I’m stuck here at the end of the month with no money left in my budget anxiously waiting for the first to roll around so I can move on to the next stage in my kitchen project! I guess if I’m being honest there is work that could be done while I wait, but caulking and painting aren’t exactly weekday projects for me. So while I make over my kitchen one weekend and one small monthly budget at a time it’s fun to dream about the possibilities.
One of the things that has always bugged me about this kitchen is the lighting. It’s flooded with blinding natural light in the morning but in the evenings the only source of light is in the middle of the room–meaning that when I’m standing at the counter whatever’s in front of me is in shadow. Super annoying. Please excuse the tupperware and toy pots and pans on the floor in this photo. It’s the price I pay for productivity.
The light fixture that hangs in the middle of the room is actually a lighted pot rack, but if we used it as such we’d be banging our heads left and right. So I’m thinking about moving it to hang over the counter a la this mediocre rendition I made using a similar light fixture I found online.
Moving it would not only allow us to actually use it as a pot rack but would also provide some much needed task lighting over the area where I do most of my food prep. The area above the kitchen is accessible via the attic so I think that it would only cost maybe $100 for an electrician to drop a new light box over there. Then I could install an additional fixture in the center of the room. I’m having a hard time imagining what sort of light might go there. Most of the kitchens in my inspiration pictures have recessed lighting, but I don’t think that’s the right choice for us. And since we don’t plan on staying in this house forever I want to choose something that’s likely to appeal to future buyers (but is not totally out of place in our 90 year old home). I also really want it to have two or more lights since the whole point is to brighten things up. I had to take a couple of fixtures off my list when I realized they could only support one bulb each. Anything with a fabric shade is out as is anything that looks like it would be extremely difficult to clean (I’m looking at you, crystal chandelier). And I’m not spending more than $100. Despite all those limitations, there are still thousands of lighting options out there and it’s overwhelming.
I really like this one, but it only takes one 60-watt bulb. I guess maybe with the three bulbs from the original light still in the kitchen it wouldn’t be such a big deal if the main light wasn’t as bright?
If I can’t get a vintage style pendant like the one above, then I may choose something like this. Does it appear crooked in the photo to anyone else? It supports four 60-watt bulbs so I’m pretty sure the kitchen would be lit up like an operating room.
In the rest of the house I am all about using lamps for soft, understated lighting but after nearly four years of preparing food in my own shadow I am convinced of the importance of task lighting in the kitchen. But if I’ve got three bulbs hanging over the food prep area, how many do I need in the center of the room? Seven total bulbs seems excessive, but a single-bulb light might not be enough. It’s a good thing I’ve got some time to think about it!