Alicia and I found some nice Tiffany-style lamps for a reasonable price at an antique store a couple of months ago.
Ever since then, I’ve been looking for a Tiffany-style light kit for the ceiling fan in the living room. There are some nice little shades available for the individual bulbs on a standard light kit, but at $60 apiece, that’s $180 to dress up an old fan.
We found some cheap and fairly simple bedside lamps with stained-glass shades at Walmart. While I was looking at one the other day, it struck me that the threaded shaft that holds the top of the shade is the same as the kind used in a ceiling fan light kit. So I borrowed the shade from my lamp and the curved piece from the bottom of the fan and got started. I stuck the little threaded pipe through the hole and attached the two items together with a nut.
I bought this fan light replacement socket at HD or Lowe’s for about $5.
It gets threaded on the pipe inside the light shade. The wires go up through the pipe.
Then the curved metal piece gets attached back to the fan with its three screws, and we’re ready for a bulb. Now we have a Tiffany-type light kit on the fan, total cost about $50 instead of $180. Nothing fancy but it will do for now.
At the same antique store, we found this Tiffany-style window decoration. I hung that today, too. It was tricky because the window is not built normally and I had to drill three times to hit wood.
I also hung this shelf, at Alicia’s request. The tree is made from a steel drum by an artist in Haiti. My sister Ruth sent it to us. The tree is thematic of our new life as a couple.
Ruth also gave us this hanging. (These are things that we hung up when we moved in.)
This is Salvadoran decor I brought from Dallas.
And this Colombian and Panamanian stuff. Alicia reframed the big molas. The tree we bought online. It was made 50 years ago, can’t remember the brand name. Alicia painted it because this set was unpainted.
Here’s the other half of the set of trees. Dang, photo’s fuzzy. The paint really dresses up the trees. The print below is from Old Time Pottery.
I went out to the shop to get something, and took a look at my desk. The bubbles all popped! The finish looks smooth! It’s a little tacky yet, so I’ll let it dry a couple more days and then sand it and add another coat.
The drawer fronts look good, too.
The bases have a darker color than I like. Too bad.
I finished up by cleaning the cat porch and vacuuming downstairs. Then I showered and visited a nearby Hispanic church that meets at 5:30. Pleasant place, but the sound was horribly loud, even with my usual Kleenex earplugs. If we go back I’ll talk to the pastor about it.
Now it’s time to talk with Alicia. Unfortunately the internet is down at her sister’s apartment where she’s staying in Medellín. Two companies merged to form a new huge company, and were awarded a huge contract, and don’t have the infrastructure to fulfill it, so the internet and cell phone service keep crashing. Fortunately Alicia’s phone is with a different company, Tigo, which has been reliable.