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I can see the finish line! (post #55310)

I can actually see the finish line.  The kitchen has been primed, and painted with two coats.  The sun room/breakfast room has been primed and painted, and the painter is finishing up the trim.  They installed a backer board above the ceiling for my pot rack, so it would have plenty to hang on to.  Of course, I still haven't gotten a shipping date on the island...that will definitely be the last part of the puzzle.  The electricians came today to move the chandelier in the dining room.  Fortunately, about ten minutes after they arrived, the chandelier we want to install arrived...two days early!


Elder DD (The AntiCook) mailed it, after quite a few rejections (UPS wouldn't take it, neither would a mover, and she finally got FedEx to bring it to us.)  It arrived in a huge box, surrounded by styrofoam peanuts, in about a gazillion pieces.  The chandelier hung over my Mom's dining table for decades, then spent the past ten years in elder DD's attic, so we had no idea how it would survive the move from Louisiana to North Carolina.  DD warned me to be sure and go through the box to pick up any little pieces which had fallen off...boy, was she right about that!  I spent most of the day trying to put it together, like a giant jigsaw puzzle, found a local lamp place which had some of the crystals I was missing, and found someone to solder the one brass finial which was broken (I took off another one to give him something to go by.)  When I get the finials back, it will have a place of honor above the dining room table.  In the meantime, it's hanging from between two chairs in the dining room, waiting for its missing pieces.  I just love it, and think it's beautiful.  I'm attaching some pictures.  The first was after I was about half through putting it together, and the last two are the completed product.  I'm very proud of it.




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Regality's picture

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I know it probably seems like this has taken forever, but for all the work you've had done, from this side of the computer, it seems to have gone licketysplit...or at least lickety & what a magnificent chandelier!

 


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Jean's picture

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Hey, what a treasure!



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Glenys's picture

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I'd kill to put that in a pristine all white, sleek and modern bathroom with a few dark wood accents and tons of fluffy white towels.  What a great juxtaposition to soften the look, and give flattering light to those who need it!?

MadMom's picture

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Ooooh, that would be pretty, wouldn't it?  Afraid it's going to hang over my dining room table, just like it hung over my Mom's - I think that's a nice tradition to keep up.




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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #55310, reply #5 of 40)

Wow! I used to have a pair of earrings that looked just like that! (GDR). That is a magnificent chandelier - I cannot wait to visit you and have dinner under that beauty, even if you do madmom the food...





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CulinaryArtist's picture

(post #55310, reply #6 of 40)

It's certainly a beauty and deserves the noble spot you've selected, enjoy!

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Jean's picture

(post #55310, reply #7 of 40)

I'm glad I don't have to clean it though. :)



My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

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A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
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help to provide free mammograms for women in need
debe5t's picture

(post #55310, reply #8 of 40)

What a great adventure you are on.The chandelier is lovely but I do like Glenys' suggestion to use it the bathroom. Maybe in your next house! :) You make me wish I had taken my Mum's chandelier when I was empting her house after she passed away.At the time too many memories of taking down all the individual crystals and cleaning I did as a kid.I know you cook a lot but do you entertain a lot also? Deb

MadMom's picture

(post #55310, reply #9 of 40)

...and Jean.  Cleaning will be ridiculous!  Willie Ray bought some of that spray stuff that you just spray on and it supposedly cleans the crystals, but I don't think it works that well.  I'll probably do a super cleaning before I hang it, then let it be.  Remember, I'm a slob, and he's the cleaner.


No, deb, we're not big entertainers, especially since we moved and know very few people.  I just enjoy sitting in the dining room, though, and think it will be so lovely.  Lots of nice memories of family dinners sitting at Mom's table.




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marie-louise's picture

(post #55310, reply #10 of 40)

What a wonderful addition & tradition to have something of your Mom's.

I am doing something very different but for the same reason: we are getting the same handcrafted terra cotta tiles that my parents had in their hallway. Quite by accident, I stumbled across the company's website. We went to their Bay Area factory a few weeks ago & got some samples. I brought home one floor tile & it brings back such wonderful memories to see these tiles.

MadMom's picture

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That's wonderful!  I know you'll enjoy both the tiles and the memories.



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Sammy2's picture

(post #55310, reply #12 of 40)

When we were growing up we cleaned the chandelier twice a year.  We had a kind of assembly line going, taking the crystals off, washing, drying and back on.  Why not engage your grandchildren in this job?  I'm certain that they would be wide-eyed, especially as you tell them stories about your mother while cleaning.  That way they will have similar wonderful memories.  Just a thought.

Tuck's picture

(post #55310, reply #16 of 40)

Awwww, that is so nice.  It is lovely.  So here's a cleaning suggestion for you. I'd probably get one or two of those mesh bags (or as many as you need) to hold the crystals so they are all laying flat and run it through the dishwasher.  Do any of your racks in your dishwasher lay down or come off?  You'd have a nice flat surface then.  I'm sure you wouldn't have to use soap, the heat from the water would probably do it or you could run them through a cycle with a cup of vinegar.  They'd dry nicely too, saving you from a lot of work.  I think that's why we have machines, no? 


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MadMom's picture

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I actually thought of that.  My DW came with a mesh bag which attaches to one side with velcro, which would have held some crystals.  As it is, I sprayed it heavily with the chandelier spray, and it looks pretty good.  I will say this, if I live to be a hundred, odn't think I'll ever take all the crystals off and clean them, LOL.  What some might call dirt, I would refer to as patina.



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Regality's picture

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What some might call dirt, I would refer to as patina.


You can be sure I'll be quoting you!!!!





 

 

 


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MadMom's picture

(post #55310, reply #20 of 40)

Got the chandelier hung yesterday.  Have to replace some of the bulbs, as Willie Ray bought some which were entirely too big, but who cares?  Also will have to carefully straighten out some parts, but it's up there, where it belongs, and that's what counts.  The electricians hung it, turned on the switch, and nothing happened.  They checked the wires.  Nothing.  They changed the wires, nothing.  Finally one said I might have to have it all rewired.  Not only would that be ungodly expensive, but it would involve taking it back down and transporting it somewhere, which I'm sure AntiCook can back me on this...it isn't easy to move.  Finally, he tried the bare bulb which they had hung before when they moved the chandelier location.  Nothing.  AHA!  That had been working.  Fiddled with the wall switch, and the bulb came on.  Reconnected the chandelier, and it works.  Whew! 



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Ricks503's picture

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It looks beautiful.  I bet your blood pressure was a tad higher towards the end of that episode!  LOL


I (personal taste) would have hung it about 6-12" lower.



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MadMom's picture

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We didn't have too much choice, since it didn't have any chain or anything to lower it.  I know, I could have gotten some, but at the time, I was just so darn happy to get it up!  Now I'm off looking for new light bulbs.  And yes, good thing no one was measuring my blood pressure...although I'm taking some of the craziness of this reno in stride.  Must be old age increasing my tolerance?  Nyah!



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Jean's picture

(post #55310, reply #23 of 40)

Beautiful. Looks right at home. :)



My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.

- Buddy Hackett

http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #55310, reply #24 of 40)

Wow! Your dining room looks lovely. I agree that the chandelier could hang a few inches lower, but it is just so elegant, and looks so at home. Can't wait to visit!





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MadMom's picture

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That's what I wanted to hear...you and LOYL are always welcome, you know!



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avak123's picture

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Just gorgeous!

unbaked's picture

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Gorgeous.


I love your dining room chairs, they look a lot like mine.


The trees all around your dining room windows look so cool and refreshing.


The room is just perfect, though I wouldn't want to be the one who cleans that crystal in the corner, but I bet it's all lovely!


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drussell's picture

(post #55310, reply #28 of 40)

Beautiful dining room and chandelier!


I just read a comment that unbaked has chairs similar to yours. Well add another CTer who has those chairs. If mine aren't a replica, they're pretty darn close. People on this board have great taste, and it's not only in their mouths. Pretty bad joke but I couldn't resist. 

MadMom's picture

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Hmm...we could get together and seat a large dinner of 24 or so, right?  I don't even remember where I got those chairs, have had them for ages, but I like them for the two or three times a year we eat in the dining room.


As far as polishing all the crystal goes, there are three big cabinets full of crystal, and one full of rather ornate china birds.  I thought I would never get them all unpacked and put away, then when we had the new floor put in, had to empty all the cabinets so they could be moved, then put everything back when the floor was done.  I think that was the worst part of the whole reno.


About the trees, the house sits in the middle of about five acres, all of which has trees.  Not good for gardening, but great for cutting down on energy consumption!  The pines must be 50-60 ft tall at least, and the hardwoods are close.  I love it.  There are wonderful views out every window.




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Marcia's picture

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Pine straw make wonderful mulch. Places are selling it now for a fortune.

assibams's picture

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Wow, that looks stunning! (Although I have to agree with the hang-it-lower 'gang' *g*)


BTW, Ian was peeking over my shoulder when I opened the pic and immediately burst out: That is so much nicer than our dining room. Quite the compliment from a teen - he's yours if you want him ;-)



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MadMom's picture

(post #55310, reply #37 of 40)

Well, he is my virtual grandson...bring him over here for a trial run, LOL.



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assibams's picture

(post #55310, reply #38 of 40)

Ooooohh, that sounds tempting :-)


Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

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MadMom's picture

(post #55310, reply #39 of 40)

You did notice I said bring him over, not send him over!



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