When we remodeled our kitchen I was soooo unprepared for all of the little details that came with it. Lighting was a biggie. I waited until the last day to find the lights I wanted to use and, even then, I was not completely satisfied with my choice...big surprise to ya'll I am sure considering my recent indecision's here and here!! :)
The lighting over the eating area worked well for us as it was centered with the space and gave off quite a bit of light to the bar area. The pendant U chose for over the sink matched the other one so I snatched it up and went on my way. Matchy matchy is not always the best way to go but in a pinch it seemed better (and easier) to do while the electrician (AKA E's cousin) was at our house waiting for the fixture. I am sure we could have installed it ourselves but the lighting/outlets were all newly wired and part of his job in order to pass inspection. Here is some pics of the old pendant...It has been a nice light, maybe a bit boring, and gives of A LOT of light...too much, maybe, but overall - it worked for us.
|See to the left over the sink?|
|Matches these lights over the counter...but kind of blah...|
Last week, while in the AS-IS section at my home away from home, Ikea, I picked up a $1 lamp shade. I had no idea what I wanted to use it for but this weekend it became clear. I unscrewed the glass and light bulb from the old fixture, held the new one in place, and then screwed the light bulb back in...
Pretty, don't you think? A cheap and easy way to update your light fixtures! I love the way this lamp shade glows. The pendant was quite stark and it hurt to look directly at it...like the sun during an eclipse - now it is visually pleasing and offers some texture to the room. I would like to shorten the metal rod a bit so the shade sits a little higher - E is just barely clearing the shade while doing dishes - but that will happen in time. For now, this beauty is workin' her charm.
Anyone else updating some old light fixtures? I have plenty more to do so I would love a bit of inspiration!! Feel free to leave a comment and a link to your lighting project...
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