New Kitchen Ceiling Light

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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  1. Brenda Florida
    Monday,May 1, 2017 / 8:44 am

    Perfect! Short and sweet.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 2, 2017 / 2:41 am

      Thanks so much Brenda, I appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kaycee
    Monday,May 1, 2017 / 8:57 am

    Kristi, The light fixtures you chose are perfect together, and I really like how the new kitchen light globe is clear glass! I agree with you, those fantastic black windows are the star and focus of the room and the light fixture truly enhances those gorgeous windows! Your kitchen transformation is beautiful.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 2, 2017 / 3:16 am

      Thanks so much for your kind words Kaycee. It’s not the light fixture I had pictured hanging there when I was doing this project but I think it works. I’m just glad I don’t have to think about new light fixtures for a while. There isn’t one in the living room. LOL

      Hope you have a great week!

  3. Sherry Darlington
    Monday,May 1, 2017 / 9:04 am

    It is spectacular! All of it! One more inexpensive fix would be new hardware on the cabinets. We replaced ours & it made a huge difference!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 2, 2017 / 3:18 am

      Thanks so much Sherry! New hardware is a great idea for an inexpensive fix. I will probably wait until we replace the cabinets, but I appreciate the suggestion. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Pat M
    Monday,May 1, 2017 / 9:52 am

    A great ending to a budget-conscious upgrade. You’ve done such a good job showing how you made a big difference in your kitchen and dining room without breaking the bank. Most of us need that since we don’t have unlimited funds. Looking forward to what your do next.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 2, 2017 / 3:22 am

      Thanks so much Pat, I appreciate your sweet comment. It can be a pain to shop for the best bargains but, when you want a nice room and you’re on a budget, you do what you have to do. ๐Ÿ™‚ On to the next space! Thanks for following along. Happy week!

  5. Debbie H
    Monday,May 1, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Kristi, this is perfect. Especially the clear glass.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 2, 2017 / 3:25 am

      Thanks so much Debbie, I appreciate it. Hope you have a great week my friend!

  6. Monday,May 1, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    Great fixture, great bulb!! Fabulous details….

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 2, 2017 / 3:31 am

      Thanks so much Kim. I’m happy with it, considering our size constraints. Ah the joys of owning a small, older home. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. jillian
    Monday,May 1, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    Awesome! that is the style I liked in the original post, but better in the clear glass and black. Really pretty room, it looks so nice and put together.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 2, 2017 / 3:33 am

      Thanks so much, Jillian! I remember that that one was your favorite. The height of the ceilings really dictated my decision but I’m thrilled with the choice we made.

  8. Pat DonBrosky
    Monday,May 1, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    Perfect! Just the right shape, size and finish.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 2, 2017 / 3:35 am

      Thanks Pat! It was a tough go getting the right size, shape and finish but we got there in the end. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hope you have a great week!

  9. Tuesday,May 2, 2017 / 8:49 am

    The light is a beautiful enhancement to your kitchen, Kristi. Very classy, and I totally agree that the focus is the window. I wouldn’t feel badly about spending more than you wanted to pay when the outcome is so perfect. Well done. xo

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 3, 2017 / 2:29 am

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Nancy. I love to decorate but picking lighting has always been tough for me. I think that budget is a big reason why but the reality is that there is a budget (there’s always a budget ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I guess I should look at it as a fun challenge and not as a task I dread.

      Thanks for stopping in, my friend. You’re thoughtful comments always make me smile.

  10. Ivory
    Wednesday,May 3, 2017 / 12:31 am

    What a fab light fixture. I love it

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 3, 2017 / 2:29 am

      Thank you Ivory! I appreciate your visit and your comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Wednesday,May 3, 2017 / 6:41 am

    I totally understand the lighting struggle. We have two of those fluorescent beauties in our kitchen and we’ve been putting off changing them.

    The fixture you chose is perfect. It makes a statement without overwhelming the space.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,May 4, 2017 / 3:40 am

      Thanks Lisa, I appreciate it. Removing those fluorescent lights is such a daunting task. You just never know what you’re going to find underneath. Luckily ours wasn’t too bad but we’ve had some that were way ugly and beyond (easy) repair. Hope you have good luck when you change yours.

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

  12. Wednesday,May 3, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Your kitchen is gorgeous and I love that light!! I wish my husband would say let’s change that ugly old fluorescent light…we did change the old one, but to a newer version and I hate it! Your kitchen and dining room are lovely!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,May 4, 2017 / 3:43 am

      Thanks so much, Susanne.

      Ha, that’s the first and probably the last time he suggests taking a light down, although I did all the work. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was really nervous about what we would find when we took it down but we were lucky that it wasn’t too bad. I’m so glad it’s gone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Monday,May 8, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Great semi-mount fixture. It looks perfect with the style of your kitchen.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 10, 2017 / 6:46 am

      Thanks so much Lisa. Finding the right size was a challenge but I think it’s a good fit. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Tuesday,June 20, 2017 / 9:20 am

    Perfection! Is there a link to where you purchased the fixture or am I missing it?

  15. Rose
    Tuesday,June 27, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    Enjoyed seeing the fruit of your labors. It is so open and fresh-clean looking. When you first did your open shelves in the kitchen, I saved it to Pinterest. I get 6-10 saves a day. WHAT a LOOK.

    My current projects are putting up insulation in the knee wall of my cape cod home and building a rain catchment system.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,June 28, 2017 / 5:33 am

      Thanks so much Rose. And thank you for pinning my kitchen shelves. I always appreciate the traffic. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Sounds like you are keeping busy too. There’s always a project to do, right?

      Happy Wednesday!

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