13 hours ago
Saturday, 15 August 2015
Steampunk kitchen lights
We had a couple of enjoyable days with our friends Jan and Keith - Jan is the Region 2 rep for the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles, so there was much catching up about Festival of Quilts and other quilty topics, while Keith and Glyn were into discussing coach building camper vans. After they left today, Glyn started on the kitchen, in a small way, with the new light fittings. These are two handmade copper plated aluminium alloy with 'Edison' filament vintage style bulbs for a steampunk look. They are replacing two 1970s brass ball eye spotlights, so the holes left in the ceiling were quite big and the new lights have been mounted on circular wooden plaques to hide the holes (can guess what these are?*) The other kitchen lights are two original vintage electric wall lamps from the White Star Line shipping company, in brass and copper (think Titanic), on either side of the kitchen window.
This is one of the old lights.
When Glyn removed the first one, we could see that the kitchen ceiling is actually a false ceiling. There is another older one about 10in above it, covered with polystyrene tiles.
It was a bit of a revelation. I had often wondered why the ceiling inside the pantry/boiler cupboard seemed higher than the rest of the room. Now we know. Before this false ceiling was added, the ceiling would have sloped for about a foot right around the edge of the room, the same as inside the cupboard. The brick slip 'tiles' seem to go right up to the edge of this original ceiling, so these must belong to kitchen makeover #1, which seems to be 1970s or late 1960s, while makeover #2 is from the 1980s or early 90s when the (now rather dilapidated) oak kitchen was fitted. We are now debating taking down the false ceiling, as it could look rather attractive with the slope around the ceiling edge visible, plus it would give a little more space above the top storage shelves. It will be a messy job but should be worth it. We would have to get those polystyrene tiles off too. Having the higher ceiling will give the room more of a vintage kitchen feeling.
I wonder what other secrets and mysteries we are going to uncover as we do up this house?
* The circular plaques are small chopping boards.