Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Is Anyone Else Tired of Demo Pics?

Because I sure am.  It seems like this kitchen renovation is moving at glacial pace and it's killing me.  I am a creature of instant gratification and projects that take a normal amount of time to complete, to me, are taking for. ever.  But our counters come tomorrow and I cannot wait!  That post will come on Thursday, so brace yourselves.

In the meantime, J has been working on getting some electrical stuff squared away before the counters arrive so we won't have to deal with too much mess.  Enter today's project: pendant lights.

Our new bar top is going to look something like this in shape:

So we need some nice pendant lighting to go over it.  Unfortunately because the bar was originally squared off, the track lighting as installed by the previous owners sits too far back on the bar.  And in case you need a real life mock up of the bar, here you go:
For the life of me, I cannot find any pictures of the can lights that are currently in the kitchen.  And naturally, we've already put a big hole in the ceiling, so there won't be any pictures.  Le sigh.

So you'll have to just picture it in your head until the project is complete and I can photoshop you the old layout.  But directly above this bar is the electric for the track lighting.  About 2 feet to the left, are two can lights.  

If we left the track lighting where it was, it would not be centered over the bar.  And if we move the electric to center it, it would be too close to the can lights.  So what choice did we have but to remove the can lights and shift the electric from the track lights?  I am nothing if not difficult when J presents options like this--without fail I'll pick the one that requires the most work.  But like he always says, it's better to do it right the first time.  Right honey?

Come Sunday evening after I got home from my mini trip, we decide the course of action and J got to work:

 That circle to the right of the hole is from the track lighting...

This is a shot facing the bar, so you can see where the two can lights used to be.  And that metal bar running through the middle? Not quite sure why they put that there, but basically it's secured to the joists and possibly used for reinforcement?

As I type, J is working on moving the electric and getting everything set so we can get rid of the hole in the ceiling.  So I get the pleasure of looking online for some pendant lights!  The color will be dependent on the the counters and the backsplash, but I'm loving the look of clear glass lights:

Or these disk pendants:

Or even these:

There are so many options so J and I will be hitting the lighting stores very soon!  And that should do it for demo posts this week...I'll give you all a break until next week!  In the meantime, I've got some crafts planned and a nice little Valentine's Day Wish List.


{av} | {long distance loving} said...

my husband and I weren't brave enough to tackle renovation, so we're resorting to building our own...I love all the decisions you're making so far! best of luck on the process! :) xoxo {av}

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