Friday, March 18, 2011

Kitchen Light Before & After

Our kitchen is circa 1982.  When we bought our house the cabinets were an oak color with white countertops, peach-colored walls, and blue marbled tile floor - yep blue.  We had brass hardware and the matching brass lights.

In any event, we don't have the funds right now for the dream kitchen I would like to have (think white cabinets, black soapstone countertops, stainless steel appliances, radiant heat floors).  So in an attempt to make it more to our liking we began our facelift a little bit ago.  One of the last things I just finished was to swap out some lighting.   We had 4 pot lights that needed to be updated.

Here is picture of the ugly old pot lights.

When I was searching online for options I came across these pot light conversion kits at Lowe's.

And yes, they are as easy as it looks.  You simply screw the top part into the light bulb socket of your can light, tighten the canopy cover, adjust the length of the wire to your liking, and add the glass shade.  I had 4 pot lights to convert and it took me a couple of hours - it probably would have been quicker, but I am a freak about heights and getting them exactly even took a little trial and error.

Look at my gorgeous new lights...

I am so happy with the results.  I have attractive new lights that I was able to install without either my husband or an electrician.  On top of that they were only $18 each for the kit plus the glass shades were $6 each.  Lowe's also carries this in a antique bronze color and there were about 10 different types of shades to pick from.  This was a super great solution for us - inexpensive and easy and good looking.

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

I am linking this one up to Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.  Check out all the great befores & afters over there too.


  1. That's great. What a difference the right lighting makes. Your room looks amazing now. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at Thanks so much.

  2. I LOVE how these have transformed your lighting! I recently purchased something just like that for our lower level bar - so cool. I got mine at Menards for $9.99 each, plus the globes (there are literally dozens to choose from). Thanks for sharing - I think alot of people will start using them to replace their old lighting! :)

  3. Those lights look good. The wallpaper came out great as well. Nice work.


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