It’s time for another Tuesday Tidbits! We have been busy this week continuing to hang light fixtures. It feels like we are only half way through this particular project. But admittedly, the fixtures are enjoyable because of the instant change we can see.

At the last minute, I realized there were a couple of corners that were missing small lights. I wanted something pretty, but not crazy expensive and it had to fit the space (very small)…oh, and I needed it in the next 30 minutes. So off to Lowes I went and found the best little light. I ended up buying a few of them for some closets and the hallway in our master bedroom.

It’s available at Lowes for $34.97. That’s an amazing price! Especially for such an adorable little light.

If you follow along on Facebook or Instagram, you know that we have spent the past week trying to figure out how to strip the paint from our doors, trim and windows. Thankfully, after many failed attempts we did find something that works…and we’ll be sharing a tutorial later this week. However, before we could start that process we had to remove all the hardware from the 160 year old doors. As you can tell, the hardware is original and has dates stamped on to prove it.

I’ve read several Pinterest posts on removing paint from the door hinges. If you have personally done this, please put something in the comments! I would love to NOT try 30 different methods before finding one that works.

We’ll end this Tuesday Tidbits on a light note: we planted this small quince shrub at the start of summer. The shrub has been growing and thriving (thank goodness) but I’ve noticed a few of the lower leaves seem to be missing or half missing. I think I found my problem. It’s a good thing he is cute!

Thank you for following along and have a wonderful week!


  • August 22, 2017 Reply


    Place them in a crock pot (filled with water on medium heat) and let them soak until the paint peels off. Oklahoma crock pots work best!!!! **just kidding**

    • August 22, 2017 Reply

      Leah Hudson

      There is a chance that my mom’s crockpot is an Oklahoma crockpot!!

  • August 22, 2017 Reply


    I have heard you can put painted hinges in crock pot with just water.
    Love your selections & progress. Going to be awesome.
    It’s like you will have all the benefits of new house in old house framework.

  • August 22, 2017 Reply


    Nicole Curtis on Rehab Addict always puts her hardware in an old crockpot with water, puts the lid on and cooks it overnight. I’ve never tried it but she swears it works.

  • August 22, 2017 Reply


    How exciting! Your hard work is paying off. Your home I’d gorgeous.

  • August 22, 2017 Reply


    Agree – crockpot method works the best – compared to chemical stripper, heat or even sand blasting. Plus, the crockpot method *usually* keeps the original finish. Best crock pot – Goodwill!

  • August 22, 2017 Reply

    Nancy Nicholas

    LOVE your Peter Cotton Tail.

  • August 22, 2017 Reply

    Karen Petsovich

    I love your lights! I look forward to your post every Tuesday!

  • August 22, 2017 Reply


    Crockpot trick is what Nicole Curtis from HGTV uses to get the paint off! It works for her! Good luck:)

  • August 22, 2017 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    The light fixtures are looking great, so continue to enjoy installing them. Try this on the on the painted metal hardware. Buy a couple of quarts of “Zip-Strip” and in a dedicated container, allow the pieces to soak for several days. The paint should fall right off, be careful, use gloves….

  • August 22, 2017 Reply


    My painter soaks them in laquer thinner and then uses a brush on them. The crock pot method sounds worth a try!
    LOVE your blog and instagram. I’m about to strip a dining table and am looking forward to your tutorial.

  • August 22, 2017 Reply

    Julia Head

    I just boiled mine for a few minutes, paint came right off.

  • August 27, 2017 Reply

    Kim Murray

    I have never tried it but . . . I watch Rehab Addict on HGTV or DIY and she swears buy putting the hardware in an old crockpot (that she got from Goodwill, I think) and letting them sit in warm/hot water for a while until the paint is soft enough to wipe right off! No chemicals needed!!

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