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Sorry for the lack of posts the past couple of days. Matt and I have both been sick with colds!

But, even though we are sick, we were able to put up the light over the breakfast nook. I ended up buying the one from LampsPlus. We got it in earlier this week and it has just been sitting on the floor staring at us. I finally convinced Matt to put it up!

(I want to apologize in advance for these pictures. Most were taken without flash and it was nighttime. To add to the poor quality, we had to turn off the power in that part of the kitchen for Matt to install the light, so there were no overhead lights to help my pictures!)

I haven’t talked about the breakfast nook light on this blog yet.  It is the most hideous light fixture in our house, and that’s saying something. After our initial gasps of horror, I just accepted it and ignored it. Or tried to, for the most part. What’s funny is that some people, who had not seen our house, wouldn’t comment on it because they didn’t know if we had picked it out! They didn’t want to offend us for having horrid taste. So, without further adieu, here it is:

It looks a little like an exploding brass flower. It also has paint drips on it where the previous owners had painted the ceiling or something and failed to cover up the light fixture.

A recent addition to this light is this:

Yes, it is a Chiquita Banana sticker. You need a back story for this one. My grandparents have hanging light over their kitchen table. My grandfather loves putting these stickers on the light. I thought it was kinda cool as a kid that there he had collected all those stickers! And then, I grew up and realized how silly it was. The other day Matt was eating a banana with the sticker on it and I told him the story. He thought it was hilarious. A few days later I was eating at our table and looked up to find the sticker on the ugly light. It made me laugh and miss my grandparents. So, we kept it there until it was time to take the light down.  It’s those little things that make me really miss home.

So, back to the post.

We said goodbye to the flower light and the plastic medallion attached to the ceiling (I was really worried that there was going to be a big hole or something terrible that they had covered up with the medallion, but I was pleasantly surprised that no such thing existed).

As you can see, there is a difference in color where the medallion was. The color below the medallion is a creamy color. The rest of the ceiling is…blue. That’s right, the kitchen/family room ceiling is light blue.  Just something else we have to do!

There’s the new light!

I really don’t have a great picture of the final product. But, hopefully by the end of this weekend we’ll have some rockin’ “almost finished” kitchen pictures!

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We knew that we wanted to try to put lights under the cabinets, but we didn’t know how to tackle this project. We actually didn’t even know where to start. We went to Home Depot to just check out what different kinds of lighting options were available. I was totally overwhelmed by the many different types. Then Matt, who had done a little more research than I had, started asking me all these questions. Do you want puck lighting? Florescent? Xenon? LED? Should they fade? Do you want a dimmer? My answer to all of these was, “Oh crap, I need to do more research.”

Luckily for me, I am married to a man who is a super whiz at using the interweb. A few days after our fruitless journey to Home Depot, Matt had made a decision about what type of lighting we were to get and needed an opinion on a dimmer switch. Now, this I can do. Unfortunately for me, Matt already had his mind set on what he wanted and he really didn’t want my opinion, he just wanted to show off his great find. But, that’s alright. I have decided that we each need to have ownership in these house projects. He has complete and total ownership of the under cabinet lighting.  I will do nothing more than oohh and ahhh when it is done. So, he is given full freedom with his choices (within reason). He knows what our general taste level is and is pretty good at sticking to what we want. So, the moral of the story, I am learning to let go of some of the little decisions so that he can have ownership, too. However, I will not let him have an entire room in the house to decorate as he wishes. We are still battling on this one. He wants to decorate the living room. And I said no. I told him he could decorate the garage. Is that wrong?

Anyway, back to the matter at hand. Here is the lighting he choose for the project.

He bought it on Amazon. We really should buy stock in Amazon.  This lighting will fill the entire length of the cabinet underside, creating a more uniform output instead of the concentrated output from puck lighting. Also, as you can see from the last bullet point on the box, it installs easily. Always a plus.

I was excited about the lighting. Matt was excited about this.

The dimmer switch (from Home Depot). It’s a button on the bottom and then it has up and down buttons to adjust the intensity. If you squint at the picture, you can see that there is a little green LED above the intensity buttons. This tells you where you are on the intensity spectrum.

The first step in creating a nice under cabinet lighting ambiance in your house is to determine what you are working with.

I really have no idea what he is doing in this picture, but he has tape in his hand, so it must be serious. I just had to take a picture. So, once it was…all taped…?…he moved on to the actual installation.

Before the supplies arrived, the prepared all the electrical work. Now, just so you know, I asked Matt to write this post because I have no idea what he actually did, but he said he didn’t want to and that he would write a post later correcting all of my interpretations of his work. Does that make sense to you?? Here are some shots of him putting in the first light unit.

We had to wait another day for the rest of the units to arrive, but let me tell you, it was really fun checking out how the lights worked just with this one tiny one. I do know that Matt had to “daisy chain” the wires up and over the cabinets in order to get them to the other side of the microwave for the rest of the lighting in order for them to all come on with one switch. Nothing says ghetto like having two switches for under cabinet lighting.

It actually only took him about 45 minutes to install the other lights. Here are great pictures of our kitchen with the lights off and then with them on.

Super cool. We need to add trim and molding to our cabinets to hide the lighting and to add a touch of class to our kitchen. Also, please try to ignore our open cabinets. The doors are currently being painted (almost done!).

Overall, the under cabinet lighting project was a fairly easy one. I absolutely love love love it! Next up…finishing the cabinets and a subway tile back splash!

It’s time to light the nook. Since discovering that my style is Country Cottage, I have become a tiiiny bit obsessed with looking up Country Cottage kitchens. My focus lately has been on lighting, particularly for our breakfast nook. I have decided on a basic style, but I don’t exactly know which chandelier I want yet. Here are the ones that I have found so far that tickle my fancy (imagine these all without the little shades):

From Overstock:

From LampsPlus:

From Lowes:

My favorite so far one is the second one from LampsPlus. What do you think? What lighting will encompass my style and mesh with my country cottage kitchen?

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