Happy Wednesday! It totally doesn’t feel like a Wednesday. #longweekendproblems I hope you had a great long weekend. We had a great weekend at the lake. I had hoped to get this post prescheduled before we left, but well, packing……..
So, remember when I painted the kitchen cabinets and then the light fixture stood out like a sore thumb?
Yeah, that big oak thing up there. But well, I was doing things in phases. And I wasn’t sure I wanted to tackle lighting in it’s awkward position, not knowing what the ceiling looked like underneath.
Then one day I decided I couldn’t look at the oak any more so I painted the box.
And it was kind of nice that it blended in. It still wasn’t my favorite light fixture, but well, it was less tacky looking. But then one night, in the middle of the night, the plastic cover fell and broke. And suddenly I had a project to work on
Luckily I was able to see that the ceiling above the light looked to be in pretty good shape. It has the texture like the rest of the ceiling.
So I started out by taking the light bulbs out. Then I removed the box, which was just held in place by two long screws. Then I had to pop the center cover off.
And then I did a little happy dance because the hole in the ceiling didn’t look too large and it was centered in the light fixture. So my plan was going to work! Thank goodness because I was quite tired and sweaty from taking that light fixture down by myself. And hubby was tired of flipping the light switch and no light appeared.
I picked up a few pieces of SANDA track lighting from IKEA and set to work. This track was so easy to install. Just a few screws to attach the clips to the ceiling, then you snap the track into the clips and done.
And I realize I’m lacking in the photo department, but I also picked up a few lights to go on my track. And the cord for the light was way long! Like 71″ long. And I really only needed like 12″. So I enlisted the hubby to shorten the cord for me.
Then I had to attach the lamp to the line voltage adapter instead of the ceiling cup that it came with. Once I got my cords in and the adapter put back together they just snapped into place on the track and we had light!
I centered the two lights over the island, which is what I’ve always wanted. And no their not quite the pendant lights I wanted, but this is the closest I could get without hiring an electrician.
I do love having the light over the island! And these lights are plenty bright!
I just had to patch the holes in the ceiling and I was done!
I’m really happy with this solution. Track lighting wasn’t my first choice, but it has definitely grown on me! I like it!
Now, I just need new countertops……………..