The problem was, I didn't have a good stud finder. I'd had a battery operated one before, and it was very confusing and unreliable. After a little research, I learned about magnetic stud finders, so I ordered this one online.
This thing is amazing! It is so strong that it can hold itself to the ceiling when it finds a screw, making it really easy to mark the studs. To hang my chair, I just waved it around until it stuck, then put a piece of electrical tape there to mark the spot.
After a few pieces of tape, I could see where the studs were, since I knew the screws were drilled into studs. I found a stud that was close to where I wanted to hang the chair, and screwed in the self-starting hook I had bought. Remember my dad's screwdriver trick? That came in very handy once again.
So now my hanging chair is hanging once again. The other big ceiling item was my vintage Huffy Suncountry bicycle. Rand says that this bike is ridiculous and I should get a new, lightweight road bike, but I can't let go of its vintage charm. So up on the ceiling it went, to keep it out of the way until I can figure out how to get it to the bike shop on two flat tires. *sigh*
Ahh. I love clear floors and strong ceilings. Doesn't everything look better when it's not touching the floor?
On that note, I also made another small change, or more of a test change, to clear the floor a little more. I got out my staple gun and stapled the sofa's skirt up underneath, so that those glorious mid century legs can show.
That's all for now. I still don't have wifi at my house, so my only blogging time is at coffee shops, which is getting a bit expensive. But I have a few more little apartment projects to share with you soon!