Saturday: We had recessed lighting installed in our kitchen! Surprise! I appreciate everyone’s feedback and participation in the poll. But once Shane and I did some measuring we realized that our ceilings aren’t really high enough to do any kind of drop lighting…so recessed lighting was our only option. And you know I don’t mess around, so we measured Thursday, I called around on Friday, and they were installed on Saturday!
First off, I didn’t realize that these little lights that sell for around $10-$15 at Home Depot cost an arm, leg and first born to install. The electrician arrived really early (about 9:30 a.m. ;)) on Saturday and proceeded to walk us through the specifics of the install. I ask ‘So, how many lights do you think that we will need?’ He says ‘Ummmmm….I would say probably (counting in his head)…9.’ I all of a sudden was not so scared about this process, as I realized that there was no science to the installation and/or design of this type of lighting…this guy just pulled a number out of his butt. So, I say ‘I think that is a little bit too many…I don’t want it to be THAT bright in here.’ We decide on four – far cry from the nine that were initially proposed. He then says that it won’t take that long, and I’m like ‘Good, because I have a really bad hangover, so I’m going to be on the couch.’ Won’t take that long? It took him until 5 p.m.!!! Geez. But the lights do look REALLY good…here are some before and afters:
P.S. Shane and I also had to brush up on our sheetrock repair skills this weekend. When the previous fixtures were taken down, some of the sheetrock crumbled out from around it. But with a little bit of sheetrock tape, spackle and paint – they were like brand new!
Just in case you ever need it, here is a little how-to:
- Cover holes and/or cracks with mesh tape. You can purchase mesh tape in a roll (like masking tape) or in sheets for bigger holes. (Do not overlap the tape when putting it on your wall or ceiling.)
- Once you have covered your hole/crack, slap on the spackle. Don’t be afraid…pile that stuff on. You would rather have too much rather than not enough. And Shane and I like to buy the kind that goes on pink and dries white. We are impatient. The ‘no pink, all white’ color change really helps us.
- Once the spackle is dry, sand everything down using a medium grit sand paper. I find it best to sand in different directions to ensure that you are smoothing the surface evenly.
- When you think that you are done sanding, sand a little more.
- Wipe with a moist cloth to get all of the dust off of your repaired area.
- Paint and…Voila – Like new!
And funny thing about the ceiling paint…I thought that it was the same color as my ceiling. Ha. Ha. Ha. It wasn’t – which means that I have to seriously paint the entire kitchen ceiling – which involves cutting in – which I hate.
Also, the granite and backsplash should be going in this week, so we demoed the guest bath in preparation for the vanity top in there. Behold my purple pain – again!
But let’s all count down the days until the hideous brick kitchen backsplash is gone!!!!
Does anyone know what I can do with all this junk that we are tearing up out of our house? Like the bathroom vanity? Or the track light from my kitchen? I may not love them, but one man’s junk is another man’s treasure!