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Rememvber the3 Great Dining Room Debacle of Naught-Nine?
Of course you do because you have nothing better to do than remember all the details of my itty-bitty life.

Well! The furniture delivered on Saturday EARLY, as in before the scheduled time which is both phenomenal and awesome, such that I feel I must ascribe the following word to American TV's delivery service - phenomenawesome - which is something one shouldn't do with abandon.

Upon reception of the goods, I disabled the power and removed the old pendant light. This went well. Then I spent the next one.five hours wrestling with the iron chain to the new light such that I could hang said light from said chain. Eventually I succeeded but not without bruises - cuts from slipped pliers, a rather impressive smash-induced skin tearing from a poorly placed hammer strike.

Then I spent the next hour hanging said light. The electrical work is simple enough as one needn't worry about Hot V. Cold lines for a simple set of lamp bases. Also, the mounting bracket includes a ground wire simply attached.

Normally. Normally, dear reader, these things are accomplished in a straight forward manner but such is not the case when you are me. Doing said things while standing on a chair, arm and a half extended above your head holding screwdrivers and wire caps in your one hand's fingers is.... tricky. But! I eventually won and we have a lovely new chandelier in the space.

Then, as we need dishes enough for 8-ish for Thanksgiving, I went a purchased dish wear and table settings.

And accessories because I fucking love accessories. Because I am fucking manly.

So! Without further typification, I give you....


before

after

after-after
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back_track From: back_track Date: November 22nd, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pretty! I like the bay window. My apartment has a big window like that and I love it.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 22nd, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes! I love bay windows.
tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: November 22nd, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
+10 for square dishes.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 22nd, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I search so hard for those.... Then found them at Target when I wasn't looking. I LOVE white dishes. I'm going to start testing my plating skizills.
nidea From: nidea Date: November 22nd, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really like your old chandelier, but the new one fits the space better. Way to go!
abmann From: abmann Date: November 22nd, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I kinda liked the old one too but it isn't really in our style. It matched two walls sconses in the living room too. We intend on replacing them too - something between Japanese and traditional styling which we having going in some of the spaces.
angels_ember From: angels_ember Date: November 22nd, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
It looks incredible. I'm very impressed by your skills and taste in decor!
abmann From: abmann Date: November 22nd, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I like to think I know what I'm doing. I'm curious how the house will look in a few years. :)
angels_ember From: angels_ember Date: November 22nd, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
The space is really awesome. I love the way it's tiered on multiple floors. It'll definitely be cool to see how it changes over time.

And, of course, I look forward to hearing about and tasting the microbrews and cheeses and wines and who-knows-what else you guys will come up with now that you have the space to store all of the supplies!
abmann From: abmann Date: November 22nd, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmm.... Beer. Really excited to start doing that.
assfingers From: assfingers Date: November 22nd, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
i ate on your ex-table last night and it made me happy
abmann From: abmann Date: November 22nd, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Admit it. You just want to be closer to me.

Also. You need to cone chill one night. I have very nice beer. :)
assfingers From: assfingers Date: November 22nd, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
it appears you haven't moved all that far, either! awesome. i demand that you have a housewarming party tomorrow. or sooner.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 23rd, 2009 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
You may, in fact, just come to hang out. We have, like, a TV and shit.
assfingers From: assfingers Date: November 23rd, 2009 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I will have a bunch more time on my hands. you may be on to something here.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 23rd, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hooray for time! Are you quitting your job to live your dream of being a hobo?
assfingers From: assfingers Date: November 23rd, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
nope, the lady got another part time job, so that I can live out my dream of being a hobo.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 23rd, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Suhweet. Everybody looks great with a bindle! Plus, you get to call yourself a bindlestiff. And hobos get all the action; just ask nathan_lounge.

What's your new hobo name?
codekitsune From: codekitsune Date: November 23rd, 2009 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Other people talked about the window so I won't be redundant. (oh my god I want a giant window.) It looks awesome. Great job! I can't wait to see more pictures.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 23rd, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think when we have completed rooms, we'll post photos. It will be less dramatic, however, until we start removing the built-in shelving from the bed rooms. :)
tener_duende From: tener_duende Date: November 23rd, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your old table is working great in our dining room. So it appears everyone made out on this deal!
abmann From: abmann Date: November 23rd, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hear you let askassfingers near it. I am afeard for its safety.
assfingers From: assfingers Date: November 23rd, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't get to make out with anyone. alas.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 23rd, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did you ask? You can expect to get anything for which you did not ask.
assfingers From: assfingers Date: November 23rd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mr Duende did inquire if I wanted to "feel the duende" so I guess that was my chance.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 23rd, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, you gotta be open to these invitations.
lipsoflove From: lipsoflove Date: November 26th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um.... can I move into your kitchen? I can promise I'll be really quiet and only take up a corner by the window. You won't even know I'm there.... except when I'm making out with your awesome table.
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