Kitchen Lighting and Some Changes…

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It has been a busy week around the my house, especially in my kitchen. I have gotten quite a lot done that I want to share the progress with you today, along with some changes I plan to make in another part of the house..and something I am dreaming about.  Since it is Friday when everyone wants to get into weekend mode, I am going to get right to it… :-)

The last project of the kitchen makeover has begun.

DIY Kitchen makeover and lighting

Bye-bye scalloped wood valance over the sink.

1970's kitchen makeover

Ed cut it out after breakfast one morning this week. It was easier than we thought to remove. We thought we could run into a problem since the wood across the top right under the crown molding is one big piece that goes across all the upper cabinets. We didn’t want to remove it or the crown molding, so we cut the scallops off and left the wood all around it intact.

I will have to do lots of sanding and add molding to make it look pretty. I haven’t started it yet since I have been more focused now on choosing a new light fixture.

We removed a fluorescent tube fixture that I was very happy to see go.  To replace it, I am thinking a flush-mounted school house style fixture, but have not made up my mind yet.

There is not a lot of room so the fixture can’t be too big or hang too low. Here are a few light fixtures I am considering…

kitchen lighting and light fixtures

1. | 2. | 3. | 4.  | 5. | 6. 

There are two ceiling fans in the room with white schoolhouse globes. I don’t want the new light to match them exactly, but I want it to have the same vibe. I may order a few of these fixtures and then return the ones that don’t make the cut.

*Update: For the kitchen I ended up adding another light to the list that I loved! I also used #1 in my Hallway Makeover.

Speaking of making the cut…

Inspiration for lake house


I have had this photo in my decorating inspiration file for years. I edit the file a few times a year, but this photo always makes the cut. I normally don’t go for dark walls, but this one for some reason really speaks to me.  I recently got an idea on a place in my house that I can create it.  Hint: It is not in the kitchen. :-) I will have to change something first in another area, but I think you are going to like the change. Stay tuned.

And last, but not least. I have been doing a lot of dreaming….

 Donald Lococo Architects

Earlier this week I came upon this photo and now I can’t get it out of my head. I love the exterior, it is classic and casual… just my style.  Since moving to the lake I have been looking for inspiration for the exterior of my house. Right now the color of my house  is greenish teal, but it does have brick that is the same color of the stone on this house and has the vertical siding. I love the little dormers and the metal roof.  Swoon :-)  I wish I could snap my fingers and make it happen to my house instantly, but it is going to have to stay a dream for now.

That’s all for today… On Monday I will be posting the countertop painting tutorial. I know many of you have been waiting patiently for it and what I think of the paint and how it turned out. It came out better than I could have ever imagined!

See you Monday… Happy Weekend!

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  1. OMG! I love the exterior of that house!! It give me so much inspiration for my dad’s house that I inherited. Can’t wait to show it to my hubby!

  2. I vote for #1, or something similar. It does look as if there is room for one that would hang on a chain, maybe 12″ or so, and be a bit more “showy”. It might also cast more light. The kitchen looks great!!

  3. It’s looking so beautiful. I vote for number 1 or any of the three on the left side. But it is your kitchen. Which one do you keep going back to is what you really want. Just like your inspiration pictures.

    1. Hi Cassie – I like the styles on the left too. The top one I think is the least expensive and a good size, but can only take up to a 60 watt bulb.:-( I need to find one that takes an 100 watt bulb. The search goes on. Enjoy your weekend.

      1. With LED bulbs does it really need to be rated at 100 watts? Just curious. Your kitchen makeover is wonderful. Congratulations, Ed, on a beautifully steady cut.

  4. I have the EXACT same valance and also a fluorescent light! I can’t stand it! Can you tell me what kind of saw he used?

    1. Hi Danielle – We thought we would need a SawsAll type of saw, but we didn’t want to buy one so we used a battery operated jigsaw from Ryobi we have with a brand new Fast Cut saw blade in it also from Ryobi. It worked perfectly. :-) If you are going to do it to your wood valance, turn the power off to the light and then measure and use a bubble level to make a straight line to follow where you want to make the cut. To cut the corners, Ed scrolled around making a curve first and then went back a second time to cut the corners out at 90 degrees.