As a home improvement junkie, a big part of what I do on a day-to-day basis involves trying to source fun new goodies for my home. I love the DIY work, if you haven’t caught on in the first few posts I’ve written, but it’s not always entirely about literal projects, often it’s more about the overall vision and what goes into making it happen. Whether I’m considering adding new paint colors to the palette, finding new fabrics to sew with, discovering new plants to brighten and refresh rooms, and finding new furniture to incorporate, I’m always looking for a good deal and the perfect-for-me solution.
Today, I’m here to unveil a sensitive issue. A home decor snafu that I’ve never acknowledged: my kitchen lighting situation.
The light above the sink is the real stinker. It’s big. It’s florescent. And it’s naked.
Here’s the gist of it, to get you up to speed…
Once upon a time about 1-year ago, I eliminated 7 upper cabinets in my kitchen to make way for open shelving. In doing so, a piece of trim that was disguising the florescent light was also removed, and in a fit of fury, I also removed and discarded the encasement that hid the florescent bulb itself.
I guess I thought I’d be getting around to replacing sooner than I really am.
Anyways, I was on a shopping spree during this past month of November, hoping to find something that would be a suitable replacement for my exposed florescent. I saw it as an opportunity to try a new look. Stray from the expected. Take my kitchen in the direction I really see it heading. Make. It. Mine. Hear me roar.
I started with local shops. All four of these fixtures from the Allen + Roth Collection at Lowe’s made me gaga at first light (get it?), although I wasn’t sold yet on the style. I’ve actually had a hard time finding close-to-ceiling lights that I adore, so I’ve filed this away in my “remember-me-when-you’re-in-a-tight-ceiling’d-situation” folder.
Moving my search online (in hopes of finding excellent holiday deals), I started with Etsy and found a stunning piece sold by the FiligreeCreations shop. If you haven’t browsed Etsy before, I think you’ll be floored at the craftsmanship available by the talent artists, and this shop in particular has really beautiful, delicate pieces that are compatible with Ikea lighting kits (how cool!). This globe would have really distinguished above the sink. But too classy for my simple kitchen?
Another striking option was this model from West Elm. Its clean lines make me ooh and ahh, but while it would have allowed a lot of light directly onto the sink and surrounding countertop, it’s a little too big. The 12″ x 13″ measurements made me worried that we’d be smacking our faces into it while doing dishes. (But for the price, I have to say I seriously considered buying it for the living room or the master bedroom.)
Growing more frustrated that I couldn’t find “the perfect light,” I had an idea. Over my dining room table hang two matching IKEA pendants (pleated glass, the 365+ LUNTA model, you can catch a glimpse of them here). I recalled that Ikea had also produced a much smaller model of my already-owned pendants, and matched it with a great price to boot. The Ikea 365+ LUNTA models that hang in my dining room are on a track system, but I began to remember that they could also be hardwired, meaning that I could easily buy a single penant and put it in place of the florescent bulb. $29.99 for a glass pendant, seriously.
There was happy-dancing involved when I made the realization that this would work wonderfully in the space without competing with the other pendants in the house.
Spoiler alert: I bought it. They don’t ship this product from the website (and my nearest Ikea is 2 hours away over the Canadian border), but I found someone with Ikea access to ship me one in the good ol’ mail. Keep your friends close, keep your Ikea friends closer.
Looking forward for its delivery next week to see if it really is the perfect piece!
Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at DIYNetwork.com. You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at facebook.com/merrypad.