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.
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.
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.
Much better, no?
I love how they look next to the porch. Repainting the railing is one of the next things on our to-do list.
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.