Kitchen: Take Two

One couple’s adventure in kitchen remodeling

Lighting, etc.

Posted by kitchentaketwo on April 13, 2009

I have forgotten to mention this, but the kitchen was without lights for the entire cabinet installation process. So that we (my mom) could paint the ceiling and so we could see what the electrical looked like under our big, buzzing fluorescent light box, we took it down. We also removed the ceiling fan over the breakfast area (yes, you read that right) and the light above the sink because it was attached to the soffitt that was also removed.

We opted for bronze/black finished light fixtures to match the cabinet hardware. A simple pendant kit for above the sink, a decorative track light with adjustable bulbs to replace the big fluorescent box in the middle of the kitchen, and a small chandelier for over the breakfast area. Sounds easy, right?

Well, it wasn’t. Again, Lowe’s had what we liked at reasonable prices, though it took four different Lowe’s before we found the track light. The installation was a little more tricky. Old electrical boxes and new fixtures aren’t easy. Even with two people, it was tough getting everything into the ceiling and lined up correctly – but we did it.

Here’s the track light.

Track light

Track light

Chandelier

Chandelier

I haven’t taken a picture of the pendant yet, but it looks like a chandelier shade with just a plain cord to the ceiling – very simple. And while installing all these lights wasn’t fun and may or may not have involved some heated exchanges 😉 we are glad to have saved a ton of money by not hiring an electrician for any of the work. Scott and a friend converted several hard-wired areas (where the cooktop was and where the garbage disposal was plugged in) to regular outlets and added an outlet for the new microwave/hood combination, which we also installed. It was definitely a two-person job and took a lot of patience.

We opted for all black Kenmore appliances from Sears. Despite our desire for stainless steel, we decided to get a nearly-as-good look for a lot less money. Here’s the microwave – the installation picture is not great so I added a Sears pic, but trust me – we really installed it.

Microwave

Microwave

I spent the weekend of April 4-5 removing all the wainscoting and molding around the floors in the kitchen. It wasn’t hard, but did create quite a mess. So now the bottom half of the walls are bare. We’re planning to install beadboard paneling there to update the look a bit.

Bare walls and floor

Bare walls and floor

FYI: For those of you who’ve been to our house, you know baseboards have been missing for…well about two and a half years now. I’m happy to report that the entire hallway now has baseboards and several of the door frames also have new molding. That was also part of my last two weekends. The entryway is still not finished -we’re not sure the uneven wood floor is going to stay and I don’t want to put molding down just to have to tear it up.

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