I haven’t posted an update on The Mani Cave lately. Mostly because I spend every free moment on the blog! I have some super exciting things in the works for WPP very soon! Anyway, the hubby and I finally installed the lighting I purchased for the room way back in February. It’s been piled in the corner…looking ominous. Sorry…this post will be pic heavy. I love how it turned out!! I’ll start with an after shot.
And here’s the before – it’s the dreaded home builder spec light. Gasp.
I’m going with a navy, pink and white color scheme. The wainscoting is STILL unfinished. I’ve decided to do a built-in shelving/desk combo on the far wall and so some of the wainscoting will have to come down. I’ll finish it after the unit is up (which at this rate will be 2020). For the main lighting, I considered doing a chandelier – because it’s pretty and feminine and makes sense in a Woman Cave. But a chandelier wouldn’t put out good light and I wanted to mix up traditional (navy and wainscoting) with contemporary. I chose a few components from the IKEA Sanda line and two ginormous LUNTA pendants. The pendants will hang over a nearly 4 x 6 foot chunky rectangle table that I’m painting pink!! This room will also be the “craft room” and the table will give me lots of space to work. So here’s what I bought:
Um…overwhelmed is an understatement. That’s probably why this project languished. If you know IKEA, then you know there are no text instructions, just pictures. Boggles my mind. Fortunately, that meant Serafina could help (since she can’t read English anyway).
Now is when I start to panic. The hubs is completely calm…even though we he had to cut apart the pendants to adapt them for the track. Check out our drill hole template with the painter’s tape. It was a hot mess, but it worked! Thank goodness I’m married to a handy man!
Once you figure out how it all works, it’s pretty amazing! I attached two spotlights in addition to the pendant lamps. One spotlight is directed at my polish wall (Is that weird? Do I need help?) Speaking of the polish wall, I’m going to add three more rows to the top next weekend. I have Summer Collections coming! Must make room! The other spotlight is directed at the corner of the opposite wall – where I’ll put my China Glaze racks.
I’m so motivated now to get working on it. I don’t want to finish it all at once though. The DIY decorating is as much fun as nail polish…well…almost!