Saturday, November 21, 2009

I Have a Confession to Make

I have a secret to share, a dirty little secret that I haven't shared with all of my great followers before.  My intent when I purchased the shack a little over three years ago was to completely update it.  (I can hear your gasps even as I am writing this!)  Sad to say, but it's true.  If it hadn't been for Pam and her great blog, Retro Renovation (I have been a faithful follower since at least summer 2008!), I most likely would have been well on the road to ripping out the bathroom and the kitchen.  I envisioned a beautiful bathroom with new white toilet, tub, and sink, with a black granite counter top, white subway tiles on the walls with black trim, and one inch white hexagonal tiles on the bathroom floor with black hex tiles inlaid randomly and a black tile border around the edges of the floor.  I still like this idea for a bathroom, but it won't be mine, at least not in this house.  For my kitchen I envisioned new cherry cabinets with black Formica counters, stainless steel appliances, and satin nickel hardware on the cabinets. 

I started purchasing the materials for the bathroom conversion before Pam converted my thinking.  Maybe you saw my post on my new black granite bathroom counter top with white sink and the new faucet (from Kingston Brass) that I installed this fall?  I had purchased all of these materials before changing my thinking, and I wasn't about to let all of that money go to waste, so the bathroom may end up being a little eclectic, but I think that it will work out in the end.  I had already added the trim to the cabinets to give them a recessed-panel look and added new knobs before I ever started reading Pam's blog.

Which brings me to the question that I have been trying to work out in my mind recently.  What do I do with the beautiful new bathroom light fixture?  I had planned to replace this original fixture:

This definitely didn't work into my plans to completely update the space, so I ordered this great light fixture from  It's a beautiful chrome and pearl nickel fixture with frosted white glass shades.  I love it, and I don't really want to get rid of it, but I have no idea what to do with it now.


So, while the starburst patterns in the original fixture (which I found listed in my 1960 Wards catalog) will work great with the starburst pattern on my new vintage laundry hamper, I debate the fate of the new light.  Maybe I'll put it away, and 50 years from now sell it to someone restoring a house to the turn of the 21st century style!


  1. LOL! Sure. "MIB Recession Era Pearl Nickel Frosted Glass Light Fixture NR". I can see it now.

  2. I'm happy to read that you have now seen the retro renovation light! hehehehe

  3. You're not alone, I've seen the light as well! (Love your starburst light!)

    The hard part now is trying to convince my husband that restoring the house is a better idea than updating it...

  4. You are such a sweetheart, Michael, and this post has absolutely made my day. How about: Donating it to Re-Store Habitat for Humanity ... good karma, perhaps? In fact, now that I think about it, I have some stuff I need to do that with! LOVE your starburst light, by the way! I've never seen one like it. Oh my, so great it didn't end up in the dumpster! :)


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