Monday, March 12, 2012

Kitchen Challenge Part II, Lights

If there is one thing that I've learned about living in our 1928 farmhouse is that some things are just going to be a challenge.

Take the lighting over the sink for instance. Or I should say lack of lighting...

For the 10 years that we've lived here, I've wanted lights above the sink. There is just something so warm and homey to me about a light over the sink. But there wasn't a way to wire lights without hiring an electrician and having it turn into a huge, spendy job. Then I started to tear out a wall in the upstairs office and ended up with these boards....

After Ken pulled the nails and I hit them with the sander, we found some "L" brackets off an old table leg and hung them right above the sink. Then a quick trip to Jerry's Home Improvement store and $12 later, I have light!!

You should have seen the guy in the hardware departments face when I told him what I was going to do with these clip on shop lights. Wish I would have gotten his e-mail so I could send him a photo and show him that I'm crazy all right, but crazy in a good way.

The shades are galvanized, so you know in my world that alone makes them awesome, but the fact that they were cheap and they don't look like some kind of Redneck Renovation is the best part of all. So the grand total spent on Part II of our kitchen renovation? $12.
  • Shelf (free) boards reclaimed from an upstairs tear out
  • "L" brackets and screws off an old table leg in the garage
  • Sandpaper to rough up the shelf a bit
  • 2) clip on shop lights from the hardware store @ $6 ea.
If you read the post Kitchen Challenge Part I, you'll know that our grand total for this kitchen renovation project so far is a whopping $12.  

Take away my checkbook someone, I'm on a spending spree!


  1. I love the lights! I love the whole kitchen, actually. Next time I come to Oregon, I'm coming over for coffee!

    1. Thanks Dacia. Can't wait to get the rest of the kitchen done. And next time you come to Oregon I'll fix you and entire lunch! Come soon, I would love to have the time to sit and visit with you.


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