Kitchen Lighting Switcheroo

September 24, 2012

We made a change in the kitchen last week, something I’ve been wanting to do for months now.  A couple of years ago, I found a free fixture at Habitat ReStore, brought it home, rewired it, and painted it white.  That free fixture hung in our kitchen for two years and it was really great (especially since it was free!) but I’ve been dreaming of something a little more snazzy.  I wanted to mix it up and bring in some lighting that was bigger, bolder, and modern. 

I’ve been fixated on statement pendants over kitchen islands lately, so I finally decided it was time to upgrade ours.  Say hello to the two new polished nickel lantern fixtures that now hang over our kitchen island!

polished nickel pendants centsational girl

Ba da bling!

We splurged on two polished nickel and linen shade lanterns, purchased from one of my sponsors, Shades of Light.  With a 10% discount, they were $288 each but my oh my what eye candy they are!  

They’re really gorgeous in person but do you notice the slight problem?

two new pendants in kitchen


At first, we couldn’t figure out why one was slightly lower than the other, we counted the links, they were the same. The ceiling wasn’t crooked, what could be wrong? So we stared at it for a few minutes, then Matt noticed the difference.

tighten up lantern

It took five whole seconds to fix the pendant late last night and I didn’t feel like reshooting new images.  Anyway, they’re perfectly even now.    

Here’s the old (free) fixture that was hanging in the kitchen before we started:

old fixture


We had only one round electrical box for a single chandelier and we did some research online on how to turn one into two.  I love a great DIY project, but I get squeamish with wiring walls since I’ve never done it before, so we hired an electrician who came highly recommended to do the switcheroo for us, and I’m so glad we did!  

First we decided the proper spacing for the new fixtures while holding them up above the island.  Then our electrician cut open new holes in the sheetrock with a hole saw to anchor new round boxes for the two pendants.

new hole with hole saw

round work box

(The electrician did the same thing with the wall in our hallway bathroom too, since we’re switching from one overhead fixture to two sconces on the wall in that space – more to come on that remodel soon.)

The center hole was patched with joint compound for sheetrock, then the next step is to sand it smooth, prime with water based primer for walls, and touch up the paint.  

joint compound


The polished nickel finish on these lanterns sparkles like jewelry, I’m pretty crazy about them.  They make quite the statement when you enter the room!

two nickel pendants centsational girl


I also pulled a switcheroo on the mantel shelf above the range.  I kept the collection of white ceramics, several of them thrift store finds, but added some new botanical prints.

mantel display

Green preserved oak leaves add a dose of fall color and two framed culinary prints from Eva Juliet replace the clock.

white mantel and prints

vase and prints on mantel


To see more scenes from our kitchen, take a peek at this post from earlier this year. Aaaaaand speaking of mantels, the Fall Mantel Link Party posts tomorrow at 8 a.m. PST.  I’ll snap some pics of our living room mantel today and share them tomorrow – join me in linking up yours too. 

See you then!



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