I tell ya! The internet is a pretty amazing place…in case you haven’t already figured that out for yourself. It is through the inspiration of blogs, just like many of you have out there, that I was motivated to remodel my kitchen. It seems that no matter what idea, design question or dilemma I have had during this process I have found the answer on a blog!
I have always wanted a pendant light above my kitchen sink…but I knew that as many handy skills we’ve managed to develop during home ownership…electrical rewiring is not one of them. Both my husband and I are not fans of getting electrocuted so we have chosen to not tackle major electrical projects. Now both of us can hang a new light fixture or change out an outlet like nobody’s business, but removing a recessed light and replacing it with a normal junction box..eh. not so much. So I believed my quest for a pendant light above my sink was a futile one…until I saw this post from Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick and had to rush out to find one myself…
Um…hello. Ingenious! Somebody…heard the pendant light cry of DIYers everywhere and created this amazing recessed light adapter! I purchased this one at Lowe’s but I am sure you could find them at other home improvement stores. They make it in oiled bronze and nickel and it costs a whole whopping $17.00! Now that beats an electrician coming out any day of the week! This could not have been easier to install. See that little “socket” you just adjust the cord to the length you want it and then screw that socket into the recessed light socket. Then you tighten the cover plate up tight against the metal rim of your recessed light and that’s it!
Seriously..10 minutes tops! Now the options are endless as far as shades go. I was really wanting a fabric shade and of course drum shades are all the rage right now. I didn’t want something too small but not too big either since I don’t have vaulted ceilings and Bama Boy is 6′ 4″ tall so he wouldn’t go for hitting his head on something every time he washed dishes…a man who washes dishes is a keeper I tell ya! I searched several places but couldn’t find the right size, color, style or price point I was looking for… until I happened to be back in Lowe’s and found this pretty little shade…
It wasn’t meant to be a pendant shade, but it worked perfectly and it was only $11.00! It is actually a little darker of a blue but since the sun managed to finally make an appearance when this picture was taken, it photographed a little lighter than it’s true color.
I just love it! It is at the perfect height thanks to the adjustable cord and it really pops against the white in the kitchen! It takes a chandelier style light, so I purchased a little round bulb to give it a more vintage feel since you can see the bulb when you look at it from underneath.
At night it gives off such a soft glow.
I use to cringe when anyone turned on that big bright recessed light above my sink, but now I love to leave this soft light on. I think it looks fabulous against my newly painted cabinets…
And that’s the only peek you’re going to get of them, because they are not quite ready for their big reveal. Up next…25 knobs, bin pulls and handles to be installed on cabinets that never had any….oh joy! 😉 and to
beg convince Bama Boy to install my new beautiful dark walnut Roman bamboo shade in my kitchen window that I practically stole from got on clearance from Lowe’s…gosh I love a good sale!
As always…thanks for meeting me at the picket fence!
This post is linked up to the following fabulous parties:
Between Naps on the Porch: Metamorphosis Monday
Thrifty Decor Chick: Before and After Party
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia: Tuesday’s Treasures
DIY By Design: Swing Into Spring
Savvy Southern Style: Wow Us Wednesdays