We Put in Recessed Lighting!!

Living room update – recessed lighting is done!!  Thanks to Ben and his dad, they are working and installed.  Lots of crawling around like Spider Man in the attic.  I picked out a dimmer switch so it can be set really low or really bright.  We placed four total around the corners of the living room.

The bookshelves are from Ikea and they were $40 each, and I wanted them to look like built-ins so I bought the extension which makes up the top shelf, and they came just an inch or two below the ceiling.  Ben put crown along the front of the shelves and around it along the wall.

The empty space in between the shelves is for future use as either a spot for a tv in the wall or a fireplace or both.  I think if a fire place, it will be much easier to buy one of those 200 dollar ones that are portable and not actually get masonry done to build one into the house.  Any ideas?  For this weekend it is a great spot to put the dessert table for the bachelorette party.

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Carpet Removal Idea

This is a neat idea my friend had which she did herself.  If your house has carpet you don’t want, and you plan on putting in flooring, list it on craigslist.org or freecycle.org with photos and ask the person wanting it to come tear it out themselves.  It’s a win-win situation.  You get your carpet taken out for you and someone else gets free carpet!  In addition, in some situations, there may be too much carpet that you would have to spend a lot of money on a dumpster rental to be able to dispose of your carpet.  Depending on your city’s rules, the trash pick-up may include carpet as long as they are cut into 3-4 ft widths, rolled, and tied up.

Planning to rip out carpet yourself?

  • Vacuum the carpet to reduce some dust
  • Wear a mask – things can get dusty when you’re pulling up on the carpet
  • Wear closed toe shoes – you might find tacks!
  • Have a crowbar and some gloves
  • Utility knife – cut the carpet (from the underside) into appropriate widths for disposal
  • Pull up tack strips with a crowbar/hammer
  • Remove any staples out of the ground