Thursday, October 15, 2015

Friday Faves...New Lights

All of the new lighting in our new to us home has been installed!
In the before photo below, on the right is the wall you are looking at in the photo above.
This room was originally designed to be a family room off of the kitchen.
We chose to use it as an open kitchen/dining room space.  
This weekend the gas fireplace is being removed and it will be installed on the opposite side of the same wall,
 and the mantel will be getting some updates too!
That room was designed to be a formal living room/dining room combo,
 but we are using it as one large living space.
New hardwood flooring will be installed in the kitchen, dining room, living room, entry and hallway,
but the fireplace switcheroo has to be completed first.
Because this room was a family room, there were no overhead lights except one can light near the fireplace,
 (they assumed people prefer lamp light), 
and the vaulted ceiling wasn't ideal for putting an overhead light  in.
The solution, these new wall sconces that I LOVE!
We choice a simple light for in the bay window nook.
This is where a round table was intended to go if the adjacent room was used as a family room.
We will be using it as a little morning coffee sitting area with two comfy chairs and a small table.
I considered a built in window seat, but wondered if we'd actually sit on one.
What do you think?
Here is the light that was in the nook when we moved in! 
Not only was it unattractive, but it hung so low it was a safety hazard just to walk by it!
We've got new updated lights in the bathrooms as well, 
which I hope to show you once I've got some other changes done.

I can't wait until the hardwood flooring it done!
And yes, I've got some decisions to make about how I'm going to update those oak cabinets.
Maybe if I wait long enough oak will make a comeback like brass accessories and accents have!

Well, it's almost Friday, friends.
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a SAFE and BLESSED weekend.


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  1. I have so much oak in my house - every cabinet in the kitchen and bathroom...all the doors...all the trim. Maybe if I just tell myself it's the next new thing...

  2. Loving the changes. Can't wait to see more!

    1. I can't wait you to see my new place in person!

  3. After ten years, last year we painted the oak cabinets in two of our bathrooms using Annie Sloan paints--a little on the expensive side but so worth it--no sanding--no preparation--a year later the cabinets are in great shape--I distressed some of the edges after painting and they look wonderful--I used her white which is an off white--Annie has a clear wax and a dark wax for putting on afterwards--I would mix the two maybe with a little more clear and test it on an inside door --before going all out--Annie Sloan paints are incredible! My bill will be in the mail--lol

  4. If you consider using Annie Sloan, take a look at these colors--Paris Grey, French Linen, Duck Egg Blue, Old White, graphite--I painted a kitchen table Graphite which is gorgeous! And painted my dining room table old white--luscious--painted a buffet duck egg blue which turned out beautiful--haven't used paris grey or french linen but have googled them and saw some beautiful pieces--

    1. I used Annie Sloan's Paris Grey on the armoire in our bedroom. I'm leaning towards using it on the bathroom cabinets, but I'm going to price having the kitchen cabinets sanded and stained in a light driftwood type stain. It may be out of our price range to do so.

  5. You would not like my house at all. Everything is oak. I love my oak furniture for one does not show the dust like dark wood does.

    I was thinking about your little nook. I think making it into a reading area with two chairs and a table would be wonderful. I think it would be cozier and more welcoming then a bench. Let me know what you decide.


    1. That's what my daughter and husband think about the nook as well. I kind of want the window seat, but I think you may be right.

  6. I like very much what you're doing!! The sconces are very nice indeed! Isn't it amazing what you can do with lighting?!


    1. Thanks, Sharon, I like them, too. I'm so THANKFUL for the volunteers from our church, like the electrician, who helped install them!


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