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Friday, October 23, 2015

Vintage Insulator Night Light


My laundry 'room' is situated in a hallway that leads to
a storage closet, a second walk-in pantry and the boys'
bedroom.  I thought it would be nice to have some kind
of pretty night light in that space since the hallway
is pretty dark once the sun goes down.







I took a short cord (12 bulb) string of lights and put a vintage insulator 
over groups of two bulbs.   Then I drilled a hole in the back of the shelf
so the cord could plug into the outlet under the shelf
without draping over the front.

It gives just enough glow to be a night light!


50 comments:

  1. And again... How do you find the time! Very handsome and very different. What fun.

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    1. I think they are very pretty....love the blue glow!

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  2. Bright girl . . . very effective . . :)

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    1. I brought a huge box of insulators home from the auctions earlier this year.
      Slowly they are making their way around the house. :)

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  4. Very nice! We just bought cabinets for our laundry room, now I am looking at your great shelves....hmmmmmmm

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    1. I bet you're having such fun getting settled in your new place!
      The best thing about cabinets is that they hold all the unsightly stuff. haha.

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  5. I am so impressed. I would have never thought of that.
    Love the use of the insulators too.

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    1. So interesting that those insulators were only to serve one purpose on those
      telephone poles! haha. I bet nobody dreamed of what they would become today!

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  6. Insulators have so many usages. This is very clever and I love the glow it gives. How pretty!

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    1. Don't they? So fun. I have some white and grey ones that I've been looking at, wondering
      what they could become. :)

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  7. Perfect indeed
    There at your feed
    Now you won't trip over a cat
    And go splat

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    1. Spoken like one who knows
      that they can get under your toes!
      Cut you off at the pass
      and make you fall on your a.....
      lol

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    2. haha been there done that
      All thanks to Cassie cat

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    3. There are a few here
      that make you want to swear. haha.

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  8. This is such a great idea! I might have to copy it!

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  9. Great idea! And cute to boot! I love how you placed the birds nest and eggs in the glass canisters.

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    1. Funny story about those glass eggs. They were up for bid at an auction and nobody wanted them...mostly farmers at this particular auction and they seemed totally unimpressed. But I thought they were beautiful and got them for a song. It wasn't until later that I found out they weren't a beautiful decoration at all, but fake eggs that farmers put in their chicken's nesting boxes. When they gather the eggs each day, they leave the glass one and I guess it makes the chickens happy that their eggs aren't all taken and they end up laying more. Now, maybe you knew that but I didn't! lol.... I'm such a city girl...hahaha......I would have never guessed that in a million years!

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    2. HaHa! No, I never heard that, either. Poor hens....thinking they are going to have a baby soon. Oh well, at least the farmers figured out how to up production. Lol.

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    1. Yeah, I like it a lot! But I love your snow better! jealous!!!

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  11. That looks fantastic, Betsy!
    I have fairy lights in my living room...along a shelf...along with some plants and knicknacks....they are on a timer, and come on at dusk!
    It gives such a pretty glow to that room, which would otherwise be dark!
    I also have lights all around my yard, also on timers...they are on all year long!
    Enjoy your weekend...go and try on some hats! Hahaha!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Vintage fairy lights are at the auctions all the time...so pretty! I've never owned one!
      I'll be sure to post on Instagram if I try on hats at Walmart...lol....

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  12. Oh what a great idea and use of your vintage insulators. Just the best color and amount of light. Don doesn't understand my love of night lights...I have them in every outlet in my kitchen as they just bring a bright spot to all the things on the counters. Mine serve the purpose, but yours are so "designer" you could sell them. Clever to drill a hole for the cord. I hate when I have a cord stretched behind things.
    Have a great weekend. Sending Hugs.

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    1. Sometimes you just need a little light so it isn't pitch black....I have a little light in our kitchen, too!
      Not to mention the ambiance...tell Don it's the feeling as much as the look! haha..

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  13. I love that! I really like the whole look, but it takes on a magical feel with that night time glow.

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    1. Exactly...I love the glow best of all!

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  14. They are so cute!! Wonderful fairy lights.
    Have a great Friday

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    1. You, too, Manu...have a lovely weekend!

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  15. How adorable!! Who knew those old things taken from the tops of telephone poles would turn out to be fantastic little "night lights"!! Good job!

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    1. I know! I remember when they were on the telephone poles, so I know you REALLY do! haha.

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  16. Fantastic idea Betsy! I love this and I have green and clear insulators!

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    1. You should try it, then! I'd love to see a picture...

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  17. Hey I could use those battery operated tea lights. I'll send you a pic once I dig out those insulators..they are somewhere, now just to locate them..lol

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  18. What a great idea, they look lovely. I imagine they are fairly heavy and will hold the springy wires down.

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    1. yeah, they're heavy enough to hold all those wires down!

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  19. Crafty, brilliant, and lovely like always!

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  20. What a great idea....and I have those insulators.

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