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April 2015

Lighting the Way (for a Disaster)

Written by Lindsay Ropella

So, why is it that every time I say to Eric, “hey I have an idea for a fun little Sunday afternoon project we can do,” 6 hours later I’m wondering why I ever even suggested it.

But alas, every month I continue to do it over and over again.

And last weekend was no different. This time my seemingly innocent comment was, “hey we should replace the garage lights today real quick. It should only take like an hour tops, right?” And my dear husband, never one to turn down a home reno project, quickly agreed.

Off we skipped, hand in hand (okay, we just walked like normal people, but you get the imagery) to our local Menards and picked up these babies. I’m only slightly ashamed to admit to you that the price totally influenced our decision of which lights to purchase. But they are still pretty, and I do think they will match well with the style we are trying to achieve for our house.

An hour or so later we arrived back home and took one final look at these uglies.

This past weekend my husband and I found ourselves lighting the way for a disaster as we attempted to replace some outdoor lighting at our first home.

I got a close up just for you so that you too could witness the cloudy glass and chipping paint job that has been our outdoor lighting for (unfortunately) almost 2 years.

This past weekend my husband and I found ourselves lighting the way for a disaster as we attempted to replace some outdoor lighting at our first home.

We started by taking off the existing lights and ceremoniously throwing them into the trash. At this point, all we had left to do was connect a few wires (no problem for my handy hubby) and tighten a few screws. Or so we thought…

Turns out sometimes lighting manufacturers only include one set of screws in the box. And sometimes those screws aren’t nearly long enough for the situation you are currently workin’ with. And sometimes your husband thinks he can make them reach if his wife would just push the light onto the garage wall a little bit harder.

And sooometimes that wife almost breaks the light before said husband decides that new screws are, in fact, in order.

Thus was our Sunday afternoon for a good 3 hours.

Once Eric came to the sad conclusion that the current screws we had were never in a million years going to cut it, he searched the basement for potential new screws that were the same size in diameter but a bit longer. This period of “screw testing” as I will affectionally call it, lasted for another good hour or two.

Finally about 5 total hours later, Eric decided to give in and make the trip over to our local hardware store to spend a whole $2.83 on longer screws.

With new screws in hand we were able to complete the rest of the project in about 20 minutes. And even though I would have suggested going to get new screws about 4 hours earlier than we actually did, I’m happy to report we are more than thrilled with the final result.

This past weekend my husband and I found ourselves lighting the way for a disaster as we attempted to replace some outdoor lighting at our first home.

Much better, no?

This past weekend my husband and I found ourselves lighting the way for a disaster as we attempted to replace some outdoor lighting at our first home.

I love how they look next to the porch. Repainting the railing is one of the next things on our to-do list.

This past weekend my husband and I found ourselves lighting the way for a disaster as we attempted to replace some outdoor lighting at our first home.

So other then now being perpetually haunted with nightmares about screw size, I’d say things went pretty well.

You just might not see up attempting to replace the other 3 outdoor lights for a few more weeks…sigh.

 
 

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  • Sarah K.

    Oh, see now you CAN replace the other three lights since you have the package of extra screws. Do it quick so that you don’t lose them. I love the new lights, BTW!

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com/ Lindsay Ropella

      lol yes that is true! Eric may just not want to hear that for another weekend or so. But yes, we are pros at it now! ;) Thank you, we are really liking them as well! xo

  • http://aprioritizedmarriage.com/ Amberly

    Hahaha, I love this! We had similar things happen when I tried to finish my front room. Just switching out light outlets turned into a massive project!

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com/ Lindsay Ropella

      WHY does that always seem to happen?! Oh well, we said we wanted something to keep us busy, so I guess that’s exactly what we got. :)

  • Melissa @ Loving Here

    Oh, yes, the battle of never having the right screws. We’ve fought that good fight many times. Too bad the screws always win. Looks great, though!

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com/ Lindsay Ropella

      haha oh absolutely! I’m seriously considering taking out stock in a screw company…those jerks really know what they’re doing ;)

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