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Instructions and Parts list for minimalist DIY Double Brass Pendant
Guys! I’m back with the final installment of the girl-party-make-a-light-fixture post! My pal Nicole (aka Colz) needed a new light fixture for over her new black sink — yep that one pictured above — which makes its home in her incredibly awesome new kitchen! We made this brass beauty for her, and it looks amazing – I liked it so much I made one for my bathroom too. Also, don’t worry! I will force Colz to share her kitchen with us once the tiling is finished up, and her cabinets are decked out in real hardware, the blue painters tape is cool and all, but c’mon. Blue tape be darned, I just couldn’t wait to share the sconce. Don’t my She’Vaughns have the best style?

I know this is just a quick “wazzup” post, I’m still in the midst of crazy kid birthday celebraishes over her. Who thought it was a good idea for all of the kids to be born in July? I am so looking forward to the month of August. It will be the one month of the summer where I don’t feel like I’m playing catch up all the GD time. I’ve missed being away from the blog, and making and fixing stuff. I can’t wait to get back at it and share with you dudez.

Onwards! This one went together very quickly and looks super great! Directions and parts list below!

Please if you’re not familiar with electrical wiring contact an electrician

  • Disassemble the socket and attach the wires
  • Reassemble the socket with the wires feeding out the end
  • Slide 1 threaded nipple down the wire and attach to the top of the socket
  • Slide the brass socket cup down the wire
  • Slide 1 straight coupling down the wire — Thread one end of the coupling into the nipple now attached to the socket (sandwiching the cup)
  • Carefully slide the brass swivel onto the wire
  • Thread the swivel onto the other end of the straight coupling, turn the swivel 90º
  • Slide the 10″ pipe onto the wire and thread onto the swivel
  • Thread the wire through a 1/4″ hole on the cluster and attach the cluster to the other end of the 10″ pipe

(repeat these steps for the the other arm)

  • Use the orange nut to attach the 2 black wires to another an additional black wire. With another orange nut, attach the 2 white wires to an additional white wire
  • Thread the new black and white wire through the 1/8″ hole on the cluster.
  • Enclose the spliced wires inside the cluster and attach screw on the top
  • Use the slotted plug to cover the remaining hole on the cluster
  • Thread the black and white wire through the 5″ pipe and attach to the cluster
  • Send the wires through the center hole on the canopy, slide on the grounding wire and attach to the nipple with a washer and hex nut
  • Connect the wires from the sconce to the wires in the wall box. Again, if you’re not sure how to do this, contact an electrician
  • Use the mounting bracket and acorn nuts to attach the fixture to the wall

 
Instructions and Parts list for minimalist DIY Double Brass Pendant

Instructions and Parts list for minimalist DIY Double Brass Pendant

Don’t forget to check out the instructions and part lists for the double brass sconce and the black and brass globe sconce!

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Instructions and Parts list for minimalist DIY Brass & Black Globe Light Fixture
Okay, guys, I’ve been wanting to share with you some light fixtures I made with my girl gang (aka The She’Vaughns) earlier this summer. Both of my girls wanted new light fixtures for their homes, and both had been drooling over stuff they had been seeing on their internets. After my recent exploration into DIY lighting I had to intervene and stop them before they spent tons on fancy fixtures. I insisted we make our own! So, we spent a night designing and planning. We ordered parts from Grand Brass, waited a week and then spent another night assembling and wiring our new fixtures. Seriously, this is as close as I get to a craft party.

We made a pair of these really awesome black and brass sconces for my pal Cam. Her family had just purchased a new house earlier this spring, and they’ve been working like mad to turn their 70’s split level, into a Scandinavian-crystal-lovers paradise. Check out the below photos to see if you can spy the herringbone floors they had installed. Amazing, right? Someday I’m gonna share that whole space with you guys, you’ll love it.

Anyways, we made these really awesome black and brass sconces for her living room. I think they turned out pretty damn good, don’t you? I need an excuse to copy this design for my own space, I might modify it a bit and make a pendant for my upstairs hallway light. I think the contrast between the black and brass is pretty fantastic.

FYI: To paint the shade and canopy black we used Rustoleum flat black spray paint and left the rest untouched brass.

See below for instructions and a shopping list

Instructions and Parts list for minimalist DIY Brass & Black Globe Light Fixture

Please if you’re not familiar with electrical wiring contact an electrician

  • Disassemble the socket and attach the wires
  • Reassemble the socket with the wires feeding out the end
  • Thread the wire through the dome shade and neckless holder
  • Thread the wire through a 5″ piece of brass tubing
  • Sandwich the dome shade and neckless holder between the socket and brass pipe
  • Screw the brass pipe into the top of the socket
  • Slide the slip ring onto the brass pipe (leave it loose)
  • Thread the wire through the armback
  • Attach the armback to the brass pipe
  • Thread the wire through the other piece of brass pipe
  • Screw the brass pipe into the other end of the armback
  • Slide the modern slip ring onto the brass pipe
  • Send the wires through the center hole on the canopy, slide on the grounding wire and attach to the brass pipe with a washer and hex nut
  • Tighten the modern slip ring while holding it firm to the canopy
  • Connect the wires from the sconce to the wires in the wall box. Again, if you’re not sure how to do this, contact an electrician
  • Use the mounting bracket and acorn nuts to attach the fixture to the wall
  • Slide up the dome shade and attach the dome to the neckless holder
  • Tighten slip ring firmly to the dome shade

 
Instructions and Parts list for minimalist DIY Brass & Black Light Fixture

Instructions and Parts list for minimalist DIY Brass & Black Light Fixture

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My June Garden

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Guys! July is the craziest month for me, I know I haven’t blogged in like 2 weeks, I know I’ve had photos sitting on my camera for nearly as long. My boys both have birthdays this month, combined with long holiday weekends and cabin adventures, theres just no time left to say “whazzup” to you dudes.

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the summer timez. Things are going pretty great over here at casa Allen. I’m typing this from the beach – My weekday mornings have been spent watching the kids take swimming lessons. Like I mentioned in the last post, I’ve been working like crazy trying to get my house ready for the fine folks from Do It Yourself Magazine to come and photograph our home for a feature that will be coming out in January (!!!!). They will be here next week, so things are totally nutzo right now. We spent a long weekend with my folks, brother and sister-in-law, at this tiny but very sweet cabin in Northwestern Wisconsin. Many beers were drank, bodies were swam, and fish were caught. We packed it all in! Things have been good.

Anyways, gardens. They are a thing. I’m always surprised how much they can change depending on conditions from year-to-year, and I’ve been really happy that I’ve kept this annual summer gardening diary up. It has really helped to enhance my gardening game, and I suggest my gardening budz out there to do the same — even if it’s not actually on the internet.

The major blooming plants are almost done for the year. I just went shopping and grabbed a few more July-August bloomers because my gardening goal for this season was to fill in the later summer perennials. The flowering Hydrangea tree I planted this spring turned out to be a good idea! It’s just starting to flower and it looks so pretty in the backyard. I highly recommend for anyone looking for a summer flower with height :)

 

All grown from Seed


Both these Impatiens and Petunias were all sowed indoors!

 

Impatiens

 

Strawberry & Cream Hydrangea


This is that Hydrangea tree I was talking about. The flower should turn pink later in the summer and they will stay blooming into the early fall.

 

Strawberry & Cream Hydrangea

 

Shade Garden


This is the shadier side of the yard (although it does get a bit of early morning sun). Things have been really coming together over here. I have a few plans for next year, one of the Hosta has gotten too big, and would probably do better in a different space, and I lost a Lupine to aphids. Besides that though, it’s all been coming together nicely.

 

Heuchera Flowers


I love these dainty little Heuchera flowers so mucho!

 

Shade Garden

 

Rose Bush

 

Creeping Sedum


Creeping sedum is such a good option for those who are looking for ground cover. For the early part of the summer they cover the ground in green waxy foliage and then transition to having these hot pink starburst flowers later in the summer.

 

Sun Garden


How do you guys feel about Hosta flowers? I’m on the fence? I keep the prettier white orchid looking ones, but cut back a lot of the purple. They tend to look a bit spindly, and I prefer a more manicured look. ‘Dats just me.

 

Sun Garden

 

Asiatic Lily

 

Yellow Day Lily

 

Hot Pink Phlox

 

Zinnias!


These short little Zinnia’s just started to bloom, they should grow a little taller, peaking out just barely over the tops of the rest of the garden. I love zinnia’s, like, a lot, but I’m not sure there is much room for them in this side garden anymore. I have a new crop coming up in my tiny alley garden guaranteeing I’ll have plenty for cut flowers.

 

Orange Day Lily

 

Impatiens – From Seed


More Impatiens from seed!

 

Jacob’s Ladder & Allysum

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Finally! My New (old) Front Door

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I’m pretty stoked about this new (old) front door situation, guys! Where do I begin? Our old front door was one of those gross aluminum storm windows that people of the 80’s liked to replace old beautiful wood storm and screen doors with. Our aluminum storm door was not only super ugly but it was also installed in a v. uncool crooked sort of a way, and there was nothing that could be done to fix it, except replace it. Replacing the front door has always been high on my to-do list, but never made much sense to pursue not knowing exactly how the front steps would play out.

Of course, now that the steps are in, the old storm door is gone and has been replaced with this old wood and glass beauty I picked up a few weeks back at the salvage shop. I had to sift through hundreds of doors looking for the right one. I had envisioned a 2 x 4 paned window, and couldn’t find it, no matter how hard I looked. I happily settled on this simple wood door with clean lines and good bones. There weren’t too many dings and scratches, and the size was nearly perfect for my crooked entry way.

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I’m sure that our front porch was originally open air and wasn’t intended to be screened in. There are three ornate romanesque columns that are now on the inner side of the screens – a hybrid of victorian and four square, which always kinda cracks me up. Anywho, I’m sure it the intention was to show those ornate babies off! I believe the porch has been screened in twice, I can see imprints of where framing would have been for screens and windows. Now the latest version called “storm windows everywhere”, has probably been around for 30 years or so. I’m happy the porch is screened in, and I’m not sure if we would use it the same way if it wasn’t – I can totally see doing it in a much prettier way when we run out of things to do and have tons of money.

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The framing of the porch door has always been off, and to fix it would mean tearing quite a bit of the front porch off. Just think, kinda square peg in a wonky hole. I wasn’t really up for all that, I just wanted a door that looked good, my motto — “fake it ’till ya make it”. I watched this recent vid from Ask This Old House on repeat for awhile, until I got the hang of what I was going to do. I chopped down some boards with the circular saw to fill in a 4 inch gap at the top of the door frame. Then, I used the compass to scribe in the top of the door frame where there was a very large and noticeable gap – this has been one of my favorite tools, it was a life saver when I replace the basement steps. The hand planer was essentsch, I used it to even out and discrepancies in the door, and before I knew it that door was looking like it belonged with this house.

Minneapolis Stoop | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Minneapolis Stoop | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Minneapolis Stoop | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Minneapolis Stoop | Deuce Cities Henhouse
I’d still love to top it off with some new house numbers, but for now I just stripped down the old black mail box to find a bunch of brassiness and replaced the doorbell. Can we all just agree it has come a long, long way. I’m seriously super insanely happy that it doesn’t look like the house that we moved into. I had no idea how we were going to fix that ugliness when we moved in, but it’s happened! I’m so happy about it.

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Minneapolis Stoop | Deuce Cities Henhouse

Minneapolis Stoop | Deuce Cities Henhouse

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Growing New Fiddle Leaf Figs

Propagating New Fiddle Leaf FigsPropagating New Fiddle Leaf Figs
Bros, I just wanted to pop in and give a quick update on my three (god damn right) Fiddle Leaf Fig trees. They are all insanely large at this point. I’ve trimmed each of them back at least once, if not twice. Trimming back the trees gives my porch ceiling a little breathing room (ya know?), and if you trim your plant back right after a leafing out point, often times you’ll end up with multiple new branches.

Last summer I trimmed back my OG Ikea tree in a hope to encourage new branching (which it did). I took the cutting and plopped it in a jar full of water. It was the start of the fall, and I wasn’t expecting much growth (if any) because this is the beginning of the trees typical dormant period. I watered that pathetic little leaf for months and months, with no sign of anything. I had basically given into the fact that it would never ever root, ever. Then on the verge of calling it a day, like magic, I checked for growth to find an insane root ball! So awesome! It’s even grown a new leaf – how cute. I’ve now potted it, and am babying my new baby.

Feel free to share your Fiddle Leaf Fig experiences in the comments below. There seems to be a big learning curve regarding this finicky tree and we can all learn a bit from each other. Lots of comments and insight were left the last time I posted about the tree and the first, but I am curious of others experiences with tree trimming and propagation. I’ll start, should I prune this tree pictured below, or should I hold out hope that it will be all sorts of wonderfuld and bend towards the light? Lay it on me!

Propagating New Fiddle Leaf FigsPropagating New Fiddle Leaf Figs

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