Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Our Make-shift Ladders....

When we found our home here in Germany, we didn't realize that when the tenants that lived here previously moved out, they were going to take all of their light fixtures with them. This would be NO problem if we lived in the states, because think of how many places you can get nice light fixtures in the US..... but for some reason it's been like pulling teeth to find nice lighting here that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. For the first few months of living here we just used lamps and floor lamps for lighting, then gradually we found fixtures here and there that we liked. We had such a hard time finding a nice chandelier type of fixture for the dining room, and finally this weekend we agreed on one.

Now, since our ceilings are 13 feet high, and we don't have a 12/13 foot ladder, it's a bit of a challenge to replace the lighting. Or at least I thought, but leave it to my husband to come up with a solution.....

This is in our bedroom. We put in a very simple fixture.
If you look closely you'll see that he has taken a small table, turned it upside down and placed it on our bed. THEN he sat a chair on the upside down table and used this as a ladder! Maybe not the safest way to replace lighting, but hey.... it worked!

This was last year when we first moved in and desperately needed light in the kitchen, Jon took a desk, put a chair on top of the desk and TA...DA! a ladder.

My husband is definitely a handy man! Now we only have one more light that needs a fixture and our lighting situation will finally be over. Whew, what a pain!

Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!

25 comments:

Demara said...

Woh...I can't believe those ceilings hey? And that picture with the chair on the table in the kitchen FREAKS THE HECK out of me! Did he come off there alright? yikes! :)

Shannon said...

LOL He definitely can find a way to make a ladder!

Lindsey said...

He is a handyman!!! Look at him, great job!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

He is creative! Glad you finally found a fixture!

katie + bret said...

13 feet! My word! I am 5'1" and doing the math in my head I am not seeing that working for me.

Way to go Jon on coming up with a great solution!

Kelley said...

yikes! I'm glad he's ok...but that's totally something I would do!

Brown Girl said...

Wow, he sure is creative although that makes me nervous!

Practically Perfect... said...

Oh my goodness, those ladders look scary! The one on the bed isn't so bad, but it looks like if he moved an inch either way in the kitchen, he would've been on the floor - yikes! Thank goodness for ingenious husbands who aren't afraid of heights, ha ha!

jen + ryan said...

ha, y'all are funny :)

JG said...

That is hilarious! We were given a little step ladder when we got married, since Hubs is the biggest and he's a few inches shy of 6 feet, and it only has like one step! I don't know what they thought that would be useful for.....

So, I guess no Lowe's in Germany? That is a bummer.

Mrs. Realife said...

I've MISSED you and your funny/inspiring posts! Been a bit MIA, I know :(

Talk about IMPROVISING!! My husband is the best at that and clearly your husband's got some great ideas too - HA!

Chase said...

ingenuity at its finest.

and Jon, I'm diggin those shorts!

Katie said...

hahaha that is so funny! Josh did the same thing yesterday, he put a stool on top of a desk chair, it wasn't safe - but it got the job done!

KT said...

Hi Steph,

Thanks for the comment on my blog. John and I are moving to Erlangen. We will arrive on Friday!

Katie

In this wonderful life... said...

haha, yall be careful!

Annie said...

lol, too funny!

SS said...

This inspires me to figure out a way to put in new lightbulbs in some fixtures I can't reach!

I was waiting until I felt compelled to buy some sort of ladder... money saved.

Grand Pooba said...

Oh my gosh, those "ladders" are hillarious! Those pics give me the giggles

Abbie said...

What the heck?! Don't they have Lowe's/Home Depot type stores in Germany?! I bet it's the things like that, that make you miss living in the states!

Glad you finally found something you liked and that Jon's handy enough to install them!

Mrs. G.I Joe said...

HA HA HA! This is so awesome:p Love the make shift ladders:p

Kaci said...

Oh dear...I see accidents all over the place! :) XOXO glad you have light though...what a pain!

lola said...

oh my goodness, looking at those pictures makes me CRINGE. I hate ladders because I always feel like I'm going to fall and seeing that... ahh.. nails on a chalkboard for me!

I can't believe the tenants took the lights! Crazy.

Lil' Woman said...

lol..that is crazy..go Jon tho for thinking outside the box! :)

Hannah Noel said...

Um maybe you should buy a ladder next, lol.

msprimadonna67 said...

Oh, there is just no way I'd be able to survive that home improvement project without a trip to the emergency room. Just looking at those pictures makes me nervous!