Musical Lights

“Musical Lights” It all started with a vintage chandelier!

It all started with a vintage chandelier!

We were visiting Dale’s Dad who lives in Palacios and when we visit this small town, we like to check out one of our favorite shops “Palacios Antiques.” We’ve been keeping an eye out for a chandelier and Dale spotted this beauty. The chandelier was under forty dollars so we snatched it up! We used a steel wool sponge to clean the brass and soap and water to clean the ceramic. A good wiping did the job!

When we purchased the Anniversary she came with a nice Hunter ceiling fan in the living room, which is now our dining room. I thought it would be nice to have a chandelier over the dining table instead of a fan. When it came to the placement of the chandelier we had to get creative on how we were going to install this vintage beauty. The electrical box was not centered where the table sits. I came up with the idea to add a beam to match the beams that are already there on the ceiling, which would make it easier to hook up the chandelier. I do sometimes come up with some great ideas but Dale is the one who makes them happen and I am so grateful for him! Dale used a 2 x 4 to make a beam and painted it to match the beams on the ceiling. (He took a piece of sample trim to Lowes Hardware and had it colored matched.) The beam looks wonderful! While Dale worked on the beam I was in search for light bulbs and shades for the chandelier. I wanted to find bulbs that looked like light flames and were dimmable. I purchased some LED dimmable bulbs at Home Depot and found some clear glass shades at Lowes. The chandelier looks pretty good in its new home!

This is where the title “Musical Lights” came to be. The master bedroom did not have a ceiling fan so we installed the Hunter ceiling fan there. Dale moved the Flush Mount light that was in the room into the master closet, which gives the closet better lighting. Last but not least Dale added a dimmer switch in the dining room. I love dimmer switches! Once you have a dimmer switch you will never go back to a regular light switch, it’s awesome to be able to control the brightness of your lighting.

Vintage Chandelier

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The brass is pretty worn.

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A little elbow grease will do.

Dale uninstalling the ceiling fan.

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Ceiling fan removed.

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Painting the beam.

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Mr Phillips

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Beam installed.

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Electrical box.

Hooking up the chandelier.

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Dale covered the electrical box with a round metal cover .

Last minute clean up.

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New bulbs, new glass shades.

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LED dimmable bulbs.

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I am happy with the chandelier, looks great in our dining room!

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Dale installing the ceiling fan in the Master Bedroom.

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Much nicer having a ceiling fan in the bedroom.

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One light fixture originally in master closet.

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Installed the two light Flush Mount fixture from bedroom into master closet. Better lighting.

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Installing the dimmer switch in dining room.

Dimmer switch.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog. I hope we have inspired you in some way.

Elizabeth Phillips

 

 

 

Kitchen and Dining Room

It’s okay to think out of the box when it comes to your home! Use your space to your advantage!

Dale and I have settled into our new home and are enjoying it very much! We are slowly but surely getting the place organize. Let me tell you about a few things we have done. When we purchased our home the kitchen came with black appliances. We exchanged the stove, air vent and dishwasher with the white appliances we already had. We haven’t replaced the refrigerator yet.

In the kitchen area you will see a beautiful white island that Dale and I found while on a road trip to Wimberley, Texas over the summer! We put this beautiful piece in the breakfast area. I wanted to have an extra serving space and an area I could work on projects.

We also found a beautiful rosewood dining room table on our road trip! We both love the rustic, farmhouse style and scored a good deal! We purchased the chairs from Hermann Furniture in Brenham Texas, one of my favorite places to shop because they have a wonderful antique mall!

Okay now when you see the pictures of the dining room, keep in mind the room was intended to be the living room. Ha-ha! Yes! We are using that space for the dining room! Dale and I really don’t watch much television, but do watch movies. Dale is using the third bedroom for his little media room. I plan to show pictures at a later date.

It’s okay to think out of the box when it comes to your home! Use your space to your advantage! When we have company over they don’t even miss the living room. The kitchen, dining room has become our gathering place. I do plan to make a little sitting area behind the bar later, but for now we are enjoying our space.

We don’t want to do any major projects to our home at this time. I feel we need to live in our home for a while to get a feel for it first. We are working on a small project which I will share later. I hope this was fun! Enjoy the pictures of the kitchen and dining room, till next time!

Before

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Dining Room

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Before Breakfast Area and Buffet

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After

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Before

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White appliances looks better with the white farmhouse sink.

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Home Sweet Home

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View from the dining room.

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Rosewood Farmhouse Table

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Originally for the TV, using this space for shelving.

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Built in shelves.

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Handmade ceramic pitcher housewarming gift.

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Before Transom Windows

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After

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!