This project has been on my radar for a couple of years at least. We built this garage with loft about five years ago. The garage was designed to be my husbands garage for our future retirement home on the lake. He designed the two bay garage, and I was given free reign on the loft space above.
Since we built the garage, we have used the space to come on weekends to enjoy skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling in the winter. In the summer we spend a lot of time using the lake for boating and fishing, or simply to cool off on a hot day.
The loft is a wide open space with a small but useful kitchen and beds for sleeping. I recycled Chelsea’s twin beds from her bedroom, they fit the space perfectly to create the large daybed. It gets a lot of use with overnight guests, or simply to escape for a nap with the windows open. After I white washed the pine boards, I sought out a rustic light fixture for the space. In my travels I came across this large ball, and immediately knew it would be perfect.
The light bulb was hung one weekend we just happened to have an electrician in the house. I wasn’t fully prepared, but figured I could “dress” it up later. Over the past couple of years I have made a few attempts at covering the wire with jute twine. I tried crocheting a tube that I couldn’t get over the bulb. I had my husband set up the ladder in an attempt to try crocheting in the air, but nerves got the best of me and I gave up. The past couple of months I searched for a rope or twine I could use with a macrame type knot. But again I was nervous on the ladder that high up.
This weekend I brought a thicker sisal rope and my glue gun. I had planned to glue the rope at the top and wrap around all the way to the ball and secure with glue again. But after a few attempts I had better luck starting at the bottom. I kept the wrap loose and just wrapped and wrapped around the wire, taking a couple of breaks off the ladder. When I got to the top I glued the rope with hot glue. It took me about an hour in the air to completely wrap the wire.
I am mostly just ecstatic that the wire is covered. But I do like the look. It goes well in the space, which isn’t too fussy. The loft is meant to be a relaxing space to hang out pre or post ski, or spend time when it’s too rainy to be outside. After all, we spend most of our time outdoors when at the lake. When day turns to night, I will be more excited now to turn on my loft light fixture.
I’m curious to know how you would have attempted to cover the wire on this light? Not that I plan on climbing that ladder anytime soon!