Good morning, sunshines!
Back in December, when I shared our first round of kitchen updates, I mentioned that we still had a few things left on the list. We had a disgusting fluorescent light fixture full of bugs, and I hated it with a passion. We were trying to put off replacing it to save money, but before a big party we threw in June, I asked The Hubs to at least try and clean out the bugs. Unfortunately, when he took it down, this happened.
Oh, darn. Such a shame. As it turned out, we had no choice but to replace it immediately.
This party also happened to fall around the same time as my birthday, and I had already used some birthday money to order a new pendant light for over the sink, to replace this boring one:
So, as luck would have it, our kitchen received not one but two new light fixtures! Care to take a look?
And lights off:
I know I didn’t post a “Before” picture (I didn’t have one), but you can imagine what an improvement this is, right?! I won’t try to tell you how many times I’ve stood still in my kitchen, just gazing upwards.
The semi-flush fixture is from Lowes. It’s the Good Earth Lighting 19-in Valencia Dark Bronze Fabric Semi-Flush Mount Light. Quite a mouthful, huh?
It only works with GU24 compact fluorescent bulbs, which Brad was really concerned about. They’re tough to find and therefore tough to replace, and we were both a little concerned about the look of fluorescent light. But the good news is that the bulbs (which were included with the light) are just the right level of brightness for our kitchen, and the fabric shade helps give off a warm, homey glow. Plus, they’re super energy-efficient! And Brad said it was really easy to install. So, I like the fixture. But I think we all know who the real shining star is.
(Note: We also recently replaced our faucet when our original one broke. If you’re in the market for a new faucet, I highly recommend it! It’s the Delta Savile Stainless 1-Handle Pull-DOwn Sink/Counter Mount Kitchen Faucet from Lowes.)
Love, love, love.
This light was not quite as easy to install as the other one, due to the inadequate length of cord that came with it. There was plenty of extra chain included, which we appreciated, but Brad had to take a trip to Lowes for extra lighting cord, and ended up re-wiring the whole thing. It was totally worth it, of course. (Easy for me to say, since I just stood there and watched.)
What a difference some strategically-placed oil-rubbed bronze and hammered brass can make, right? I love mixing metals.
Do you have any outdated light fixtures you’re dying to replace? What’s on your wish list? Lemme see!