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August 11, 2009

We finally updated (one of) the light fixtures in our kitchen!  A month or so ago, on a trip to Ikea, we picked up the Barometer lighting system.  We wanted something with multiple lights that would really brighten up the kitchen, and for $50, this definitely did the trick!

You might remember that the old light fixture was a head injury waiting to happen.  (I don’t have any good photos of the light fixture alone, but the take home message here is that you should never hang a low chandelier in the middle of a walkway if you want to have anyone taller than 5’5″ in your kitchen.)

What you can’t see in the above picture is that the chandelier was not attached directly to the ceiling.  Instead, there was a square piece of wood screwed into the ceiling, and the chandelier was mounted to the wood square.

After the wood panel was removed, we were left with a 12″ x 12″ square hole in the ceiling. We removed the old 12″ x 12″ metal box and mounted a new (smaller) junction box.  Actually, to get technical about this, we hired an electrician to mount a new junction box because the number of wires coming out of the ceiling exceeded the standard 3 (white, black, green) and that freaked us out.

Once the new junction box was installed, Jason screwed a 2×4 to the ceiling joists on either side of the hole, cut drywall to fit the hole, and mounted said drywall to the 2×4.  I taped over the entire area with fiberglass tape and then covered the area with several coats of plaster.  After allowing the plaster to dry for 2-3 days, I sanded down the area until it was smooth.  We threw up a few coats of ceiling paint, and after a few days drying time we were ready to hang the fixture!

The new light makes the kitchen so much brighter!  Our tall friends can come over for dinner!  Yay!

Next on the kitchen agenda (in addition to finishing painting the cabinets), we’ll need to choose a second light for our display corner.  Any suggestions?  I’ve been debating between something that will hug the ceiling and a short pendant light.

On a totally unrelated note, I got a free pint of Glidden paint during their free paint giveaway.  I thought I picked a real primary-colored grassy green.  Nope.  It’s more of a good mexican restaurant green – you know?  One of the ones that gives you a full plate of rice and beans with your meal?  And charges less than $10 for the heaping pile of food that they serve you?  Oh, yum.  This post is making me want to eat refried beans.

Anyways.  I’m thinking a re-paint is needed, but what color?  Should I stick with green (picking a slightly darker green this time)?  Black?  White?  Something else?  Please inform.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2009 1:37 pm

    Great job on picking the fixture & fixing the ceiling! I’d paint the cart white since you’ve got white cabinets. Although… I do love a pop of turquoise paint in a white room…

  2. Debbie permalink
    August 11, 2009 2:47 pm

    I’d go with black for the cart. I think it would look great against the green walls. Love the light fixture!

  3. mom permalink
    August 12, 2009 1:41 am

    I vote black too! Now the pressure’s on ~ both moms say black!

  4. mom permalink
    August 12, 2009 9:24 pm

    btw, does Jason hire out? He seems awfully handy to have around!

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