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. Your kitchen’s looking good! I really like #6….it calls to me, but no place to put it! Isn’t that always the way? And grass cloth….yes please! Curious to see where? Enjoy your weekend! ;)

  2. I can’t believe the change in your kitchen… Looks amazing, and I’m sure you are loving that clean, bright feeling!

  3. Hi Diane, I was thinking about having to try to cut that straight line….over my head…..and cringed, but I also thought….wow, kudos to ED at the great job he did!

    I was going to mention that whatever fixture you choose, be sure it is rated for at least 100 watts. I should’ve known you would already be ahead of me on that!

    It’s really coming together now!