Finally!!! After 4 fails, I think I found myself a new kitchen ceiling light.  

I know…it’s not earth shattering news and it won’t change the world, but it was the last project that we had to finish in the kitchen in order to call it done. Removing an old fluorescent light and installing a new kitchen ceiling light to add a bit of farmhouse charm to the space. | Chatfield CourtThis is where we started. We adopted this fluorescent beauty when we bought the house last year. Neither one of us liked it and I don’t think we ever actually turned it on.

New Kitchen Ceiling Light | Chatfield Court

The original plan was to change it out when we did the remodel on the kitchen but…

The hubs actually started it by suggesting we take it down. I just couldn’t stand to disappoint him so I reluctantly agreed. 

Ok, maybe I did a little happy dance when he left the room. 😉

 
New Kitchen Ceiling Light | Chatfield Court

After we took the offending light down, I cleaned the ceiling, fixed the holes and touched it up. Not perfect but pretty darn close. 

I thought that fixing the ceiling would be the hard part but finding the “perfect” kitchen ceiling light fixture turned out to be much tougher.

New Kitchen Ceiling Light | Chatfield Court

A few weeks ago I talked about my search for a new kitchen ceiling light here, and I even shared some of the favorites I found.

I ended up ordering and returning a total of 4 light fixtures before I found “the one”. The first light I bought was way too big and the 3 after that were way too small.

The one we went with is from Restoration Hardware. I ended up spending more than I wanted, but it was the right look and size. 

How to install a new kitchen ceiling light to add a bit of farmhouse charm to the kitchen. | Chatfield Court

The goal was to have the kitchen ceiling light “go with” the dining room light. 

Installing a new kitchen ceiling light to add a bit of farmhouse charm to the kitchen and dining room. | Chatfield Court

The issue I was having was that we needed a fixture that was big enough for the space but it could only be 12″ tall. It seemed that everything I really liked was more than 12″ tall and all of the flush mounts were way too small. 

Removing an old fluorescent light and installing a new kitchen ceiling fixture to add a bit of farmhouse charm to a small kitchen. | Chatfield Court

 

Removing an old fluorescent light and installing a new kitchen ceiling light to add a bit of farmhouse charm to a small space. | Chatfield Court

The one thing I was certain about was that I wanted a light that you could almost see through. The focus of the space, in my eyes, is the window and not the light fixture. 

Installing a new kitchen ceiling light to add a bit of farmhouse charm to a small space. | Chatfield Court

With the kitchen light up, new appliances, paint on the walls, the island redo and the window painted black, this space is done. Like I said, we plan to remodel the kitchen at some point, so these changes will hold us over until it’s time to do it. 

How to install a new kitchen ceiling light to add a bit of farmhouse charm to a small white kitchen. | Chatfield Court

I do have one more little addition to share before we can move on to the next space (the living room). It’s already done and hanging up. I’m making a video to show you how I created it and, as soon as I’ve finished, I’ll share it. 

Thanks so much for stopping in. I hope you have a great week!

Check out the other projects we’ve done in the kitchen.

Adding DIY open shelving in a small kitchen for extra storage. | Chatfield Court

Open Shelving in the Kitchen

Painting old casement windows in a kitchen and dining room black to add french farmhouse style. | Chatfield Court

Painted Black Window Frames

 

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If you’ve been following along the last several weeks, then you know I’ve been working on my combination kitchen and dining area. I recently finished the dining area and shared it, here, but the kitchen still isn’t done. We didn’t do a lot of work in here besides adding the reclaimed wood shelves and painting the walls, but the kitchen lighting definitely needed to be addressed.

No room for pendant lighting in your small kitchen? Here are 8 flush mount kitchen lighting fixture ideas that will add that farmhouse style to your space. | Chatfield Court

We have 3 can lights and one ceiling light in this space. The can lights are fine but the ugly florescent ceiling light definitely need an upgrade. This was a project we were going to tackle during the kitchen remodel, but the dislike of the light was too great. It had to go.  We weren’t sure what we would find underneath but, once it was down, there was no way it was going back up.

Farmhouse Kitchen Lighting | Chatfield CourtI cleaned the ceiling where the old light was and, after checking all of the wiring, we filled in the holes and patched them up. It’s hard to patch a ceiling, especially this big of an area, but it looks so much better than it did. I’m probably the only person who would notice that it’s been patched so I’m trying to release my perfectionist tendencies and let it go.

Oooommmmm…deep breath…

Farmhouse Kitchen Lighting | Chatfield Court

So, the ceiling is fixed and ready for a new, more modern light. Trouble is, I can’t find anything that I like in the perfect size (that’s in the budget). Our ceilings are pretty low so we need a flush mount that is no more than 12 inches high. Not ideal but you can’t change the ceiling height (yes…I have put some thought into doing that 😉 ). 3 light fixtures have been ordered, delivered and returned over the past several weeks…all failures.   

I’ve looked at tons of light fixtures so I thought I’d share some that I considered.

Farmhouse Flush Mount Kitchen Lighting Ideas

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8 flush mount kitchen lighting fixtures ideas that will add that farmhouse style to your space. | Chatfield Court

8 flush mount kitchen lighting fixture ideas that will add farmhouse style to your space. | Chatfield Court

I’m waiting on my fourth light fixture to be delivered. Let’s hope it’s “the one” so I can move show you the ceiling without a gaping hole in it. 😉 Fingers crossed. 

What do you think about flush mount kitchen lighting? Do you have a favorite out of the 8 fixtures I shared?

As always, thanks for stopping in. Happy weekend!

 

In case you missed it, here is the finished dining area that is part of the unfinished kitchen.

How we turned our small dining area into a welcoming dining room with paint and rustic farmhouse touches. | Chatfield Court

 Our Small Dining Area is Done and Ready for Guests

 

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Hello and happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Our Mediterranean cruise is ending today and we’ll be flying back home this afternoon, which means it’s back to business tomorrow. Boo! I love to travel but the first few days back home are always the worst. No pity party for me though because we are so lucky that we were able to take this trip of a lifetime and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Let’s get right back into DIY mode with an easy and inexpensive lamp makeover I did on my green lamp. We used it in the blue guest room in our house in Illinois and I loved how it looked with the turquoise painted walls, but I was ready for a change.

An easy and inexpensive lamp makeover using spray paint and water and vinegar to give it an aged, golden mercury glass look.I bought the lamp at HomeGoods a few years ago and picked it out because of the color, but it just didn’t fit into the style that I was going for in the guest bedroom in the new house.

An easy lamp makeover using spray paint and water and vinegar to give it an aged, golden mercury glass look.I was going for a lighter look in this room with blues and whites and I wanted the lamp to be an accessory, not the center of attention. I considered buying a new one but ceramic lamps are pricey and I really liked the shape, so I decided to give it a little makeover.

An easy and inexpensive lamp makeover using spray paint and water and vinegar to give it an aged mercury glass look.

I thought about going white but I wanted it to be a little different so I went for an aged mercury glass look, with a gold tone. I’ve done it the mercury glass look before, when I made a mason jar lamp for my new kitchen in our Illinois house, so I knew that I loved the look. What I didn’t know, though, was how well I would be able to cover the shiny green surface of the lamp.

There was only one way to find out…I just had to go for it.

Supplies

  • lamp
  • Rustoleum Mirror Effect spray paint
  • Rustoleum Gold Metallic spray paint
  • Rustoleum Dark Copper Metallic spray paint
  • water and vinegar solution in spray bottle (1 part water to 1 part vinegar)
  • damp towel (to blot water/vinegar solution)
  • painter’s  tape

Love this easy and inexpensive lamp makeover using spray paint and water and vinegar to give it an aged mercury glass look.

With the lamp cleaned up with a damp towel and the cord and socket all taped up with painter’s tape, I started my lamp makeover by spraying a light coat of Rustoleum gold metallic spray paint on the lamp. The paint dried very quickly so, after a few minutes, I added 2 more light coats until the green disappeared.

Love this easy and inexpensive lamp makeover using spray paint to give it an aged mercury glass look.

Next, I tried out the Rustoleum Mirror Effect spray paint and the water and vinegar solution. First, I lightly spritzed some of the water and vinegar solution on the lamp, you want it to bead up and not run down the lamp.

Love this easy DIY lamp makeover using spray paint to give it an aged mercury glass look.Then I sprayed a light coat of the Mirror Effect spray paint right over the water and vinegar solution. I let the paint set up for about 30 seconds and used the damp paper towel to dab off the water drops.

Once I dabbed all of water off, I lightly (very lightly) sprayed a little bit of the Rustoleum Dark Copper Metallic spray paint, just to add a hint of color and texture. See how the water and vinegar solution gives it the aged look?

Wow! Love this easy DIY lamp makeover using spray paint to give it an aged mercury glass look.

After it was dry, I added a burlap shade and put it back in the room. I’ve been adding a lot of gold touches around the house and I wanted to have some in this room, so that’s why I went with the gold metallic paint. I could add more Mirror Effect spray if I wanted more of a silver look, but I really love the aged gold tone.

Wow! Love this easy DIY lamp makeover using spray paint to give it a whole new look. So I guess I would call this look “aged mercury glass with a gold tone”.

An easy DIY lamp makeover using spray paint to give it a whole new look.Sometimes you never know with these kinds of experiments, but I love how it turned out. I think it adds a bit of warmth to this corner of the room.

An easy and inexpensive lamp makeover using spray paint to give it a whole new look.An inexpensive DIY ceramic lamp makeover using spray paint to give it a whole new look.Have you ever changed the look of a lamp using paint?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a great week, my friends!


Speaking of paint…I painted a couple of mason jars with chalk paint and made little planters out of them for my kitchen window.

An easy DIY project painting mason jars with chalk paint and turning them into planters for your kitchen window.

Chalk Paint Mason Jar Planters

One of my favorite projects was the mason jar lamp that I made for my newly remodeled kitchen.

Turning an old mason jar into a beautiful lamp with an aged mercury glass look.

Mason Jar Lamp 

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It’s an exciting day at Chatfield Court. We’re only one project away from finishing the kitchen renovation…woohoo! Lately, I’ve been feeling like it would never be done but we finally got our act together and tackled the last of the big jobs, the recessed lighting.

Adding recessed lighting to a formerly small and dark galley kitchen. | chatfieldcourt.com

We’ve been living without proper lighting in the kitchen for over a year so finally having it all in, and working, is a huge deal. There was only one, lonely hanging light in this space when we started the renovation and it always seemed dark, especially with the dark wood cabinets.

Adding recessed lighting to a dark galley kitchen. | chatfieldcourt.com

When we put the plank ceiling up (you can read about that here), I thought about covering the light hole and only using recessed lighting but, at the last minute, we decided to keep it.

Adding recessed lighting to a small, dark galley kitchen. | chatfieldcourt.com

If you’ve been following along on our renovation journey, then you know that I tried several lights here before I found a winner.

Adding recessed lighting to a small, dark kitchen. | chatfieldcourt.com

Nope…

How we added recessed lighting to a small, dark kitchen. | chatfieldcourt.com

No quite right…

Adding a pendant and recessed lighting to a small, dark kitchen. | chatfieldcourt.com

The winner!!!

With the ceiling done, the pendant light up and everything else nearing completion, it was time to think about the recessed lighting, the project that the hubs has been dreading most. It wasn’t the messy install he was dreading but the trip up in the attic to make all the connections. It had to be done though and, since he’s the electrical genius of the family, this was all him.

How we added LED recessed lighting to a small, dark kitchen. | chatfieldcourt.com

The one very important step we took when we planked the ceiling was to document where all the beams were so that, when it came time to install the lights, we would know where we could put them. This really saved us a lot of aggravation.

Another thing we did, before we cut one hole in the ceiling, was to put copied pictures of the lights up on the ceiling to see where we wanted the final placement. Strange? Maybe, but it was a huge help.

Adding LED recessed lighting to a small, dark kitchen. | chatfieldcourt.com

Don’t they look real? The hubs wanted to keep these but we needed real light and, well…paper lights don’t actually light up (believe it or not).

kitchen recessed lights 4aAdding a pendant and LED recessed lighting to a formerly small, dark kitchen. | chatfieldcourt.comAdding a pendant and LED recessed lighting to a formerly small and dark galley kitchen. | chatfieldcourt.com

We installed 5 LED lights, 4 in the stove/sink area and 1 by the back door.

Do you see that beautiful cabinet door? We needed to have 3 custom-made and they just arrived. Guess who will be priming and painting this weekend?

Adding LED recessed lighting to a formerly small and dark galley kitchen. | chatfieldcourt.com

The hubs also installed a dimmer switch for the recessed lights, the pendant light has a separate switch on another wall. He wasn’t thrilled about chiseling the wall but you know what they say? “Happy wife…” . We are both loving the dimmer though.

Adding LED recessed lighting and a dimmer switch to a formerly small and dark galley kitchen. | chatfieldcourt.com

Three more cabinet doors to paint and install and we are done! The big reveal is almost here. Can you tell I’m excited?

 

Some of our other kitchen renovation projects…

Getting rid of the stainless steel sink and installing a beautiful white farmhouse sink in our new kitchen. | chatfieldcourt.com

New Kitchen Sink

Tutorial on how we installed new granite kitchen countertops all on our own and saved thousands. | chatfieldcourt.com

DIY Granite Kitchen Countertop Installation

 

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