Sunday, April 5, 2009


Once again, it is Metamorphosis Monday hosted by Susan
at Between Naps on the Porch when everyone shows off their before and after pictures. Be sure to go by Susan's to check for a list of the participants.

This week I would like to show an update project on our 1980s house. We were beginning to have some problems with our ceiling light fixtures, and decided it was time to update. Of course, one thing led to another so we decided to change out all of the door knob sets to match the new light fixtures.

Here are the old 1980 brass door knobs.

And the new bronze ones.

The old brass ceiling fixtures.

And the new bronze-finished ones.

We replaced the ceiling-mount fixture over our meat block in the kitchen with a new three-light chandelier.

Individually, the change out didn't give us a lot of bang for our buck; but over all of the house, it was updated considerably. And we feel much safer with our new light fixtures!

Now, a metamorphosis of the best kind. I have posted before about my daughter's battle with the worst kind of brain cancer - a stage 4 glioblastoma. Some of you may remember this picture of her really bad hair day while she was still in ICU. At this point, they were giving this 33-year old mother of two young ones only 12-14 months to live.

This week she celebrates her three-year survival anniversary. She had a MRI last week, and it was all clear of the tumor once again.

I'm posting about this again because I know there are those of you that are dealing with some serious health issues. I want to let you know to keep praying and to keep your spirits up. There are miracles out there - maybe one with your or your loved ones name on it!!!!


DesignTies said...

I really like the look of oil-rubbed bronze. Great upgrades to your lighting and doors :-)

And great news about your daughter!! Here's hoping she remains cancer-free for good. She's a real inspiration for people who may be losing hope. Never give up!!!

Kelly @ DesignTies

Martha said...

It is amazing what a simple thing like changing knobs and light fixtures can do to update a house!

Congratulations to your daughter -- I am so happy for you and your family.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Sally...your new knobs look great. And I LOVE your new fixture in the is stunning there! I am soooo happy to hear the great news about your daughter! I know so many people right now fighting cancer that reading something positive is a true blessing to read. Susan

Raggedy Girl said...

Well your daughter is the very best metamorphosis of all. May God continue to shine upon her and keep her in perfect health.

Roberta Anne

onlymehere said...

This is indeed the best kind of news. I'm so glad that your daughter is doing well now. I like your updates to the house too.

Bo said...

Oh Sally...this really warms my heart to read of your dear daughter's improved diagnosis...
just look how pretty & happy she is...God is GREAT! Blessings to her! ;-) Bo

Scribbler said...

Wonderful news about your daughter -- God Blessed her.


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful hardware/light fixture makeovers, Sally!

Best of all, blessings to your beautiful daughter! Wonderful news!

Shelia said...

Oh, dear Sally! What a blessing to hear about your daughter. Thank God! What a smile she has, too! I know you posting this will encourage others in Blogland.
I love all of your updates! Those door knobs look fantastic. I'm so glad you showed your kitchen again. I just love it!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :0

Sue said...

God bless your beautiful daughter and it shows that miracles do happen!!

Susie Q said...

Good news about your daughter! That's why they call it a medical 'practice'!.

I remember those door knobs and the new knobs and fixtures are gorgeous!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What wonderful news about your daughter! Thanks be to God! What a lovely young lady she is. I'm sure she has been through more than most of us can imagine, and yet she has a beautiful smile that even shows in her eyes.

Now, your new light fixtures and door knobs are great! We used the same door knobs when we remodeled, so you know I love those! laurie

Mary from Boogieboard Cottage said...

I really like your new fixtures, they really do update your house. Thank you for sharing the story about your daughter, that's really great news!

Chandy said...

That is a beautiful transformation! The darker bronze is much more timeless... Great job! Happy Monday!

And congrats to your daughter's continued recovery, I hope it never comes back!

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

I love the upgrades. I want to put in new door knobs at my house, but can't justify it right now.

And I'm so happy to hear about your daughter & her recovery. My mom had a brain tumor removed about 3 years ago & is doing fabulous too. Miracles do happen.

ceekay said...

So happy for your daughter great news! I live for that day also!
Your new light fixtures are wonderful! It is always amazing what more light and better light will do to a home! One of my quick fixes!!

Smilingsal said...

Updates like these are so noticeable until you DO them.

God does answer prayer!

Joyce said...

God bless your daughter!

Picket said...

Love the new pretty but I am rejoicing with you on that good report on your daughter!!!! That is glorious!!!! Thanks for coming by sweetie and have a great week!

Happy To Be said...

Oh Sally this is the best Met Monday I have ever read about ...Oh girl praise the Lord about your daughter that is just wonderful news YAHOO!! Also I love your upgrades and that light in your kitchen is to die for girllthanks for sharing wonderful News...hugs and smiles dear friend...Gl♥ria

santamaker said...

Fantastic news of your daughter's recovery. That is just WONDERFUL !!!

Love how you've updated your home with the bronze fixtures. Makes such a big difference.

Chari said...

Hello my friend...

Ohhh my...I'm playing catch-up with the posts I've missed over here at your place! So sorry that I missed them!!!

Well...I just loved seeing the photos of your lovely daughter...she looks absolutely radiant in that last photo!!! I'm so very happy for her and your family...Praise the Lord for her 3 yr. anniversary of being cancer free!!! It just brings me to tears really...happy one's, Sweetie!!!

Sally, I love all of the changes that you've all of the bronze fixtures, door knobs, etc! Very nice upgrades!!! I think that this is the first photo that I've seen of your's beautiful, my friend!!! In fact, your kitchen cabinets are exactly what I want for my little kitchen! I love the shape of the upper cabinet doors and the glass fronts!!! So pretty! When Russell remodeled and our home (this was before me) had those metal cabinets that were popular in the 50's...they are immaculate and in perfect condition...the style is just not me! But I'm content till we can remodel our kitchen! But when we do...I'm getting cabinets just like yours, my friend!

Oh my, I just realized that I'm yak..yak..yakkin'!
Love ya,

A Romantic Porch said...

Wow! it is so amazing what a few changes can make. Thanks for sharing about your daughter. I needed to read it! xorachel