All you NKOTB fans, that was for you. For all you light fans reading this, the rest of this post is for you.
Before we started tearing apart our kitchen, we had a single boob light fixture in the center of the room, a recessed can over the sink, and a lame light in our vent hood.
The light in the center cast shadows and didn’t properly light a room in which wielding knives is an everyday occurrence. So with the soffiting gone-zo, we installed four recessed can lights, each centered over a work area. One on either side of the stove, another over the peninsula, and one over the dishwasher. Three halogen lights are built-in our vent hood, so we have plenty of task lighting over the stove.
I had dreams of pretty pendants, specifically these, over the sink and the bar top.
Sadly, that couldn’t happen. Remember the off centered sink? Pretty sure a pendant centered over the sink, but not on the window wouldn’t look so great. Neither would a pendant centered on the window but not over the sink. That and the pitch of our roof doesn’t allow a larger box that close to the exterior. So we’re going with a small recessed can over the sink.
But we can still have two or three pendants over the bar top, right? Wrong. For some unknown reason, I hoped we’d have enough space below the header to install pendant lights. Ben built the header to match the dining room, which is made of two by twelves with sheet rock over.
Of course structural integrity is priority over pretty lights. No pendants for this kitchen, but we need a way to light the new bar. And I still want pretty lights somewhere in the kitchen. We settled on pendant lights on the posts and the search began. True to form, my requirements are based on looks and price. Pretty yet sleek design, a combination of silver (whether brushed or polished) and glass, has to be 4.25 inches or narrower, and of course, the cheaper the better.
An online search yielded three favorites, all from Home Depot. First, this frosted glass brushed nickel combo for $37.61.
Then this brushed nickel swivel light for $84.60 each.
I would have rotated it 90 degrees to pivot up and down. Finally, this nickel and glass beauty for $38.16.
Ben and I agreed that this one was our favorite, so I called our local store to check the availability and they don’t carry this one. Boo.
Then fate stepped in. While at Home Depot to buy marble tile for the back splash and a few other kitchen essentials, we took a stroll down the lighting department. We found sconces we loved for $34.97 a piece. Apparently these weren’t listed on Home Depot’s website. But they’re Hampton Bay chrome and glass sconces.
We’re waiting to install the sconces until we’re finished with the counter tops. In related news, Ben hates the teal door knobs.
He said, and I quote, ” “It looks like something an old lady dealing with gender issues would like.” I don’t know exactly what gender issues have to do with anything, but it can’t be a good thing. I’m guessing he’ll also hate these mercury glass knobs from Anthro. Ben wants something brushed nickel or stainless to match the drawer handles we’ll use for the lowers. (We bought a ten pack of identical handles from Lowe’s for $31.50)
After hearing great reviews about Top Knobs, I did some research. I like this simple brushed nickel knob for $5.20 each.
And these matching pulls for $4.70.
Love the look, don’t love the price tag. Maybe Ben will like the teal knobs more once he learns six cost only fifteen bucks versus $28.20 for these. I haven’t seen anything else that pumps my tire.
What about you. Do you hem and haw over finishing details like lighting and hardware? To me, lights and hardware are the jewelry of a kitchen. It makes the outfit special and personal.