Final Adjustments

As we headed into the holiday season (yes, back at the end of 2012), Craig and I finally pushed ahead with some final changes we wanted to make around the house. These were changes that had bothered us for some time and were the final items on the Things We Need to To Do to This House that We Think are Worth the Money list.

Mainly these changes were all about lights. The previous owners chose a rather *interesting* finish for all their light fixtures back when they built the house 9 years ago. We previously changed out all the bathroom light fixtures and swapped pure white glass globes over the ceiling fan lights for the dark brown swirl glass that had been there. Now it was time to change the fixtures in the entryway, formal dining, eat-in kitchen, kitchen counter area, and all the flush-mounted hallway fixtures.

Below is a photo of the awesome chandelier we chose for the formal dining room. That metal piece on the wall is also new (and purchased at the light store). After hanging the new fixture here, we opted to paint over the green walls with the same color we have in the family room, and were extremely fortunate to find the same dupioni silk drapes for the dining room window that we have for the windows in the family room, eat-in kitchen and hearth rooms.

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The new look in our formal dining room.

Here’s a close-up of the candelabra chandelier. You can see the entryway light in this photo, too.

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I was unsure about this style initially, but am very happy we went this route.

Those who remember our mini-kitchen remodel know that before we installed granite countertops in the kitchen, we lowered the 2-leveled counter to make it all one level, and a much larger and more functional counter area. To hang above it, we scored some awesome pendant lights at Lowe’s (shades, too!) that are designed to work with existing can lights.

That’s right – no electrician required! These pendants come with a kit that allows you to convert the can to a drop-down pendant! Their height is adjustable, too.

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Easily convert your can lights to pendants.

A look from the kitchen into the eat-in dining area.

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With the one-level counter, our kitchen feels so much more open to the rooms around it.

A look at the new fixture above our eat-in dining area. Plus, the super-awesome giant fork and spoon we ordered for our wall!

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I’ve been eyeing that fork and spoon for a long time, and we finally went for it.

It’s amazing how much different the new lights plus paint color in the dining room make the downstairs of the house feel. These really were the final pieces to the house remodel puzzle we have been working so diligently on.

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4 Responses to Final Adjustments
  1. Leigh Ann
    March 3, 2013 | 9:51 am

    We have the same chandelier in our dining “room” (basically an extension of our living room) that you have in your eat in area. *fistbump* And I’m kind of drooling over the spoon and fork.

    • Liz
      March 3, 2013 | 10:21 am

      I will return that fist bump! :-)

      Dude, I was pining for that spoon and fork for a long time. I’m so happy we went ahead and bought it!

  2. Lady Jennie
    March 4, 2013 | 12:26 pm

    I really really love the way you decorate your house.

  3. Bridget
    March 6, 2013 | 1:09 am

    It looks fabulous! We just finished a bathroom remodel. Oy! It’s a lot of work. Also, I’m totally jealous of your big fork and spoon!

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