Basement Workspace

I had a lot planned for today.

First on the agenda was replacing three light fixtures.  I had never done it before but YouTube videos lead me to believe that they were projects I could tackle on my own.

A co-worker of mine bought a house the same time I did and gave me some of the light fixtures he took out of his new house.  They have been in my basement for years so I decided it was time to hang them up!

We started in my bedroom.  The fan in here was old and ugly and didn’t provide much light or move much air.

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Oh, and it was covered in dust.  To be honest, my mom tried to clean it and I stopped her-I didn’t want that dust swirling around my bedroom!

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I realize that this chandelier probably belongs in a dining room but I really love it in here!  It’s so much brighter and much more attractive than the old ceiling fan!

Feeling (overly) confident we moved to the living room

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It’s not as ugly as the one that was in the bedroom but it also wasn’t pretty.  I replaced the shades and my mom painted the fan blades but it still wasn’t great.  Since the only air conditioning in my house is in the form of a window unit in my bedroom, I really needed to keep a ceiling fan in here.  Luckily, the aforementioned co-worker also gave me two ceiling fans that matched.  The plan was to put one in the living room and the other in the kitchen to replace this guy:

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After what felt like hours I gave up trying to get the old ceiling fan down in the living room.  I don’t know why it’s so hard but my living room currently looks like this:

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I dismantled most of the fan but can not get that last piece down!  Luckily, my dad is coming over tomorrow to look at it so I can hopefully get these two light fixtures up before the end of my vacation!

One thing I did accomplish today was a work space in my basement!  I have been needing a place to work on projects so I can reclaim my kitchen:

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I have ample space downstairs so it was really just a matter of creating some places to put stuff and making a surface to cut on.

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This is the space I had to work with so I moved the doors and mirror to the other side of that wall.

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I started with the table I got at IKEA and added a pegboard above it.

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Then I added the wire shelves and my super fancy scrap wood storage bin.

I know I have more stuff to put up here but it’s spread throughout my house so as I find stuff I’m glad that I have a place to put it!

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This space is going to be so nice when I tackle my kitchen island project!

Tomorrow’s plan is to finish the inside of the shed and maybe resolve that pesky light in the living room!

-A

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