Working on a big project is always fun. The impact is great and everyone notices.
Lately we’ve had a lot of little projects with small changes. It’s almost like we play a “what’s different” game in the style of Highlights Magazine. Many of our changes are never noticed, but these smaller changes help make things a bit more comfortable and finished.
Here are some the little changes we’ve made:
Moving the dining room light
We took down the wall between the kitchen and dining room and added French doors in the dining room. This changed the flow of traffic in the room and in order to allow easy movement of people, we shifted our dining room table. This shift meant the chandelier wasn’t centered over the table anymore. This wasn’t too noticeable from the family room, but it was very noticeable from the kitchen. We moved the light about a foot-and-a-half towards the family room and three inches further away from the kitchen. This centered the light between the doors and will allow for a six-foot table to be in the dining room with the light still centered over it.
When we bought the house, there were five different kinds of door knobs in the house – all gold colored, but all different styles. It just bugged me. It looked cheap and messy – to me anyway. I priced out new hardware for my 14 doors at the big-box stores, but at $12-$20 per knob (not even for the cute ones), I just couldn’t afford to replace them. Then I found a website that had nice knobs for $8.70 each. I sold a few items on Craigslist and used the money to buy new matching knobs. Other than the people who live in the house, I’m not sure anyone else has noticed this change. But it sure makes me happy to see uniform door knobs in my hallway.
Electrical outlet in the hallway
When we removed the wall from the kitchen to the family room, we found that the wiring for an electrical outlet on that wall ran under the floor towards the hallway. It inspired us to install an outlet in the hallway. This outlet is the most convenient outlet in the house. I can plug our vacuum cleaner into this outlet and reach every corner of our approximately 1,200 square foot top floor. It has also been handy when we have needed to use power tools in the hallway, which surprisingly has been quite a few times.