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.
Here’s a close-up of the candelabra chandelier. You can see the entryway light in this photo, too.
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.
A look from the kitchen into the eat-in dining area.
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!
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.