March 30, 2011
In researching my design board for the backyard and the back porch, I found a website called Barn Light Electric. The website says they sell “true American-made and manufactured light fixtures”, which is awesome. Unfortunately my wallet does not really agree with their prices, so I was forced to consider other sources for the extra exterior lights we need and I was surprised and amazed to discover some of the options available from Lowe’s.
1. Bel Air Lighting 1-Light Stainless Steel Wall Lantern $29.98
2. Portfolio 1-Light Outdoor Wall Light $21.98
3. Portfolio 1-Light Rust Outdoor Wall Light $19.98
I think when we get around to putting up a couple more exterior lights we’re going to go with #3 (although #2 was a close second, and Robert really liked #1). I love it when my favorite option also happens to be the least expensive!
While looking at the above options for around the outside of the back porch, Lowe’s thought it would be helpful to break my heart with the price of a light I decided we needed for the front porch (right now we have a lantern from HomeGoods that we retrofitted, but it hangs kind of low). Thankfully I found another option with a quick Google search, and I like it even more!
1. Sea Gull Lighting Specialty Finish Metal Ceiling Fixture Outdoor Light $103.50
2. Grand River Lodge Fisherman’s Ceiling Light $39.99
I also loved this (and the price was much better than the one for $93.63 at Lowe’s), but that might be a bit much for our small porch.
Is anyone else thinking about changing up exterior lighting soon?
September 26, 2010
Yesterday evening after I got home from work, we ran a few errands and retrieved some Jo-Ann coupons from Emiley (thanks again for that!) and then Robert and I started working on the bed frame for the guest room. We bought four 1″ x 8″ x 8′ boards, four 6″ Queen Anne legs and a pneumatic stapler (we like overkill) from Lowe’s. Since our frame was going to be a faux frame that fit around the existing metal frame (at least to start with) we took two of the boards and marked how long they needed to be in order to fit around the basic metal frame rather than measuring the boards to roughly 60″ and 80″ like the standard queen sized bed frame. We decided to lay the boards out in the following (not to scale) arrangement with triangular pieces in the corners to stabilize and provide a place to attach the Queen Anne legs.
We used the brad nailer we bought for the pallet project to attach the boards together and add the corner pieces, and then Robert added a few staples from the top.
We used one of our many hammers (this one actually came free with purchase of our compressor and brad nailer) to hold the triangles in place while we nailed them so that the two inch brads didn’t go into our fingers.
We also elevated the triangle and nailer a bit with some scrap wood.
Later today (technically) we’ll drill holes in the triangles to screw the legs into, and wrap the frame with batting and fabric.
Also, is anyone surprised that after my meltdown we went with something other than the grey wool?
Being that we are (currently) a teeny, tiny blog we were not paid by Bostitch to use or mention their products (but if anyone from Bostitch happens up on our blog- we really like our 6 gallon compressor, brad nailer and stapler!)
September 13, 2010
In the wake of this weekend’s football, new baby cuteness and DIY Fail I am stopping in this morning with a quick update about the stack of pallets in our yard. And because I am evil I’m not going to reveal exactly what we’re doing with the pallets, but they do have something to do with the guest room.
Last week we went to Lowe’s and bought an air compressor and brad nailer kit, thinking that we could surely break down the pallets quickly and with this new toy in hand the actual pallet-crafting portion would be no problem.
Well, the breaking the pallets down part didn’t go quite as well as we were hoping, even though we followed the advice of Katie over at Bower Power. I think this is because we were using an 18v battery-powered sawzall (it’s all we had!) instead of a corded one like Jeremy probably used and the pallets we have are probably a lot older than what they had. So Robert went back to Lowe’s and bought a big-ass crowbar (yes, that’s a technical term, kind of like a BFH. …what, you don’t know what a BFH is? no worries, you’re not missing much), which he quickly determined is probably going to work better for him for this task (possibly combined with borrowing his dad’s corded sawzall).
That’s all I have to say this morning, but we’re hoping that Plan D with the liquor cabinet paper works, so I have something slightly more exciting to post about tomorrow. Hopefully everyone is still on an opening weekend football high like I am!