So, in the cases where I DO have canned fixtures, they were discolored and ugly, so every one of them got replaced. I also got rid of several gaggy fixtures of polished brass with flower-like shades. UGH!! All said and done, I replaced 32 plug-ins, 24 light switches, and over a dozen canned light fixtures.
Today, the painters showed up to start the process of painting the entire interior of the house. Because EC houses are generally built out of brick and concrete, there is no drywall...it is CONCRETE which makes it real fun to hang pictures, etc. Because the walls are concrete, they are porous and need to be sealed. If you don't, you will get variations of color depending on the porosity of any given spot. It appears the previous owners didn't have the walls or ceiling sealed. So, I hired the painters to seal the ceilings and paint them as well as seal all the walls, but I will paint the walls myself.
While they worked, I painted all the black iron grids on the windows. In the office, I actually removed the grid and painted it while it lay on the concrete floor (I had removed the old yukky carpet). Them iron grids are HEAVY!!!
Next, I took out all my agression by ripping out the closets that were built to also double as a wall between two bedrooms. I will be having a concrete wall constructed in place of them.
Also got most of the fireplace painted.
I'm tired. Margarita sounds good right about now.
|Old light switch plate|
|Old plug-in which worked for American as well as European plugs|
|Fireplace - Before|
|Fireplace - After (semi)|
|What the heck, it's a concrete floor...who cares if I get paint on it?|
|Maids Room - Before (typical Ecuadorian lighting)|
|Maids Room - After|
|Outdoor Lighting - Before (again with the typical lack of fixtures!!)|
|Outdoor Lighting - After (MUCH better don'tcha thin?)|
|Ripping out the room divider closets|
|And while I'm busting my butt, they could care less! HMMPH!!|