Apr 25, 2012

Kitchen Lighting

We're taking baby steps in decorating the main floor to suit our tastes.  So far we've:
- painted the living room, kitchen, & foyer,
- updated the powder room, and
- changed out the foyer light.

We've also almost completed the  foyer closet - I just have to paint the doors. I really hope to have an update on that by the end of the weekend.

And we bought a new stove. (!!!)

What other plans are in the works? The kitchen cupboards don't match the new wall colour at all so I've decided to sand them down to get rid of that awful green and stain them a dark brown.  I'm leaning towards Rustoleum's Espresso.  I was considering Kona, but I'm a little afraid it'll turn out too dark.

Recently we also found a new kitchen light that we could both agree on.  The previous light was just a boring flush-mount circle on the ceiling.  

It has two circular bulbs and one of them is always burning out.  

When we took it down I was happy to find that there was only a small hole in the ceiling.  I'm not worried about the marks from the old light since the ceiling has to be re-painted anyway.

Our new light is a semi-flush mounted chandelier with three lights. We like that it doesn't hang so low that you're bumping into it, yet it has more presence than a flush-mount would. The glass is white and the metal is oil rubbed bronze.

For some reason I didn't take any pictures with the lights turned off.  Here is what it looks like on the company website (brushed nickel finish). It is called the Essex by DVI. They also make one with 5 lights (which we might get for the living room) and a huge two-tiered one with 9 lights.

There are two glass covers for each light - one frosted, one clear - that are clipped in separately, so if we get some pretty bulbs I'm going to remove the inner frosted one.  

It comes with a chain so it can also be converted to a full chandelier.  We like it so much that we've decided to get another one for the attached dining area , but we'll use the chain and hang it lower. 

This shot has no purpose, it just makes me laugh. It looks like an ammonia molecule. (Why yes I was a chemistry major before eventually switching to accounting.)


BarbSteadman said...


kitchens cheltenham said...

You should be clear about selection and placement of lights in your kitchen and the focus should be on amicable lighting environment in the Kitchen.

Darby Hawley said...

Wow you've been busy with updates!!  Looks great, and I love your new stove!

Barb @ Turtles and Tails said...

Nice chandelier!

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