Thursday, January 24, 2013

Big Girl Bedroom - For Reading

It's been a while since I did an update of Sarah's Big Girl bedroom - so let's take a peek at one little corner!

One thing we have been meaning to do is get her set up with some sort of reading light.  She has a table next to the bed where she keeps a cup of water and a few books, but it's way too low for a table lamp, so when I spotted this little gem at Ikea, I jumped on it!
It's one of those fantastic Ikea pieces that can just slip into any style room and look like it was made to be there.  And at $15, the price was perfect!
Chris zonked out on the ride home from Ikea and I was able to slip him into bed without waking him up, so I actually had time to get this thing installed!  WOOT WOOT!

OK, so installation went like this:

1.  Open box (duh)

2.  Read instructions - this is always a good idea.  This light has a base plate you screw to the wall then attach the light to the base plate.

3.  Plan where to put the thing on the wall.  There's no "right" place to put something in your house.  You need to figure out how you're going to use it and then put it where it needs to be.  This is a reading light for a kid, so we centered it above the bed and hung it high enough so that she wouldn't bonk her head on it.  

4.  Using the base plate, mark on the where it's going to go.

5.  Using a drill, make a few pilot holes.

6.  Using anchors (depending on your walls) and your drill, screw in screws.  Leave them sticking out a bit.  

7.  Slide the base plate on (they have those little keyhole shaped things on the back).

8.  Holding light in place over the base plate, insert screws and tighten with a handheld screwdriver.

9.  Install shade

10.  Steal lightbulb from bathroom and screw that in - ok so this light doesn't use a standard 40 watt bulb.  You need these special "G" bulbs which aren't particularly exotic but not something you just have laying around.  They are what we use in the bathroom so that's what I used.

11.  Plug it in and turn it on!

Wow, that's a lot of steps for about 16 minutes of "work".  

The end result was perfection!  Sarah can now read in bed without a flashlight.  I really like it - the wall above the bed was pretty empty and this really helps fill the space.  I think it still needs something - artwork?  Vinyl decals?  We shall see!


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