Tag Archives: Lighting

3 things you should know about picking the right chandelier

Having just installed a chandelier in a bedroom of all places, it made me wonder.  Is there a guideline about size and weight of a chandelier in a room?  You betcha!

Here are 3 things you should know for picking the right chandelier:

Sizing it Up

Designer rule of thumb for determining the correct size light fixture (if going over a table) is to go with a fixture that has a diameter that is half the diameter (or width) of the tabletop. For instance, if the table is a rectangle that is 48” wide, a chandelier that is approximately 24” (half of the 48” width of the table) in diameter is a great choice. If the table is a 60” round diameter, a 30” diameter chandelier would be appropriate.

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Cut the cord! 5 steps to convert a plug in chandelier to a hardwired fixture

Found the perfect chandelier, and after a small delay in shipping, finally received it only to find out it was a plug-in with a cord! Surprise!  No worries, this is fixable.   Converting a cord/plug fixture is very similar to installing a regular light fixture.

** Safety first!  Turn the circuit breaker off to the light switch in question before attempting any electrical work.  A small hand-held amp probe held onto the wires should confirm if the circuit is dead.  If you encounter any conditions that are not as described, you should always consult with an electrician.  Anything beyond existing fixture changes should also consider any local building codes and ordinances.

Let’s get started:

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Portfolio Bathroom Remodel 2

Another portfolio for bathroom makeover ideas!  This bathroom was a late 80′s vanilla room with oak cabinets, tulip track lighting, marbled vanity and tub with white tile and beige carpet. See how it goes from “ho-hum” to “wow”
Some of the projects completed like tile and faucet replacement will take a little more know-how, but in time, will be talking about all of this on this site.

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A Home Remodel Series (Part 1-Before Demo)

One of my friends recently purchased a beautiful new home and has decided to complete certain improvements before moving day.  Basically, with ivory walls and beige carpet along with white tiles in all baths, the home is a virtual blank canvas for aspiring do-it-yourself’ers!!  My friend has generously agreed to let me take photos of the work before, during and after in order to follow the progress; at the same time, I will provide step-by-step advice on how to complete some of the work so that you may choose to do the same in your own home!  Some of the projects have a varying level of difficulty that you may opt to hire profession help for.

Stay tuned!!!

The blank canvas awaits:

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6 Quick and Easy Tips for a Budget Kitchen Makeover

Ahhh Spring!  Warmth, rebirth, freshen are all words that come to mind.  How about applying those ideals to the heart of your home? Here a few quick and simple ways to makeover your kitchen without breaking the bank.

1) Cabinet Hardware      Budget-$1.50-$5 per knob (and upwards for fancier styles)

A cabinet without hardware is sometimes like wearing your Sunday best with sneakers.  Or maybe you already have cabinet hardware but they are showing their age or the finish isn’t quite in style any longer. A little knob or pull goes a long way to give your cabinets a new “pow”.

See also:

http://agirlcandoit.com/2010/04/26/cabinet-hardware-how-to-install/

http://agirlcandoit.com/2010/04/24/selecting_cabinet_hardware/

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