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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lighting Challenge

Blondie and I really dislike our kitchen lighting. We have a 1970s era drop ceiling, with fluorescent lights and these dreadful translucent panels. Some might call it retro, but we think it’s dated.


We have talked about different lighting options, but we are not home improvement experts. We could do something with pendant lighting in this room, but Blondie is so tall that probably won’t work for us. He really likes the art deco style, so maybe some type of indirect lighting would be good here. Anything would be better than what we have!

Any suggestions for do-it-yourself challenged homeowners? We don’t really have any carpentry or electrical skills, so it has to be easy. And we don’t want to spend a lot of money, so an extensive, expensive remodeling project is out of the question.

What do you think? Any expert opinions on what we could cheaply and easily to do update this space?

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21 comments:

aggie said...

Depending on how much room there is above the drop ceiling I would seriously think about putting in a lighted ceiling fan. One that has several bulbs and a control switch to let you control how many bulbs are on at a time. Some of those fans can really be bright. You could look at your local Home Depot for a workshop on the installation of fans and lights. They are really great.

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Kendra said...

I think indirect lighting would look nice. My husband's mom just took out her drop ceiling and put in can lights. I like pendant lights but with your husband's height I can see where that would be an issue. A ceiling fan would be an inexpensive option, I personally don't like ceiling fans simply because mine get so dirty and with 4 kids the fans fall way down on the priority list.

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Carina said...

My suggestion is that you use duct tape to make art deco designs around the edges of your existing light panels. You could use Sharpies for detail work. =)

Natalie Jane said...

I've seen people tint their panels to make it softer. Could work here.

Darcy said...

hmmm... I wonder how much height you would have if you took all that out? Maybe some recessed lighting?

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Anonymous said...

yikes! if i were you i'd rip it out and do some pendant lamps, maybe DIY some with wire cages or mason jars. scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Domestic Diva said...

I don't know what to do for the big lights, but I'd definitely do task lighting under your cabinets. I love it!

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Anne said...

I have always wanted lights above my cabinets. I would go with that, and stick with a regular ole ceiling light.
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Liz said...

I'm thinking recessed lighting, although you may gain enough ceiling space when you rip out the lighted panels (what were they thinking???) that you can get some short pendant lighting in after all!

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I'm a fan of ceiling fans in the kitchen, that way when you set dinner on fire it helps to clear out the smoke!