Chandeliers and the Library

News this week:

Bunny has been having back problems, and started having trouble using her back legs. We took her to a couple specialists, because her condition went downhill fast; one day last week she was dragging her back legs behind her. It was very grim. Imaging on Friday showed several large masses in her chest: one over her heart and one in her lungs. We prepared for the worst. Then she rallied and made a pretty decent recovery. She's still not in peak shape, but she's able to walk and wag and Sunday she got brave enough to steal cat food.

Bunny in lifting belt

That dog is going to be the death of me.

We spent some time at the house this weekend figuring out some chandelier stuff. The electricians seem baffled by the chandeliers and medallions. They did get the dining room chandelier installed, and we put the crystals on it.

Dining Room chandelier with crystals

What seems to have flummoxed them is the canopy, which is too large for this medallion. Which they would have known if they listened to me tell them I was ordering replacement canopies and not to install the ones in the boxes, but they didn't so now I need to take this down and re-do it. It's temporarily stable, but a big WTF.

The Dining Room medallion with oversized canopy

Replacement canopies are a thing, anyway. I ordered ours from Grand Brass in Connecticut. They have a great selection of stuff. There aren't many tiny canopies because most people are dealing with standard electrical boxes, but I managed to make it work.

For those asking about the medallion hangers, they are available from Vintage Hardware. That link takes you to their medallion page which has instructions for the hangers, and at the bottom of the page there are two types you can choose from. The catch with those ones was that the pipe thread cut into them is a little unusual for plumbing, so cutting the pipes to the right length if they are too long (and the next size down is too short) is a bit of an ordeal. Todd sourced replacement pipes cut to the right length for us, so that worked out.

Also over the weekend we started bringing some of our boxes of books over and unpacking them. This was just a couple carloads of boxes, and we have a lot more. Our first pass is to unload all the books from boxes onto shelves in rough categories, then I'm going to have the long painful task of sorting them all out and re-alphabetizing them.

Library ladder installed

Then this week the general contractor got the library ladder installed, which will help a lot in accessing those upper cabinets. The painters are coming back in a week or so and will paint the ladder then, so I'm going to stay off it so the wood doesn't get dirty.

Kitchen island installed

The other thing that has happened over the last few weeks is the assembly of our kitchen island. This is a rolling island, and I'm ordering the countertop for it now. The drama with the island is that the warehouse holding it lost it for several months, and I had to basically pitch a couple fits to get them to look for it. But it is here now, and mostly assembled (there are some issues with it, but they are fixable). I think it looks pretty great. Our stove was supposed to be delivered over the weekend but there was a mixup in that -- the delivery people thought they could drop it off in a garage, and as it happens we do not have a garage. So that needs to be rescheduled.

The view through the front bay

And finally, the magnolia tree is in bloom and this is one of my favourite views at this time of year.

Medallions in Place

Last weekend Todd put in yeoman work and got all the pieces of the medallions installed. Then the electricians got to work wiring the chandeliers through them.

Front parlour medallion

In the front parlour the medallion looks great. The plaster is glued to the ceiling with construction adhesive, then screwed in place. The painters will come through in a couple of weeks and fill the cracks and paint it.

Back parlour medallion

The back parlour medallion is a little simpler but looks great, too. The screws are less obvious on this one.

Front bedroom medallion

You can hardly tell this medallion was saved from the trash. And I love this bloopy modern light fixture. It's a little odd in daylight but at night it just glows like a bloopy weird bloop.

Entry medallion with chandelier

Here's the front entry medallion. This fixture is a reproduction of a period gas fixture very similar to the ones that were in the house, dangerously wired for electrical service. All the period charm without all the period fire hazards!

(The plain white dot on the ceiling is the sprinkler head.)

When I was last at the house, the electricians were doing the painful task of hanging the chandelier in the dining room, which I will save photos of until all the crystals are hung. It looks great, if a little gigantic (with no furniture in the house it's hard to see scale; dining room fixtures should hang pretty low when they are over a table).