I was gonna say “”It’s been a long time coming” but it really hasn’t. Actually, I think I’ve set some kind of personal record, because apart from hanging a few pictures, the dining room is done and we’ve only lived here for five months!
In serious people’s schedules that actually plan and check off everything when redoing at home, I’m sure it’s ages. But for a procrastinator that wants to do stuff, even the fun stuff, only when I feel like it, it’s pretty dang hasty.
The almost-last hurdle was the lighting arrangement over the dining table. Around the time we moved in, I was tumbling through Pinterest and everywhere I could see these wonderful hanging… things, that one can decorate after taste or season, most often made by artists of course. But, since I sometimes have no boundaries, I wanted one for myself.
A week later, in the house, I found a piece of wood that exactly matched what I’d envisioned for my own over-table while clearing out. It was fate! (let’s keep the illusion going, right). So, I had the piece of wood. And of course, chains to hang it. But I wanted lighting too, and how do you get lighting up above a table? The electrical cords have to be seriously long or I’d have to fasten a extension cord in the ceiling. I wanted to be able to light it and shut it off easily, because everyday life should be as easy as possible.
So I put things off, not knowing how I should go about the whole thing. There was so much other things to do that I knew how to do, so I did all that instead.
Then came the electrician. When walking around pointing to things we wanted done and reviewing our options, I said I wanted a regular wall socket in the ceiling, because that was the obvious solution to my problems! Could that be done? Yeah sure, he said, we’ll find a solution for it. And a few weeks into the whole mess, we did.
After getting the socket installed, I excitedly drilled four holes into the wooden board and threaded the chains through them, and installed two hooks in the ceiling. I raided another room for the string of lights, and up it all went!
It’s not picture perfect but who cares!
Now. Do you know what happens if you hang one piece of wood in four chains and the chains pull differently? Things get real crooked, real fast. Things got so crooked I thought I’d have to take everything down, spackle the holes in the ceiling and just tell my household I’d changed my mind to cover up the failure. But I endured, and after a grueling ten minutes of walking round and round and tweaking each side a litte at a time, things were aligned.
Right now it’s a little scarce with the decorations, but I have plans for the coming season changes. Fun!
The new socket is connected to the ceiling light socket so I can light both with the the wall flip switch. I’ve disconnected my old beloved inherited hand blown glass lamp because I don’t like the kind of ambiance ceiling lights make. It’s just gonna hang there like a jewel, in it’s 100 year old prettiness.