Entryway Progress: New Chandelier and Rug

We have a side-entrance bungalow with a nice central entryway, opening into our kitchen on the right and our living room on the left. I suppose you could call it a foyer if you’re feeling fancy. It was far from fancy when we bought the house, though:¬†it was super gross.

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I made¬†it not-gross with cleaning and painting, and I made it functional with¬†Flor carpet tiles and a¬†peg rack¬†(both leftover from our apartment). Otherwise, I didn’t spend¬†much effort to make it look nice until recently.

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Here’s where we started. I can do better than just not-gross!

New Light Fixture

First up, I added a new ceiling medallion and light fixture: I bought the Mid-Century Long-Arm Chandelier from West Elm.

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You guys, when I first start dating Jarrod (13 years ago!) this tiger blanket was his actual bedspread. Not in an ironic way, either. He’s had it since he was a kid, and now it’s an excellent moving blanket / project cushion.

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The chandelier¬†is¬†super heavy and was a challenge to install but, ultimately, nothing insurmountable.¬†I’m really happy with it now that it’s up there.

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The adjustable arms work great here because the closet throws off the center of this space. I was able to arrange the arms to balance out that corner.

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New Rug

I also added a new rug: a Mazlaghan Persian rug found on eSaleRugs.com for $250.

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It was the first time I’ve purchased from eSaleRugs. I appreciate that they post a lot of photos of each item, and their free shipping and free returns policy suits me well, too: I’m prone to buyer’s remorse, so it made it easier to pull the trigger. Thankfully, there was no need to make use of that return option Рtheir photos are remarkably accurate.

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That’s all for now! I’ll return tomorrow with a post detailing the final change I made in this first batch of improvements: new(ly altered) closet doors.

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Update: see Adding Moulding to Inside Out Bi-Fold Doors

Cheap Bungalow-Friendly Light Fixture

Just a quick post with one more before and after from our bedroom¬†‚Äď I wanted to spread the good word about this inexpensive semi-flush ceiling light I found on Amazon.

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What a world of difference paint and caulk makes!

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The light fixture is only 36 bucks with free shipping:¬†World Imports Lighting 9007-88 Luray 1-Light Semi-Flush Light Fixture. I like that it feels period-appropriate for our 1913 bungalow, while still looking clean-lined. It’s a¬†steal for such a nice fixture and, if you’re on a budget, it’s a great alternative to Rejuvenation/School House Electric.

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I bought two but have only installed one so far: the other stairway light fixture is 12+ feet above the landing. The fixture there currently does not have a globe or working light bulbs. Eventually, I may want to have a big chandelier of some sort here, but I want to pick out all of the first floor light fixtures first. In the interim, the Amazon light will work great, if I can get it up there!

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I need to buy a taller ladder or teach Jarrod how to install a light fixture: I’m not sure which is more dangerous.

Hardwired HEMMA: DIY Closet Light

While cleaning out our closet this weekend I decided that cleaning out our closet would be nicer¬†if there were a ceiling light in there. ¬†More often than not, mundane cleaning initiatives like this are waylaid by the allure of PROJECT! ¬†You know what’s not exciting? Cleaning. You know what is? Wire stripping!

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We have outlets at the back of our closet and I had a plug-in¬†HEMMA cord set from IKEA on hand. ¬†My original idea was to use the cord set to hang a light from the ceiling with the addition of a pull-chain socket adapter (like this)¬†so that the light could be turned on and off easily. ¬†I went to Matty K’s¬†— a great independent hardware store in Lincoln Square — to pick one up, but realized that the adapter pull-cord was actually pretty hard to pull and would put a lot of stress on a ceiling anchor hook. ¬†I then saw this porcelain lampholder with a pullchain.

Porcelain Lampholder

I’ve seen a lot of blog posts in which people cut off the plug of a HEMMA cord to convert it to a hardwired light fixture, which gave me the idea to cut the socket off instead, leaving the plug and hard wiring the cord to the lamp. ¬†A super nice Matty K’s employee suggested that I mount an electrical outlet box to the ceiling as a base for the lampholder, making it safe and sturdy.

HEMMA Wire Strippers

Porcelain Lampholder

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Closet Ceiling Light

I stripped the cord to expose the wires, connected them to the lamp holder, mounted the electrical box to the ceiling and the fixture to the box, and routed the cord down the back wall to the outlet.  Easy peasy.

DIY HEMMA Ceiling Light

Pro tip: Use the cutest Japanese toy you have on hand to personalize your pullcord.  Rilakkuma FTW!

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See how it works?  There is no light on the left and there is light on the right.  VICTORY.

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Deadly Pretty Things

I dropped by Ye Olde Lamp and Fixture Shoppe here in Chicago for a repair appraisal on my vintage chandelier.  The man who helped me was impressively knowledgeable.  The good news: it is an original Lightolier Sputnik.  An early one, in fact.  He has experience doing complete restorations of this type of chandelier.

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The bad news? ¬†Those restoration jobs cost over $2,000. ¬†Even if he tried to do a hack job it would still cost over $1,000. ¬†And that wiring? Yeah, that’s asbestos.

Onto Plan B…

Swedes & Sputnik

Now this, this is a mailing list I want to be on.

IKEA 2013 Catalog

Look at that armchair: it’s only $9.99.

[Update: that was a joke, you guys. Thanks, though, for your diligent readership!]

As excited as I am about this catalog, I’m even more excited about what’s awaiting me in Jefferson City, Missouri. This vintage sputnik chandelier has been floating around our family for decades – my mom saved it from one of our many house renovations, knowing that one of her kids would like it some day. It’s traveled from basement to basement and I’m going home to claim it next week. And to, you know, see my family.

Sputnik Chandelier

It needs a bit of restoration work. If anyone has a recommendation for a lighting repair shop in Chicago, I would be very grateful.

Sputnik Chandelier

You will be mine, you will be mine, you will be mine all mine.