Let there be (more) light

Hello y’all. Today I am excited to tell you about some lighting updates that were just completed in our kitchen.

If you remember, I outlined some of the ideas we have for that space in my kitchen plan post.

After we replaced our sink faucet, it was time to focus on getting some more light in the room. Aside from the small light above the sink, the space only had one light fixture in the main kitchen area. You can’t tell from the photo above, but the room was pretty dim. In fact, it was difficult to see what we were cutting (my fingers or the carrots?) when prepping food on the counter beside the fridge.

I had been pining away for recessed light fixtures for awhile, so we finally bit the bullet and called an electrician to replace the existing fixture with a can light and add four more as well.

Here is the work in progress. (Sorry for the dark photo. I’m pretty sure Bob the electrician thought I was a weirdo for snapping pictures of the event.)

Notice Tiny (on the left) inspecting Bob’s work. She’s got her mom’s eye for detail. 😉

And here are the lights installed in all their glory. Can you hear the “Hallelujah Chorus” playing in the background? Oh. That’s just in my head, I guess.

Bob the electrician (not to be confused with “Bob the Builder”) also suggested we add a dimmer switch, so we did. Here are the lights in romantic mode …

And in nightlight mode (yes, I’m making up these terms) …

Hey. You never know when you might need to stumble downstairs to grab a midnight snack.

I lurve these new lights! I mean big. fat. heart. LOVE. THEM. They shed so much more light into the room. I can see what I’m cutting on my cutting board. And my nighttime blog photos should come out better now too. Plus these lights make the kitchen look so much more modern, don’t you think?

Bob was so great to work with. He’s a real pro. After all, sometimes we DIYers need to just suck it up and call in a pro to get the job done right, ya know? I’m willing to admit that I don’t know it all. Sometimes. 😉

So there you have it … the kitchen plan progress continues. We’ve got a new faucet, more lighting, now what? I’m thinking a pendant light fixture above the sink in oil-rubbed bronze. Any suggestions?

Oh. I almost forgot. This is the kitchen we started with when we moved in.

The hubs hates this photo, but, unfortunately, it is my only true “before” of the kitchen. Sorry hubs!

I am linking this project up to these fine blogs. Check them out.

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7 thoughts on “Let there be (more) light

  1. Susan love the changes. I just stumbled across your blog and love it. I’m new to the world of blogs and pinterest and am having so much fun. I really like the changes you made to your kitchen. I have to admit I was happy to see you have stained cabinets. All the kitchens pinned are either white or some other color. A pendent light above the sink would look nice. I bought an adapter from Plow and Hearth that changed my can light to a pendent. What a difference that made.

  2. I love the new look. It is just fab. Tell hubby that he looks great in this photo. I have always wanted recessed lighting too. My bathroom needs upgraded again and the living rm. Oh the work that goes into all of this..it is sitting in a stand still because of differences of opinions, lol…I shall win. I wonder if hubby’s ever watched National Geo.? The female birdie always inspects the home for her youngins before she excepts her mate.

  3. I know this is an older post, but I was wondering if you would share your wall color. We also have cherry cabinets and I am tired of the rich, warm wall color. I can’t seem to find the right lighter, cooler (or at least less gold) paint color.

    • No problem, Erin. In my living room/kitchen/foyer, I used Iced Chocolate CI 60 – Valspar (from Lowe’s). You can see all the paint colors in my home by visiting my FAQ page here: http://livingrichonless.com/faqs/. I try to keep it updated … that reminds me I need to post my new bathroom color. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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