{House} Another Disappearing Act

Once I successfully moved the phone to its new location in the dining area, I was left with some holes and unpainted area on the back bedroom wall.

Continuing my love of patching things up, I quickly moved on to tackle this area.  First up was scraping away the old paint build-up from around where the wire ran down the wall.  I used the putty knife to scrape down the wall…

…and then did a little light sanding to smooth the last bits out.  Once it felt smooth to the touch, I went back over it with the patching plaster.

It’s like it was never there!  No one will be the wiser once I get on that painting thing that I keep putting off…

{House} Good as New

I had so much fun patching up the holes and dents in the window frame, that I knew my next stop was the disaster I left after I removed the cord to nowhere.

It was a little more tricky than the window, since it took more finesse to get into the corner of the wall and ceiling, and smooth things out enough.

Then there was the mess at the bottom of the wall.

I think I did pretty well!

Now I just have to sand and pick a paint color.  And then actually paint…

{Home} Shining Once Again

Shortly after I arrived back in NYC with the light, I asked the super when he’d be able to install it.  After a minor scheduling hiccup, he came over yesterday to help.

It didn’t take me very long to reassemble the light.

This was the old light in the dressing room.  It didn’t even have a shade!

Taking it down wasn’t very difficult, but we did run into an issue when one of the screws in the box was rusted into the box itself.

The super’s solution was to drill a hole through the top of the box, and put a screw through that!  Which was a much easier solution than the other idea I had–install a new box.

Things were going along fine, until it came time to fit the canopy.

See the gap (the silver threads showing)?  He wouldn’t let that stand!  So down it came, and he cut the threads down by over a half inch.  Then back up it went!

It’s hard to get good pictures of it, but it’s beautiful!  Such a nice and regal addition to the small space.

{House} Patching Things Up

After I removed all the riffraff around the window, I was left with a lot of holes.  Which meant the next step before painting is patching.  The supplies:

I started with the center of the window, since it had the most holes and a ridge where a piece of wood used to be.

First, I sanded the sills a little to rough up the surface, take the shine off, and remove any bits and pieces.  Then, I took a little bit of the patching plaster out of the container with the putty knife, and smushed it into the holes.  I ran the putty knife over it again to smooth the patching plaster out, and make it level with the surrounding area.

Here, I’ve filled in the top two divots, but the bottom one still needs to be filled.

I was having so much fun patching the window, that I ended up running a layer over the whole piece!  There were a few paint drips that I wasn’t having luck sanding off, and with all the holes and divots, this made sense to do.  The original paint is bright white, while the patching plaster is off-white.

Then I reached up to patch the holes on the top sill.  So smooth!

The top of the window got attacked next.

This picture makes it really obvious where the patching plaster was applied.  The bright white is the existing paint, and the off-white is the patching plaster.

Remember when I said that the bottom of the fire escape gate was gross?  I wasn’t kidding!

It just took a little cleaning and some patching to become good as new.

Good thing I had so much fun patching up the window, because the walls are just as bad!

{Home} The Speed of Light

After living there for over forty years, my grandparents moved out of their house when I was in college.  I made trips down to their house to help my mom clean it out and take things back to keep.  On one of the trips, I noticed the chandelier they had hanging in their master bedroom, and asked if I could have it.  The next time my dad went down with my mom, they brought it back.

And it sat in that box for many more years, until I had a place to install it.  Which I now do!

It was heavily coated in dust and needed a good cleaning, so I got to work.  I took it out of the box, and quickly had a helper to investigate (that’s one of my parents’ cats).

I noticed how the crystals were attached to the fixture, so I could put them back in the correct place after everything was all cleaned.

Taking the crystals off was easy.  I took two yogurt cups and added warm soapy water to soak the crystals (I’m hesitant to use anything that will be used for food after cleaning projects like this, which is why I re-purposed the yogurt cups).

I used a microfiber cloth with the same warm soapy water to clean the fixture.

It took less than an hour to clean the whole thing.  It’s amazing the powers that soapy water have!

But there was still the issue that this is at my parents’ house, and I needed to get it back to New York.  So I carefully rolled up the crystals, and put them in a cloth bag to carry onto my flight back to the city.

Now all that’s left is to reassemble the light and install it!