I just completed a simple update in our kitchen. It was so easy in fact, that I just purchased the pendants yesterday, installed them this morning, and now I’m posting them on my blog at lunch time. Yep, super simple! And the best part was, I didn’t have to
hire an electrician call my Dad to install them for me!
Here is a recent picture of my kitchen with the recessed lighting all over the place.
You can see a little edge of the recessed can light in the middle of the kitchen in the picture above. I decided to move my Grandfather’s butcher block to the middle of the kitchen and get the old island/cabinet piece out of the way. We have it in some other spot in the kitchen now, but that will be for another blog post. 🙂
Here’s a picture I snapped this morning just before I installed the pendant light conversion kit, which I purchased yesterday at Lowes. They had quite a selection of pendant shades to choose from. I chose a pendant shade that had an industrial/vintage look that I thought would look good over my Grandaddy’s old butcher block. AND, one that wasn’t made of glass, because I could see something happening with a glass shade in no time…just saying.
The chose the bronze finish pendant kit and the shade to match. The shade is the Portfolio 6.75-in H x 8.5-in W French Bronze Metal Pendant Light Shade. It simply attached onto the end of the pendant kit! Here’s what it looked like before I assembled everything.
Now, BEFORE you get started with anything like this, please start at the breaker box and switch the power off completely to the lights you will be working on. My mother is an insurance agent, my father is an electrician, and my step-mother has worked plenty of trauma cases at our local hospital for many years…SO, I have heard them stress this many times. Always best to be safe!
The hardest part of this update, was getting the pendants to line up with each other just right. I tend to be really picky about that sort of thing, so I probably made things more difficult for myself. I had a good amount of excess cord but it was easy to hide away into the can light.
The other end of the conversion kit just screwed right into where the old light bulb went! Recessed lights are gone! I just had to have the vintage style Edison bulbs to fit the whole look. I’m so happy with this simple update in our kitchen!
Pendant Shades: $18.98 each TOTAL: $37.96 (before tax)
Pendant Conversion Kit: $19.98 each TOTAL $39.96 (before tax)
Vintage Light Bulbs: $8.98 each TOTAL $17.96 (before tax)
Compared to other pendant lighting, these kits were really inexpensive. And what an easy way to update our recessed lighting…the kitchen is much brighter now!