Tree House has seen a lot of electrical upgrades in the past few months – all those gremlins have been nipped! – with the biggest (and hidden) improvement being repairs to the breaker panel. We also had a handful of mysterious light switches that have since been solved, outlets added and boxes shifted, and today, we’re at the point where we feel good and, most importantly, safe, about the state of our home’s electric. But! There was one issue that we couldn’t seem to work around, and not surprisingly, all the difficulty was a result of Tree House’s pretty beam ceilings. (You might remember all the HVAC workarounds we dealt with, too, all to keep the integrity of those beams in tact!)
Do you see the problem?
The main light fixture in the living room is way off-centered! Before that teeny little bulb was swapped in, there was a dusty, wobbly fan. Surely that old fan tried to tackle a few heads if anyone dared to walk up and down the loft stairs, no? In any case, our dream scenario would have been to move that junction box from the far side of the room to the middle:
A conversation with our contractor had us realizing that the task would be more difficult than we would have liked, especially if we wanted that ceiling to remain in tact. Initially, we thought, we’ll just pull up the loft floor and move the junction box from above, put the floors back into place and – voila!
The loft floors are tongue and groove, and as we began peeling back the layers of the onion that was this frustrating j-box, we realized that pulling from the middle of that floor and removing a strip of subfloor might result in irreversible damage. (For which we would have to source and purchase more flooring and match the stain and finish – and then find ourselves with a pesky floor creeeaaak! for all of time.) It was a risk, and it was a risk not worth fighting.
We were irritated at first, but we both agreed that it was time to get scrappy. Instead, we switched gears and decided to find a light we loved and swag it! We landed on the 6″ Nehalem pendant – in an oil-rubbed bronze finish and a flint ash wood stain – for a few reasons: 1| We could order it any length we wished, 2| there are countless ways to customize it, and 3| the 6″ fitter allowed for a 14″ globe, a size that was hefty enough to feel substantial in the room.
Rather than use a less attractive ceiling hook, we opted for this pretty wall hook and secured it (loosely) with a black zip tie as an extra precaution. Psst: Another idea? You could also use any cabinet hardware you love and replace the screw on the back with an appropriately sized hanger bolt!
Because the Nehalem pendant was custom made to our length, we had to be doubly – triple-y! – sure that we chose the right measurement. Before placing the order, we used a piece of twine, taped it to the junction box and swagged it over and down. We snipped the twine at our desired length, and that was the measurement we requested upon ordering!
The final step is to install the light on a dimmer (and eventually, every last light will have the option to be dimmed, too!), which we plan to do the next time we visit Tree House. We’ve also ordered a vintage rug, and after measuring the space five times, all my fingers are crossed that it’ll be just what we need to ground that handsome sofa. The living room may not have baseboards (and still have paint swatches on the walls), but it’s making strides!