Happy Thursday, Everyone! Guess what I did yesterday? I put a new pendant light over our kitchen sink! Was it easy? Well….
We are in the LONG process of updating our house in order to put it on the market. We aren’t exactly sure when we will sell but the house is nearly 14 years old, therefore it is in need of some serious updating! Our master bathroom renovation is nearly complete. The new countertops come next week so I will share that when it’s finished.
The kitchen is the next room on our to-do list. Don’t they say kitchens and bathrooms sell a house? We are counting on that! We bought some new kitchen appliances recently and they look so shiny and new! The appliances are by Whirlpool and are black with stainless steel handles. I love how they look. Here is the new cooktop:
Since the granite and appliances are black and the cabinets a dark cherry, I decided to take down the white wood blinds over the sink. They really were just dust collectors and since we don’t need the privacy, I took them down. I took down the valance too, for the same reason. This alone really helped! Sorry for the dark pictures. I forgot I had a new external flash that I got for Christmas!
I ordered a pendant light from Ballard Designs during their last sale. They have a kit that converts a regular ceiling can light into a pendant. BRILLIANT! You simply unscrew the can light bulb and screw in the socket adapter. The conversion kit looks like this:
I ordered the mirrored glass bell shaped shade to go with it. There are several different styles so you can pick one that matches your decor. I admit it took me a while to figure out how high to hang it so for safety purposes, I googled it. The internet says to hang it 30-40 inches from the sink. I wanted it to look right and to achieve optimal task lighting. So, I went with 40 inches from the sink to the bottom of the shade. You can adjust the height by wrapping the excess wire around a spindle bracket that is attached to the socket adapter.
Once I determined the right height it was trial and error. The kit came with a spacer ring, which I decided wasn’t necessary. I’m sure it will go in my parts bag of things I save but will never use. The directions really stress not to over tighten the lamp cup to the shade so I was extra cautious. I put a 60 watt light bulb in and it works!
The entire process probably took about an hour. I wish the new pendant had its own light switch but it is on the same circuit as the other can lights in the kitchen. But that’s okay. I still love it! The mirror finish is so modern and pretty. And I can not believe how much task lighting I have now. What a difference! I wish I did this years ago. Hopefully all of these little extras will help sell the house when the time comes.
I hope you have a wonderful day! Thank you for stopping by! It means so much to me! xoxo Dell