12 Sep 2013

Retro Lights for the Kitchen

Hang on kids....we are going back in time.

I can't believe my Mom actually agreed to let me share this picture with you...that's her on the right. Raise your hands if you think there is a slight resemblance between us.  Yup, it's a bit scary actually. Mr. Swell knows exactly what I am going to look like in 30 years.


Retro Hanging Lights

Anyhow, I LOVE those lights behind her. Aren't they so retro that they are actually cool? They belonged to my grandparents and I used to just marvel at them when I would go and visit. They were up in every house I remember them living in, and I always used to think it was so neat that they had coloured lights since we only had normal ceiling lights at our house (isn't it funny the things you remember as a kid?).

When my grandparents moved out of their condo, my Mom carefully packed up the lights and shipped them across the country for me to have.  Sadly, they sat in our basement in storage for more than 2 years just waiting for me to decide on the 'perfect place'.  I was hesitant to put them up in our house because I knew it wasn't our forever house...and I wanted the lights to be up for a very long time.

Well, I am happy to say the lights have found a home in our new kitchen!

Retro Lights In the Kitchen

And you have to promise not to judge me based on all of the clutter and mess......

Retro Lights In the Kitchen

That was Fin's little play area while we were laying flooring. She'd perch herself up on the laminate boxes and watch her movies while we worked.

Retro Lights In the Kitchen

Can you tell that I am sort of obsessed with them?  I love that they have history, but are still so fun and bring a sense of whimsy to the space.  I am also incredibly happy that they are no longer sitting in the basement!

My Mom says she remembers her parents getting them sometime in the 60s, so they are at least 50 years old.  The electrical is all still original and we simply added new bulbs.

Our current dining table doesn't fit in this little eating nook, so I set out on search of a new smaller table.  It only took a bit of scouring Kijiji and I was able to find a really cute black retro looking set.

Retro Lights In the Kitchen

It was listed for $50, which I figured was a pretty fair price for the table and 4 chairs.  When Mr. Swell went to pick it up though, he noticed that there were some issues with the table itself.  There are screw holes popping up through the bottom into the top.  It has cracked the finish, which is really too bad.

Table Top

The seller hadn't actually realized that it wasn't in perfect condition, so she let us have it for $25.  I originally thought that I'd be able to fix the top or replace it, but the more I think about it, the more I am thinking I'd like a round table in the space.  So, for $25 we still got 4 really decent retro looking chairs (that are very toddler friendly too!) and I will keep my eyes peeled for a round table.  While I am looking this one will work just fine and will give me a chance to figure out how big of a table I can have in the little nook.

There is one more light that goes with this set that is an orange pendant.  I haven't found a home for it yet, but I am sure I will!

And while we are on the topic of lights, I found a fantastic light for our stairwell and I hope we are going to have time to hang it in the next week or so.  I finished painting the stairwell this week and am quite happy that it's done.  Now all we have to do is get a 26 foot ladder, balance it on the stairs, perch a little to the left, lean to the right, and attach some wires. Here's hoping that hanging the light doesn't involve any trips to the emergency room.

Please excuse me if The Week's End is a few days late this week. Our internet is moving on Saturday to the new house and I am not sure how long it will take for everything to get up and running again (or for me to dig a trench through the boxes to the computer!)




33 comments:

  1. I loooooove that light and it is beyond cool that it got passed down.

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  2. Oh how fun! Love that it is a memory too :) xo Kristin

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  3. The natural light that comes into that room, really makes those AMAZING light fixtures shine without electricity! I love stories like this, you don't just own a kicken' light, it has that fantastic story attached to it! I have to say, I am totally jealous that you have an empty house to paint! ;)

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    1. Thanks Laurie! I love that it has a little history to it too. As much as I love a good thrift store find and always have fun making up 'history' for my finds, I like it better when it's my own history. And let me tell you, I am VERY thankful that the house is empty for us to paint. Our carpet is coming in on Monday and we have been running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to get all of the painting done before the carpet is in. Painting goes about 10 times faster when you don't have to worry about drips or cutting in around baseboards.

      Thanks for the comment!

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  4. Those lights are ridiculously fun. And I really like the fact that they have such a story behind them. My grandparents passed away when I was just starting college. I wish I had known to grab more of things I loved as a child!

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  5. As OCD as I am, that blemish on the table would not bother me. I'd just put a little glue in there and tap it down with a hammer. The lights are incredible. They remind me of Fiestaware.

    I love watching your progress! ~Brenda Roberts~

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    1. I hadn't thought of that Brenda! I had always been thinking that I needed to put a new wood top on it, or fill the hole and repaint, blah, blah, blah. But maybe you are right...maybe I should just tap them down and then maybe try and hide them with placemats.
      Thanks!

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  6. Dude. That LIGHT. So jealous! I love the colors... what a fun inspiration piece for the rest of that area.

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    1. Thank you! I couldn't be happier with them, and I love that they are in a location that I can see from so many other rooms.

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  7. Those lights look PERFECT with the new table. How fun! It's going to be so fun to see how you continue to incorporate the colors into the space. Love love love it!

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    1. Thank you! What you haven't seen is the lovely pink counter just outside of the frame. To say it's clashing is an understatement. I am going to have to deal with the pink really soon before it drives me insane.

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  8. Wow those lights look too cool!!!

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  9. Those lights are AWESOME and I love the history of them. Too cool.

    Runt
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  10. Gorgeous lights! The colors are beautiful. Even though the table might not work out, $25 for those 4 chairs is a steal! Can't wait to see how the room comes together :)

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    1. I know, right? That's what I figured. It's really hard to find chairs for that price around here...and the vinyl is all in perfect condition. I think it's cheaper than buying folding chairs.

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  11. Neat-o! I love them. Tremendous character. Those colors really work in that space.

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  12. oh, wow! those lights are amazing! Even without the family history, they'd be wonderful, but throw that in and it's just so fabulous that you have them :)

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  13. No way Kelly, those lights are crazy incredible!! I LOVE that they were your grandparents, they'd be my favorite thing in the house!

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  14. Love the bright happy mid century modern look of those lights!

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  15. I tried to comment earlier... not sure what happened! I love that those are your grandparents. It certainly shows off their personality... what a hip couple! They look awesome in your space!

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    1. Strange! Thank you. Yes, my grandparents had some really awesome stuff and weren't afraid to spend money on home decor - luckily for me :)

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  16. Oh my goodness...I love those and I love the meaning behind them. They look so much brighter and brand new in your picture compared to the first. So perfect...anything you do in this room will be better with those lights. I luuuuuuuurve them! ;)

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  17. I LOVE those lights. And I love that they have a history in your family. Your retro table is awesome and what a bummer about the screws. You could probably put a new top on it, if your round table search comes up empty. I'm loving where you're going with your new house and its style. Can't wait to see more!

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  18. I'm completely in love with those lights! I can't wait to see everything you have planned. Amazing!

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  19. The lights are SO great and it's so nice that they were your grandparents'! Such fun colours too.

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  20. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Gorgeous. Those lights are stunning! And I love the story that goes with them! I'm sure they will be in your family for generations to come. When my grandfather died (when I was 5), my grandmother began taking all these classes, including painting classes. She got quite good and won a few art fairs. She recently moved to a smaller apartment and I was lucky enough to get 4 paintings. I'm in heaven. It makes me so happy each and every time I look at them! Isn't that just the best feeling?

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  21. These are TOO COOL! What a great pop of color.

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  22. GAH, that is so outrageously COOL! The fact that they have so much history just takes it up like 12 notches. My grandparents' house boasted three bedrooms which had their own designated color, and each room was decorated in that color and that color only. ("The blue room," "the red room," etc.) Needless to say, I didn't get any cool hand-me-downs like these. LOVE THEM!

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