Posted by Rebecca, February 12th, 2013
The last time you saw the playroom, it was looking like this…
This weekend, we finally got around to taking down the floating shelves. While we loved them for an office, we didn’t think they were too practical for a playroom. So down they went; they’ll probably reappear somewhere else in the house. We also took down the ceiling fan which will end up in the new office upstairs.
The bracket holes were spackled and sanded once and need to be sanded again. We originally painted around the shelves, so we now have a slightly raised edging. We’ll have to spackle and sand, and then spackle and sand a couple times to get everything flush again.
I apologize in advance for all of these pictures I took at night (like an hour ago). Our camera settings were all wacky from the last time we used it and I couldn’t get the lighting to look right at night. Oops.
So what did we replace the ceiling fan with? Well, a long time ago we picked up a light at Ikea. We had always knew we wanted to use it in the playroom, but never got around to installing it…until now!
We wanted something fun in the playroom, but nothing that screamed childish. We found Ikea’s Fillsta, a playful hanging light for $29.99. It was simple, had some shape and was cheap. Perfect.
But much like any Ikea product, the install resulted in some head scratching. And Mike dropping the f-bomb just a handful of times. For anyone landing on our lil blog scratching their own heads trying to get the Ikea Fillsta installed, here’s the trick: cut the extra slack from the hanging cord to the length you need.
The dome base is actually held in place by tension in the cord. So the tighter the cord inside the base, the tighter it will fit against the ceiling. With most other light fixtures, these components typically slide or screw into place. Nope, not with the Fillsta. Mike originally rolled up the extra cord and stuffed it into the base. Then he tried a bunch of zip-ties. Finally after a couple milkshakes and a solid nap, Mike decided to just cut the cord down to the size we required. Sure enough, it worked. Now we just have to touch up the paint around it (though I love the white light against the dark ceiling!)
Here is the Fillsta with the light off.
And here is with the light on. Glowing! I love the little bit of whimsy it adds to the room, which the direction I’m sort of going in here. Clean and modern, yet fun! We’ll have to get a better room shot once we finish some other items in the room. What other items you ask?
These roman shades. We were originally going to dye them when the room was an office. We were even going to dye them when we switched it over to the playroom. But after doing some Googling, we’re not quite sure how to get the color we really want (so, um, anyone have any experience dying blinds? Using fabric spray paint?). We’re thinking we just might replace them with the white version. Any suggestions?