Above our kitchen sink, we had no good light… It was time to change that!
Previously, the light was a plain rectangular flush mount light, which made for the sink area to feel “empty”, and also gave of very little amounts of light. We easily knew what style of pendent-light that we would want for the space, one to fit in with the style of the entire kitchen. Thanks to Amazon, we found this light for such a good price! Initially our plan was to take away the cabinet piece sitting above the sink to open up that area. After looking into it we realized it would be a lot more work than what we thought, and take away from the feel of that cabinet style. Considering we just started a big project in another room in our home, we left it go, because we think the addition of the light was exactly what that space needed!
The addition of the light was a little tricky… Here is what I mean:
After pulling the previous light out, the hole ended up being larger than the new light’s base.
How did we fix this?
- A back support was added inside of the hole from previous light with 2 small pieces of wood.
- A long rectangular piece of wood was placed to fill the hole left.
- Used a wood filler to patch the outside edges of the board from -step 2-
- A circular hole was made through the center where the wires would be placed.
- Light was installed on the board (light was custom to size, we used 1 cord of 3).
We fell in love with this light because the oil bronze goes really well with the rest of the kitchen, and the gold color on the interior of the light just topped it off! We were not picky whether the light had to give off much or little light because honestly we don’t use it all that often, and either way it would have been much better than what was already there anyway. After the light was put up, it instantly gave a cozy and more farmhouse feel to the space, and that is what we were shooting for!
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There are endless options out there to change the look of your kitchen! I would like to share with you some small tweaks we have made to our kitchen, and it made a world of a difference!
1. Paint Cabinets- When your watching closely at the budget, replacing cabinets may not be an option. However a good coat of paint for the kitchen cabinets can make them look brand new. Sanding and filing in any holes with wood filler will instantly make them look new. I encourage you to go with a new color, a color that will lighten your space and speaks about you!
2. Replacing hardware – Even the slightest change, like changing out the hardware can make a vast difference. Everything from drawer pulls to cabinet knobs, hinges etc. can brighten up the interior space of your kitchen. If you previously had a darker color, change it to a silver or bronzed. Combining this with a new coat of paint, and your guests will think you to your kitchen remolded! If you feel you don’t feel comfortable or have tools of doing this, contact friends or family, it’s not an overly complicated task.
*** This was the most recent that we did, and we are so happy we chose to change out the hardware! Such a small project to do, that made a significant difference!
3. Adding a coat of paint – I think I have mentioned it a couple times already, a little paint goes a long way. I encourage you to go with a really well quality paint. I have always gone with Behr paint, and don’t regret it! Although it may be a little more pricier, I think it’s worth the outcome!
4. Switching out a lighting fixture – New and upgraded lighting fixtures are a great focus point for many rooms. Once the new paint is applied to the walls, and cabinets and new hardware is placed, and changing out even one light fixture (you don’t have to change all) can ideally make the space look totally different. Ideally the light that sits above your table is a vast piece and catches most of the population. Not only does lighting serve as a functional use, it serves as a decorative touch.
5. Switching out decor!
Let me know what you think! Or if you have any questions regarding your kitchen, please contact me!
Recently my eye has been on plaid, I have used plaid in various ways and I love how it looks! Thanks to the 90’s renaissance and the heritage fashionable movement, plaid is coming back! Plaid adds a touch of vintage warmth to your home. Here are some tips on how to incorporate plaid into your kitchen.
Have Fun with the Fabric
While your furniture (cabinets, dining room table) in the kitchen is a big focal point in your space, the small details and accents are what complete the all-inclusive look of the room. You can add vivid colors with patterns and textures that add a special touch. Or you can also use simple and plain plaid and then utilize some decor that makes that space speak. Imaging sleek white cabinets surrounding the dinner table, with a neutral plaid table runner, topped with 2 beautiful fresh cut hydrangeas. Simply ravishing!
Don’t forget the Details
Plaid dishcloths, kitchen towels, placemats, kitchen rug, plaid coffee mugs, chair cushions, plaid napkins, dishes, aprons, curtains/draperies, some even do wallpaper…. The possibilities are boundless when it comes to plaid in the kitchen! Many people say plaid is good for the winter, in my opinion, I think it is great for all year round! Whether that may be using rich colors in winter, or neutrals with bright accents/ bright plaids with neutral decor in the summer So what are you waiting for? Let’s get decorating!
Please contact Brittany Kay Interior Decorating, I would love to help answer any questions whether that is a quick phone call or a sit-down consultation.
It comes at sporadic moments where I have some great ideas…. and well, I just do it!
Here is our master bedroom filled with life, brightness and simplicity! What used to be our bedding from almost 3 years ago, which came as a set, is now different pieces that I knew would work well together, and what a beautiful end result it is!
I added light color checkered sheets, and pillowcases to deliver more of a farmhouse style impression. Two vast and vibrant white pillows were added on top of a queen, detailed and white-colored “coveret”. Two rectangular decorative pillows were placed in front whose character shows with the unique knotted ends and rustic, taupe color, which matches the bed throw. Lastly, a threaded throw (which was made in Portugal) was added to finish off that homey and enticing aura.
This throw is one of my favorites! Just look at the character! Just to add that extra spice, I arranged a beautiful wooden tray with a sweet spring candle settled inside. This sits beside our vintage bibles with our “fake wedding rings” tied by twine, in which our ring bearer carried during the ceremony! Surrounding is a vibrant evergreen piece that adds much life and color!
Have many ideas scrambling through your head, but not sure how to apply them? Please ask me! I would love to consult with you and help sort through those ideas and create something you have been envisioning.
Add lushness and a traditional style to your front porch, patio, or balcony with ferns. Ferns offer sun loving and shade variations that will improve the scenery when hanging. They add an eye-catching and vibrant color to your space, and they aren’t very costly!
Pictured are Boston Ferns:
Boston ferns are popular indoor and outdoor houseplants. Boston ferns need a place where it is cool with high humidity and indirect sunlight. They prefer temperatures of 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit. When in warmer months, try not to let the soil become dry before watering.
Tip: Ferns will grow faster in temps of 73 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
When keeping these ferns indoors you want to keep them in an area that provides additional humidity, especially in the winter. Lightly misting them once or twice a week will help provide the humidity it needs as well. A humidifier is the best way to ensure your fern gets the humidity it needs. The ferns soil should remain damp as well.
Boston fern care is as simple as just making sure the plant is in the proper environment and given care. The right care will allow your plant to live for many years!