Category Archives: Renovations

Our New Hanging Pendent Light

Above our kitchen sink, we had no good light… It was time to change that!

Before:

 

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!

After:

 

 

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?

  1. A back support was added inside of the hole from previous light with 2 small pieces of wood.
  2. A long rectangular piece of wood was placed to fill the hole left.
  3. Used a wood filler to patch the outside edges of the board from -step 2-
  4. A circular hole was made through the center where the wires would be placed.
  5. 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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Small Tweaks To Make Your Kitchen Feel New!

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!