Transition Kitchen

Microwave Center -- Temporary Kitchen
Crockpot central
Cooking is definitely a challenge when your kitchen is a major construction area!   I made a temporary kitchen in the dining room.  Sharing this morning in case you are thinking of ripping out your kitchen for a redo — a dose of reality!!  It will be so worth it all in the long run.   This is Crockpot Central.  I have the lunch crockpot going and am getting ready to load the dinner crockpot.

Work Space
The Work Station is on a corner of the dining table.  I’m making a crockpot peach cobbler.  You won’t be reading that recipe here.  Total fail even though the work crew gamely ate a portion each — they were really hungry, which helped it go down :-)

Coffee and Snack Station
The all important coffee, tea and snack station.  We break about 4ish each afternoon for a sit down snack, because we are usually involved in something that can’t be easily interupted for dinner.  We’ve had everything from ice cream and cookies to apple slices and peanut butter to lunch leftovers and a bag of baby carrots — all at one snack time. 

Microwave Center -- Temporary Kitchen
Microwave central gets a good share of traffic.  The totes hold kitchen utensils and necessities.  I use what is on top instead of being particular about the “right” utensil.  Oh yeah — if you are thinking about doing a kitchen redo, remember to put a hand can opener in the tote you will be working from — not in the basement in the tote at the bottom of a pile–because you will need one sooner or later!   And prepare to do dishes in odd places because there is no kitchen water supply!   Even using paper goods, there WILL be dishes of some sort to wash.

Fancy Lunch
We still took time for a “fancy” lunch to celebrate a birthday.  Note the cutting board placemats — heat shields because hot foods on thin plates need them.   The actual work is coming along well, in spite of some obstacles and puzzles.  I can’t wait to share the results with you! 

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How to change your light fixture in seven easy steps

ow to Change Light Fixtures -- A Pinch of Joy
How to Change Light Fixtures in 7 easy steps -- A Pinch of Joy
After we added the decorative paneling to the office, removed the wallpaper and painted the walls,  the rest of the room began to whimper for change.  We needed a new light fixture and knew it would be a do it yourself installation.   We’ve installed a number of them before and have it down to seven easy steps for installing light fixtures.  If everything goes right, of course.   The office lighting definitely needed improvement — in more ways than one.  Want proof?  Look below . . . .

1LightFixtureOnce again Wheels and I were in the home improvement store — this time ISO a new light fixture for the office on the list.  I walked around  the lighting section and was smitten with a visually lightweight,  filigreed silver pendant light.  I found him, said I have something to show you.  He meandered over after picking out some tools, looked up at the light as he rounded the corner at the opposite end of where I was standing, pointed to the one I liked and said “I like that.”  Well, good!   Decision easily made.  Something magic in the home improvement aisle!  :-)

We brought it home, enlisted the aid of tall Bytes and a very short time later, had a new light fixture in the office!  Here’s how we did it in seven easy steps.  

1  Turn off power at the source.  Go to your breaker box and switch off the circuit that powers the light.  Note: DO NOT assume that this circuit also controls other electrical hookups in the same room or even that it controls all the visible wires in the electrical box that powers the light.  Assumptions will get you in trouble!  Bytes can attest to this as he thought it was okay to replace a wall outlet because the ceiling light went out when he tripped the breaker.  Big flash and smarter Bytes!  Fortunately he was using a screwdriver with insulated handle.  He recommends you do, too!

Remove Old Light Fixture -- A Pinch of Joy  

 2 Remove old light fixture.  A helper to hold the fixture while you do the next steps is good!  You are both, of course, standing on a firm surface.  People who are 6’4”ish with boots on, like Bytes,  can stand on the floor.  Shorter people (6 foot or less, like Wheels)  are using a sturdy ladder. At my short height,  I know my limitations.  I chase dropped screws and find tools of which I do not know the name. . . but that are always located somewhere unspecific in the cold garage.  

3 Use a circuit tester to make sure that the fixture is not receiving power.  If you don’t know what this is – please take time to do more research (and buy one of these inexpensive tools, if necessary).  Get in the habit of doing this every time you work with electric wiring!  Inspect the wiring to make sure it is in good shape with no broken insulation and no bare wires.  Make sure the electrical box in the ceiling is firmly installed.  Tighten screws if necessary.  

3Light Fixture wiring - A Pinch of Joy

4 There are matching wires on the light fixture itself.   The colored wire is the hot wire.  It is usually black, but can also be red.  The white is the neutral wire.  Green is ground.  Sometimes the ground wire is bare, but will be fastened with a green screw to a bracket.  Remove the electrical tape or wire nuts from the wires in that order.   Set aside or dispose of the old fixture.

4UnpackLight Fixture--A Pinch of Joy

Unpack the new fixture and check the instructions for how your specific fixture needs to be fastened to the ceiling.  Certain basics apply but there are some differences depending on weight, style, etc. If you are switching the light fixture for one of the same type – a domed light for a domed light, for example – you may be able to use the old installation hardware.  Check to see before removing the old one.  If there is substantial difference or you are switching from one type of light fixture to another,  install any straps, fasteners or brackets according to directions. 

5LightFixture -- A Pinch of Joy

In our case, we were switching from a dome to a pendant so we also had to install the new and correct mounting hardware.  Here Bytes is checking the length of the chain.  He was concerned for head clearance — for some reason. 

6 Light Fixture Connections

6.  Have a helper hold the light fixture while you match and fasten colored wire to colored wire, white wire to white and screw the ground wires down with the green screw.

 Fasten Light Fixture to ceiling -- A Pinch of Joy
7.  Finish the installation.  Raise the light fixture to the ceiling and into place.  Fasten screws.

Light Fixture Finished Install -- A Pinch of Joy
Add the recommended light bulbs and the fixture cover.  Turn the power back on. 

Light Fixture pattern -- A Pinch of Joy


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Powder Room Redo: Reveal

Powder Room Redo - The Reveal -- A Pinch of Joy
Powder Room Redo - The Reveal -- A Pinch of Joy

Finally!  The Powder Room Reveal. I told you about the agony of choosing color and then about the factors to consider in color choice, plus one great tip I discovered to make it easy if that isn’t your forte.  Last week, I showed you some of the things we did on the way to a new and improved powder room.  Wanna see how it turned out?

Open the powder room door from the hallway and you see the Eiffel Tower!  Bold and totally unexpected. The Eiffel Tower piece dominates because of its size and placement but doesn’t overwhelm because it’s also simple.  It’s a personal reminder of our “weekend in Paris”.  The towel has the exact pewtery color of the art background as one of its elements and just tickles me when I see the two together.  Yeh, I really am delighted by such things!   

Powder RoPowder Room Reveal - A Pinch of Joy

What you see is what you get.  This room is just as small as it looks!  A rug (from Target) combines the pewter and turquoise again.  And no, the paint job at the baseboard isn’t nearly as bad as the photo makes it seem!  

  Powder Room Reveal -- A Pinch of Joy

I changed the color of the picture frame so I could use it here– love the pop of the complementary orange color.  The tank cover came from Wheels grandmother’s linens – who knew they made such things!   The new wall cabinet is much bigger than what we had before.  I am so happy that we finally have a place for “health and beauty”.  Because of the different work and sleep schedules, the main bathrooms upstairs are not always available.  I keep a second set of makeup, toothbrushes and key medications here, as well as quick first aid fixes and the vitamins that wouldn’t get taken if the consumer had to make a trip upstairs.   Our homes have to support the life we live!  

  4a Above Medicine Cabinet

Because the room is small, boxy and utilitarian, I wanted to keep the eye moving.  Going up seemed to be the solution.  Plus this is what is reflected in the mirror from a certain and often used point of view in the room.  So the top of the cabinet landed a display of a small collection of stoneware items while the metallic charger behind provides a bit of flash. 

  Powder Room Reveal -- A Pinch of Joy

The new vanity (allen+ roth from Lowe’s) fit perfectly and also provides much more usable storage than the previous two door cabinet.  I love that it is a no-stoop height too! 

 Powder Room Reveal -- A Pinch of Joy

The mirror needed a bit of flourish above it for that height and eye movement thing I mentioned earlier.  The brass of the light fixture was sprayed a silvery color to update it and make it a little less obvious.   

 Powder Room Reveal -- A Pinch of Joy

The planter was fifty cents at a garage sale and is just the right size and color for this spot!  The orchid is a total texture change and a color relief from the other accessories.

  8Sink Right

To the right of the sink displays some of the photos Wheels took in Alaska.  We’ve not displayed any of our travel photos or mementoes before.  The time just seemed right that this would become a sort of undercurrent theme in this round of house renovation. 

  Powder Room Reveal -- A Pinch of Joy

The left of the sink – well, it’s been an experimental art gallery.   The one that lasted the longest and seemed to fit best was the black framed monogram so it’s likely to be the permanent one.   Plus it’s the one hanging there now — and there are other projects calling!   

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