Friday, November 30, 2012

Kitchen Lighting Part 2

Next up, getting the pendant lighting put up.  I think that's the major element our kitchen was missing.  To me it fills in the empty space between the ceiling and island and almost creates a separation of the kitchen from the family room.  The pendant would be mounted where the former recessed light was.  To make things a little easier, we opted to replace it with something that has one connection box with several pendants attached instead of drilling more holes to hang individual pendants.

We found a pendant fixture in Lowes that would do the trick.  We went with a pendant bar in nickel and blue crackled glass pendant shades.  Problem is, the can light left a hole that is seven inches wide and the bar for the pendant light is only five inches wide.  

This bar is not going to cover that huge hole.  What to do, what to do?  After searching online, I found several videos where we can add a box to the gaping hole and just patch around it.  We used a ceiling brace similar to this.  It went in between the ceiling joists and you twist to tighten it.  The teeth on each end grip into the joists.  This gave us the light box we needed  and the support to hold the light fixture.

After this was in, we patched around this hole and the other holes left from the florescent light boxes.  We used this method to patch the holes using leftover drywall pieces and pieces of wood cut to size.

Using the instructions for the pendant fixture, we mounted it to the ceiling.

Love the pop of blue the pendants add to the room.  A coat of ceiling paint left to go and this project is complete! 

See part one of the process here

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  1. LOVE those blue pendant lights. They really make the space. I would kill for a kitchen island...okay, maybe not kill, but hurt somebody really bad, lol.

  2. Those are great lights! Much better than the fluorescent light above my island. Probably should think about replacing that sucker! I'd love it if you'd share this at my linky party

  3. I am loving the blue pop of color! They look amazing against the dark brown!

  4. Your lights are gorgeous!!! Thanks for linking up.

  5. what a great way to bring a pop of color!

  6. Love your kitchen and the new lights! Thank you for sharing at simply creations link party!


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