We hit up a slew of architectural salvage places (Earthwise, Second Use, Ballard Reuse) and the mega Rotary Auction (for those of you not on BI, it's literally ACRES of rummage sale.) Our scores:
- A three-foot tall wooden fork and spoon, which will become giant awesome pantry handles once there is actually a door on the pantry
- A sweet vintage schoolhouse light
- A couple wood stools for our breakfast bar
- Neato vintage hinges to replace a broken one on our bedroom door
So much fun! We are still looking for a fireplace mantle and a cabinet face for the pantry, so more forays to come!
We were tired after all that bargain-hunting, so we decided just to take on a quick project. Cue the laughter now.
We decided to hang the schoolhouse light. There was a big ceiling fan there already, so we figured it would just be a matter of taking down the fixture, maybe swapping out the mounting hardware, and voila.
|Not exactly sexy|
Then we took down the fan.
And found ...
|I have no words.|
I have no idea how to describe the DIY solution that was holding up and wiring that fan. I'm pretty sure it was safe, but we really couldn't reuse it. Half a day, a trip to the hardware store, and a lot of help from the handy next-door neighbor later, we had light!
Apparently by this point I was too emotionally numb to remember to take a picture, so I'll post that next time. This was not the only questionable decision I made in that moment, however...
Okay, we thought. That wasn't so bad! I mean sure, it was supposed to take twenty minutes and instead it took twenty hours, but that was a one-time fluke, amirite?
So we decided to tackle the ugly sconces...
|Although I do like feeling like I'm in an elevator lobby in my own house.|
Guess what happened next.
|Yes, that's a broken j-box. And yes, that's a half-installed sconce hanging off the wall in the background.|
Hopefully we'll finish our "quick" project tonight, three days after we started it.