What a day! At 8am this morning a crew of electricians showed up and didn’t leave until 6pm.
On Christmas day, we noticed one of the outlets in our family room was so hot the receptacle melted. Crazy scary. So we called an electrician and it snow balled from there. A previous owner did a lot of diy electrical work and the melted outlet made it apparent it was time to fix all the bad wiring. And since electricians were going to be here already, we decided to add lighting to our woefully under lit kitchen and family room. My days of cooking in shadows are over! The whole space is fresher and brighter now!
I took these pictures last night with all the lights on while it was dark outside.
And here it is tonight under the same conditions!
Much, much better. Take a look at the difference in the back by the door to the garage. So. Much. Better.
The fireplace side of the family room has always been so dark with the only over head lighting consisting of 3 recessed lights on the other side of the room. The electricians mirrored the 3 lights on the fireplace wall, added 2 lights spaced between, and put it all on a dimmer. The existing recessed lights were updated to halogen to match the fancy new ones.
In the kitchen the center light was taken out in favor of 4 halogen lights. The light over the sink was also updated to a halogen and the recessed lights over the bar were taken out and replaced with pendants.
We decided to add the simple baby ceiling medallions instead of paying the dry wall guy big bucks to patch the 1 inch gap left from the recessed light hole that wasn’t covered by the pendant mount.
I’m so excited to see these suckers up because I purchased them over 2 years ago. Ballard Designs has a couple of outlets in Atlanta and one was conveniently located near my old office. I would pop in every few weeks and have gotten some great deals there. The very first time I went into the store I found these pendants in the “last call” section for $40 a piece! Down from $200 each! Ballard’s still sells them here. The reason for the steep discount? A few black scuff marks on the shade. I was able to get most of them out, but the remaining ones are virtually undetectable.
I knew that redoing the lights in these rooms would make a big impact, but I didn’t expect it to change the way I feel about the space. The old lights were weaker and let off a very yellow light. The space is much happier now.
In addition to marking “redo electrical in kitchen and family room” off my 2012 to do list, I can also put a big fat check mark next to “add electrical outlet to pantry for microwave.” So excited to get the microwave off my dining room floor (!) and in its proper place once we redo the pantry!
Next up: Painting the ceiling. Excuse me if I don’t get on that right away.