Thursday, November 3, 2011

It's the House with the Crazy Red Light Post...

Remember my post about introducing some whimsy into your decorating last month? Well, after I published it, I realized that I completely forgot to include the newest whimsical addition to my little casa.

Ta da! I'm sure my neighbors love me right now. Mike thinks it looks like it should be the Narnia light post, which I choose to take as a compliment. I'm just glad it isn't pathetic and rusty anymore:
See that? It was so sad with its dirty glass, and missing cross bar. Sniff.

I bought an inexpensive cross bar replacement kit at Lowe's but the bar was too wide for my sad little light post's holes, so I improvised with a wooden dowel cut to length and primed. I did use the round end caps from the kit though; I secured them with Gorilla Glue (since they were too large for the skinnier dowel) and smoothed the seams with painter's caulk. When all is said and done I think it turned out pretty nicely. 

In addition to fixing the bar and painting the post, I also frosted the glass in the lantern since the fixture takes one standard bulb instead of smaller decorative chandelier bulbs, and those big ole bulbs just aren't that attractive.

Is it a bit nutty and random? Sure!  But it makes me smile, and the post now matches my shutters and door, so if there are any neighbors up in arms over my whimsically colored light fixture, they're being quiet about it. And I appreciate that, y'all.

Isn't she (it) cute? I'll answer for you: yes, yes it is.

P.S. It's totally a girl. See how stylish she is? What bold fashion choices she's making.


  1. I love it too!!!!Bet it makes you smile when you look at it.

  2. Yes, she is cute, it says a fun family lives here!!

  3. I heart your house! I painted my home a pale yellow and used cornflower blue for the door, the garage, and the trim. My family thought I was nuts but it turned out great. Whimsy makes for a cheerful life!

  4. You used spray paint, I assume? About to do mine (redo it in black, red would never be allowed!). I have some spray black gloss. Hope it looks as good as yours!

  5. That is really nice to hear. thank you for the update and good luck. hamptonbaylighting

  6. Merely a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw outstanding style.

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