do on that ledge, since you want the light to show through the window from the outside, you will want to make sure you keep it low in front of the window. Two tall things on either side should work fine and work with the height you have there. What about a birdcage {or two}? I'll bet you could find something inexpensive on that yard sale sight or even Home Goods {or a store like it}.

  2. Pamela,
    Your new light looks amazing and I love the snowflake shadow it makes. What an awesome find for $25! We will keep your Grandmother in our prayers.

  3. My goodness girl you can find some great things. AND turn them into something AMAZING : )
    Sending prayers your way.

  4. It looks great Pamela, and what a great find. Happy New Year.

  5. Pamela you are my hero! We have a 2 story entry and my hubby knows how to change light fixtures but we've always thought we would have to hire someone to do it...not anymore! Getting the scaffolding was genuis and will cost so much less than an electrician. Your light looks gorgeous and I am going to give you all the props when I change mine out...someday! :-)

  6. Hi, Pamela! Just caught up with your last few posts but HAD to comment on this amazing light fixture! STUNNING! I love it! SO much more striking than the original fixure.
    Those ledges are unique but they do create a dilemma. And so hard to dust!!! I know you'll find just the right thing!
    Happy New Year, my friend!

  7. ah! Very nice. How great that you found it for so little money. But will you have to rent scaffolding to change out the bulbs?


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