Next step in the kitchen makeover was doing something about that not very pretty fluorescent light! If you have missed the previous kitchen makeover posts you can check out the before pictures here (oh, those wood edged laminate countertops – so glad those are gone!), picking out and ordering new laminate countertops from Home Depot, 10+ beautiful kitchens with updated laminate countertops, installing our own laminate countertops, and installing a DIYn beadboard backsplash.
I had been looking for several months at yard sales and thrift stores but I hadn’t found up anything in the size and style I was looking to find. Because my ceilings are only 8 foot, I needed a fixture that would only hang down a total of 22 inches max.
My vision was a metal chandelier (probably brass that I would paint oil rubbed bronze) with the white candle light sockets.
And I finally found it! I used to see these type of fixtures all the time but of course when I was looking for one, there were none to be found. I was shopping a few towns over with a friend and found this brass fixture for $5.05. But even better she qualifies for a senior citizen discount so I scored it for $3.78! You know, I am not all that excited about getting older… but when I remember that means I will qualify for 25% off at Goodwill – bring on 55!
I removed the white candle plastic covers which were in perfect shape and taped off the light sockets. I like to hang my light fixtures from an old shepherds hook so I can paint all angled at the same time. I also paint the chain and cord.
A few coats of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint and it was looking beautiful!!
Fortunately that huge florescent light fixture had a standard small wiring box (I had checked before I decided to remove it). Already looking better! And yes, we have ceiling repair that needs to be done. Some of this was like this when we bought the house as a HUD home years ago. There must have been a leak upstairs in the bathroom or laundry room at some point. I don’t think repairing this and some other damage like this on the ceiling along the seams of the drywall is something I want to or am capable of tackling so we will hire someone to re-plaster/repair the ceilings at some point. There are some holes that were underneath the florescent fixture that will need to be patched as well and now it can all be done at once.
And here’s my $3.78 spray painted light fixture all installed!
I seriously go in the kitchen just to stare at it even several days later… it COMPLETELY changed the look of the room.
It’s nothing fancy, but it is pretty (and so much better than the florescent fixture!) and gives it a bit of that upscale farmhouse look I am going for. And seriously for less than $4.00? Absolutely!
Here’s a quick shot with it on. Several of you asked about the lighting and if it was the same amount of light as the fluorescent fixture. I have found that it is almost the same – a different shade of light – but still just as bright. Hard to get a good picture with the lights on.
And want a sneak peek of what’s next? This is the current view of my kitchen (just a quick cell phone shot). I joked with a few friends that I was trying to stay on trend with open shelving everywhere! I really do like open shelving and wow, has it been faster to put away dishes the last few days, but I don’t think I could do THAT much open shelving. Cabinets are halfway finished being painted!