Ever since I saw this post on Apartment Therapy I wanted to add some string lights above my patio. It took some time because I really had to get everything else figured out and finished before deciding on a product. I searched for a while, not really sure what I wanted. Some sites seemed to sell sets for what seemed like waaay to much money, while stores like Target, Walmart, Home Depot, etc. offered products that at 10′ long per string, just weren’t long enough…nor did they seem sturdy enough. I looked at some “commercial grade” options in the 50′ and 100′ lenghts that just seemed to be over doing it for my little 12′ x 12′ patio.
Ah trusty amazon. You always seem to have what I want. I ended up going with two 25′ strings of these. They got here fast and even had the bulbs packaged sepearately so that I could install the strings and then the bulbs to avoid breaking any. It took me about 3 hrs last night to get them up and mostly everything tidied up with the wiring. It was in the low 90′s and humid and the mosquitos were quite active. My garage is a little over 10′ high so I needed my big ladder. I will try and get some better pictures soon, but this is all I managed before the thunderstorms hit us.
From the kitchen window:
From the upstairs office (excuse the mess):
For reference I took this pic from the kitchen steps. From the concrete patio the lights are about 10 ft. over head.
It remains to be seen as to whether or not I need guide wires. It seemed to me that based on the thickness of the wiring and the short span, I may be able to get away with not having any guide wires. The patio is pretty sheltered from high winds by the house at the one end and the garage at the back end.
One of the great things about these lights is that you don’t have to have a bulb in every socket for them to light up. This was helpful on the garage roof and anywhere it seemed illogical to have a bulb. In these spots I was able to tightly wrap the socket in electrical tape to keep the elements out. All in all I am very happy with how my vision turned out. As I get a final spring cleaning done on the patio now that the plants are in for the year, I will get some more pictures, especially some at night.
Well Macy’s, I’ll spare you online blaspheming until I send a written letter, and I say that only because the new furniture looks amazing. They showed up around 8:45 AM on Saturday with our new couch and two chairs. As I mentioned previously, they are from their “Morgan” collection. I really like the semi-midcentury modern look. That being said, here is how we started the day:
Wainscoting done, floor cleaned, everything cleared out. It was a long week without furniture, but the wait was worth it. It finally looks like a house and not a college apartment (nice work Beth). We aren’t 100% done, we need some lamps, an end table, and eventually a more appropriately styled coffee table (that’ll def have to wait), but what a transformation. When I post the final pics I’ll try and do the whole before during and after, but here’s what we got currently:
One of the best things? Huey and his “belongings” are tucked away in the corner. In fact, he’s sleeping there as we speak. Maybe some day we will find a solution for the coats at the door, but this a rowhouse here. I don’t exactly have alot of free space to stick a closet. We’re on the verge of deciding on a dining room table set, so hopefully some shots of the entire first floor will follow this post.
Stay tuned, you know I can’t sit still and not make a mess somewhere here…
Well I’ll keep this short and sweet, mostly because I am still trying to get some more money out of them, but Macy’s screwed us and didn’t deliver our living room on Saturday. I will post an elaborate rant and formal bashing of Macy’s after we receive our furniture, because quite frankly, after our experience Saturday, I’m a little scared its even going to show up.
At any rate, we have a week of this to enjoy:
Its fun not having anything to sit on. I got so annoyed earlier that I sanded and poly’d the coffee table just so that I didn’t have to sit on the floor anymore. The good news is the wainscoting looks SICK. My brother’s photography also looks amazing. Huey seems to be OK sleeping wherever, however he was noticeably sad when I removed the old couch and chair from the living room (via the window mind you) with the help of my buddy from work Mike.
While Macy’s had me distracted for several hours arguing with customer service, I was unable to finish paining the baseboards on the first floor. I did however get some time today. I filled all the nail holes, sanded, and once coated the baseboards.
I also got to enjoy one of my favorite past times. Drywall work. That patch is from my day from hell feeding a new cable line to the bedroom closet a couple weeks ago. It was hidden by a table for a while, but now was the perfect time to take care of it.
For now we play the waiting game. We have picked out a kitchen table to replace the bar and that should be on its way soon (not from Macy’s). The office is now finished, so I plan to do a final post on that in the near future. Sorry for the delay in updating, blame Macy’s.
Well another surprisingly productive weekend is in the books. I installed my “custom” wainscoting on the couch wall Saturday and had three coats of paint on it by the end of Monday. In between that was alot of filler, sanding, caulking, and taping. I know everyone loves progress pictures so here we go. Excuse the horrible camera angles, the massive couch and chair are now in the middle of the room as they have no where else to go until they are sold (on craigslist now!).
Hopefully a few final touch-ups tonight and we will be ready for the new furniture to show up. I’m thinking that the existing couches will be gone by Sunday and the new ones showing up the following week…so I may have nothing to sit on for a week. Oh well.
Also accomplished was the start of the patio cleanup for this season. I did some plumbing work Sunday to connect the hose bib on the patio and everything seems to work great. I think we are going to coat the patio with something to make it look new. I also want to get some commercial grade string lights to go over the patio (more on that to come).
That’s all for now. Stay tuned.
Oh and PS…doesn’t the room look so much better without that tv cabinet up against the knee wall?