February 22, 2012

no, you're a knob and tube

Progress made!!

I can cross #4 off my 2012 goal list! That blasted crooked, crappy, creaky (and any other c adjectives you can think of) chandelier is gone.

You may remember it was a lovely 80's brass when we moved in.

I sprayed it black immediately and it stayed that way for a few years.

Until its most recent life in white.

Its had shades, no shades, round bulbs, candle bulbs. You named it, I've tried it. I should say here that this is a classic chandelier shape, and in many cases I really do like it. However in this instance it always felt like putting lipstick on a pig.

It had also been hung way too high and, the cherry on top, several of the arms were loose and crooked and all tightening attempts would fail. Usually resulting in a shade popping off and landing in your salad. True story.

So after years and years of hearing me complain about it, my parents were kind enough to give me a new chandelier for Christmas. WAHOO!

Now normally this would be an hour project on Saturday as my husband has hung many a light in his day.

However, since the table is off center, I wanted the light centered over the table, rather than centered in the room. We've had many guests bang their head on that chandelier, so it was really for the safety of those I love. I know, I know, I'm a giver.

Luke, being the wonderful husband he is, said no problem (while rolling his eyes) and headed up to the attic. Not a problem was the verdict. We measured, figured out where the new hole needed to be and he got to cutting. A perfect hole for a plaster ceiling I would say.

Now all he needed to do was move the wiring over a few inches, drop it thru the new hole, install and enjoy.

It was all going just too well.

Enter knob and tube wiring. For those not familiar with it, its kind of like asbestos - best not bother it if you don't have to. And really, comparing something in your home to asbestos? Never a good sign.

Apparently the wire was just a few inches short of reaching the new hole. And my husband's many attempts at getting a new wire to connect to the old wire were just not working. Something about the grounding of the wire blah blah blah. All I heard was 'electrician needed'.


So while we waited for the electrician, we patched the old hole and painted the ceiling. And when I say we I mean Luke did the work and I said "looks great babe."

A week later the electrician finally arrives and after a lot of grumbling and several "You sure you want me to do this lady? You know that whole ain't in the center of the room?" I had my new wired and ready hole.

And now....


I love it! Its warm, more to scale for the room, and it gives off a really great glow.

It also gives off a saucy reflection in the mirror.

But of course, nothing is ever 'done'. Now I've got to fix the curtains. But that's another story for another day.

For now, I'll just enjoy my new lovely lady. Have you had any electrical projects lately? Been able to cross anything off your resolution list yet? Ever had an electrician tell you "whatever lady, I guess its your house."?


  1. The new chandy looks great! We had knob and tube in approximately 80% of our house and had to have it upgraded right after we took possession...the joys of owning an old house, right? :)

    1. You are so right. I think it falls under that 'character' old homes have. :)

  2. Your dining room is SO lovely! Lots of character. The chandelier looks amazing. Great job!

  3. This looks great! Love the entire room.

  4. Yay for centered light fixtures! Yours looks great! I know about electrical problems -- we can't touch the wiring in our rental. It's so old, the insulation crumbles on contact. And requires an electrician. Found that out the hard way...

  5. I've experimented with benches at the dining table and I know they can be a challenge..I like how you backed yours up to the wall and brought the table up to it. How does that work out with the younguns?

    1. Thanks Diane! We actually haven't had any problems with the kids. It helps that our bench (actually a church pew) has a back. We just add a booster and it works great.

  6. I was so feeling your pain here.....just installing a simple light fixture can turn into a week......that seems to be the norm around my house. With a lot of grumbling from the peanut gallery of one.....Mr H......

  7. Your dining room looks very beautiful and charming! Love your new light fixture and mirror. Looking forward to read more fabulous posts in the future. A happy new follower!

    Have a good day!



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