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Updated Kitchen Lighting

Bradley installed a new light over the kitchen sink for me.  While he was at it, he wired some under-cabinet lighting into the same switch.  We have really missed the under-cabinet lighting that we had at our old house for the past three years living here.

I don’t have a before picture, but the light over the sink was an ugly florescent tube light that was attached to a board behind a faux cabinet panel.  The faux panel is still there – it gives a nice connected look to the cabinetry – but we now have a pendant light hanging down from behind it.  It is exactly what I imagined for the space.

I’ve also been working on painting the downstairs a warm grey (SW Requisite Grey at 75%).  The color left by the previous owner (Behr’s Gobi Desert) was too gold with a red undertone and looked really bad with my new dining room chairs.  Our next project for this kitchen will be adding a backsplash.

For comparison, here is a side-by-side before and after shot:

 

Kitchen Lighting

Kitchen Light1

We spent the weekend putting up a new light in the kitchen.  I say weekend, not limited to a simple switch-out one morning like I expected, because like so many house-related projects, things are rarely ever that simple.  The fluorescent light that came with the house, which is never the kind of light you want, was not top on my priority list to change out, because you know, money.  But after changing the bulbs about two months ago, it still would not turn on half the time.  I had searched high and low for something that would work in our narrow kitchen – ideally I would put in recessed lighting and call it a day, but again, money.

Here is a before shot of the kitchen with the original light:

Kitchen Light Before

I settled on two different options and let Bradley pick from those two.  He likes the functionality of track lighting, but I cringe at the aesthetic of them.  The light we bought is basically a track light, but the look of it is a little more to my liking.  I wouldn’t use it in a total remodel, but it does the job for now.  The Kichler Lighting 4-light fixed rail directional light in polished nickel:

Kichler-Semi-Flush-Mount

 

When Bradley took down the old light fixture, we discovered a significant amount of drywall damage beneath it that the new fixture would not cover.  After discussions, we decided that rather than incurring the further expense of drywall repair, we would opt for the less expensive option of using a ceiling medallion.  Not ideal, but we aren’t looking to remodel the kitchen until after we create a laundry room and remodel our bathroom.

Of course even with a medallion, there were rough spots and discoloration on the ceiling that would still be visible, so that led to sanding, puttying, sanding some more, and then painting the entire ceiling.  Basically, a giant rabbit hole.

The only other modification we made was based on reviews of the light fixture online.  Many people complained that the halogen bulbs get very hot, which is a complaint I have had about the ones in our vent hood.  I was able to buy a six-pack of LED bulbs to use in the light fixture and the vent hood to cut down on the heat that is produced.

Kitchen Light2

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Progress Report: Kitchen

I’ve been dragging my feet, but I finally buckled down and painted the kitchen last weekend.  Because it was red when we moved in, I wanted to prime it before painting, so that meant double the cutting in around cabinets, three doorways, a window, chair-rail, crown moulding and countertops.  I consider myself pretty good at cutting in with a steady hand and patience, but it does require being in the right mood for such tedious work.  I used the same paint that I used in the den, which was color-matched at Sherwin Williams to the living room/dining room color – Gobi Desert by Behr.

My plan is to add a coat of Dover White to the cabinets this Spring.  It seems like whoever painted these cabinets before only used one coat of paint and probably no primer, so the wood color is coming through.  Unfortunately, it just makes all the cabinets look like they are dingy and yellowing.  I did already change out the drawer pulls for some cup pulls that I had from my kitchen makeover at the old house that ended up not fitting the old drawers.  We have a new gooseneck faucet for the sink and a vent hood for over the range that will be installed soon.

For the time being, I will probably just use the wooden folding table in the breakfast area and figure out some chairs for the space.  I think I would eventually like a new dining table, and we can use our current one in the breakfast area at that point.  Until we are ready for a full remodel, the only thing left to do is choose some window treatments and maybe some decorative accents.

The very red before: