March 3, 2014 by Sarah
The kitchen lighting is in and it is glorious.
Our electrician came in and buttoned a few things up last week and we were able to get our over head chandelier in as well as the matching pendant over the sink.
I looked for quite a long time at many stores (physical stores and online) and I was lucky enough to find just what I wanted on clearance. Both fixtures are discontinued models from Hinkley Lighting. You can order them from Hinkley directly, but I got mine from Wairfair.com since I had a 10% off coupon. The center light was originally priced at $380 and we were able to get it for just under $150. The pendent from the same line was just under $50, originally $140. Not too shabby.
I chose a 4-light chandelier for the center light in a “brushed caramel” finish with a ribbed and frosted shade. It has very clean lines that conveys a sort of craftsman feel.
For over the sink, a single light matching pendant.
These fixtures are really good quality and are very heavy. We used special light boxes to accommodate the added weight before we put the drywall in. Installation was pretty easy with Adrian doing most of the grunt work while I handed him crap.
Although I was initially unsure about the finish, I now I absolutely love it. Although it is a gold tone, it is a far cry from the bright 1980s polished brass. All the original light fixtures in the house are brass from the 1910 and I wanted to play off of them.
We installed all the lights on dimmers to be able to customize the amount of light needed throughout the day. This kitchen already gets a ton of natural light from the 3 large windows in the room–including the new one we had installed 🙂 We also have the center light on a 3-way switch so it can be controlled from either doorway of the room.
Adrian is in-charge of the undercabinet lighting. We are planning on using low voltage LED light strips. We used plug in xenox puck lights at our old house…but we are planning to hardwire this time around. It will go up as soon as I get the molding in place and painted under the cabinets.
We have also been very busy this week and have made a lot of progress on the kitchen including this:
Yes that’s right…the floors are refinished and the base cabinets are going in. woooooop!
Note: The doors and drawer fronts of the base cabinets are NOT going to be that light birch color you are seeing in the photo. That is only the frame of the cabinet and the doors are solid wood that will be stained a medium-brown craftsman color. The doors completely overlay the frame of the cabinet so you will only see the birch color on the inside of the cabinets. No offense to those of you that like light wood cabinets, but I just happen to not. k bye.
What do you think of the new lights? Are you onboard with the brass comeback? Or are you loyal to the almighty ORB? We still have oil-rubbed bronze drawer pulls and knobs for the cabinets so I didn’t totally leave it behind 🙂 I cannot wait to share the progress with all of you later in the week–it’s starting to look like a real kitchen again.