I’m such a firm believer that lighting makes a big difference in a home. Did any of you inherit one of these lovelies in your kitchen? I’ve been eyeballing this thing for 3 years with plans of one day getting rid of the white box. Hate these things! I guess the only thing they are good for is they do put out a lot of light, but they sure are unattractive. I had my eye on one of those pretty track lights with adjustable spotlights. I think they are pretty neat.
So, when I found a deal last week at Lowes, I jumped on it. I had to be a bulldog about it, but I got the deal. I was in one Lowes store and saw these on clearance for $69.50. Of course, they had no more, only the display model was up there. He looked on the computer and saw that another store not far away had a couple in their stock, so he gave me the phone number to call. I did call on my way out of the store and the other store told me that they are not obligated to match a clearance price from another store. I couldn’t believe that policy! He told me I could come by and check it out and to at least ask, but didn’t give me much hopes of getting the clearance price. Regular price was $150.00, way more than I wanted to pay. So after checking in at the store and asking again about matching the clearance price, at first I was told no by the department manager. I insisted on talking with another manager behind the Customer Service counter. He asked me what I was looking at, so I went and showed it to him. He brought it back up to the counter and checked in his computer and told me HE COULD MATCH THE PRICE! Yippee! I was pretty excited.
So, I took it home and proceeded to install it the next day. Wherein my hubby came in to help me hold it up as I was trying to put the screws in and I’ll just go ahead and tell you that I dropped the teeny tiny screw 4 times and the 4th time it went down the heat vent. See, my projects don’t all go perfectly smooth, so you can feel better about your own now. Hubby shook his head, called me Blonde, and left me to it as I scrambled to find another screw that would fit. I found one, got it installed and I’m a happy girl! The old white box left 2 holes on either side of the main box and I had to caulk them with caulking, but luckily the 2 side mounts covered most of it up, so it’s really not noticeable after I touched it up with white ceiling paint.
It’s an antique brass finish which looks perfectly fine with the hanging chandelier in here that I got at a yardsale. And I love those little swivel heads on it that can be moved all around the kitchen. It’s a bright white light which is great for task lighting.
Hubby’s response to the new tracklight was not all that enthusiastic (he thought the old one was just FINE) and his first question was, how much are those replacement light bulbs going to cost me. Ha! I’ll have to find that out next time I’m in the store. Men and women sure have different ways of looking at things, don’t they?
I then moved on to the master bath and I’m happy to say, that all the light fixtures are now completed, including 2 of these. Aren’t these about the ugliest things you’ve ever seen? We live in a nice 10 year old house, but the fixtures these builders put in leave a lot to be desired. After 3 years, I’ve finally changed them all out, many from yardsales and a few on sale at Lowes, so I did get some great deals. Every single builder’s brass fixture is gone now and none too soon for me.
Ahhh, much better! I had already bought the over the mirror fixture below, so now they all coordinate. These are not overly expensive fixtures (from Home Depot), but work just fine for me. If you’re patient, you can find some good deals out there, just keep your eyes peeled.
And speaking of the kitchen, I have other exciting news. I’m finally getting granite countertops! We’ve currently got tiles in the kitchen and after 3 years, the grout is looking pretty rough. I’ll do a kitchen post soon and we’ll talk about countertops. I want to hear what all of you have too!
Since this is a before and after post, I’m going to participate in Susan’s Met Monday, so go and check out all the other inspiration from her blog today, Naps on the Porch.
Birmingham Girls: Check out the post below about our Saturday flea market adventure next weekend!
I’ve also got another special guest coming by on Wednesday for a fun post, so be sure to stop back by. I think you’ll love this girl!
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I didn’t get the “lightbox” with my house, just plain outdated lighting and not my style. Your solution looks great! Lots of ambiance with spots.
Blue Castle says
I love your new kitchen light! I’m so impressed that you did that yourself. Sounds like our husbands have the same ideology. 🙂
Pattie T. says
It looks BEAUTIFUL! And I am really impressed that you did all of this yourself. What a huge difference it makes.
I guess all husbands are pretty much the same, no matter how butt ugly something is, if it’s functional it’s fine. Functional is the “F” word in our house. 😉
Karen at Nittany Inspirations says
Good job on the transformation. I have all my ceiling lights switched out except the bathroom. I want an exhause fan/light put in so it involves more work. Someone will have to go in the attic run a vent to the outside. Our access panel is so small I’m afraid only a 12 year old kid would fit through. Do you know any 12 year old handymen?
Here I thought I was the only one who had to talk DH into a change. I’m working on a big one, we have sprial stairs in our family room, I want them out so badly, but I can’t get my ‘other half’ to agree to replace them. The previous owners of our house, had foster children and they had to have two ways down from the second floor, so they put in these cheap stairs. I hope I’ll have your luck and get them replaced soon. Your lights look fantastic and make a big difference. Good for you !!!!
Rhoda, I removed my “ugly white box” from my kitchen Saturday! 🙂 Your new one looks great! Sorry about the deleted comments…blogger is not acting nice and posted my comment three times! I’m sure it is not the commentor goofin’ up. LOL
Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says
Love that the brass is gone!! I’m still working on a couple more at our house — they are about 15 feet up so I can’t do it myself. 🙁
Im loving the new lighting! I think new lighting puts a whole new perspective on a room and it is SO OFTEN a piece of the room that is not touched when updating.
I love those blue plaid curtains, too! 🙂
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Laura @ the shorehouse. says
Well, I love that $69.50 fixture! We had a similar light fixture to your original one…but it was WORSE! The previous owners tried to fancy it up by creating a stained glass cover for it! I hate to use this pop culture reference…but talk about trying to put lipstick on a pig! I couldn’t rip it out quick enough. We had to get a ceiling fan, though. I really don’t care for them but we really do need them at the (hot, humid) shore house. I would have preferred something similar to yours. Well done!
Blondie's Journal says
Love the new lights and the fact that you cut a deal AND installed them! And during this your hubby called you the dreaded “B” word? Oh my!
I am putting new countertops in at the lake. After looking at granite and silestone, I decided on quartz and I am really happy. Good luck!
I have to agree. I think lighting in a room is like putting jewelry with an outfit. It finishes it off. Your lighting is beautiful!
Rhoda, I’m so impressed that you did this yourself! I would love to change some of our fixtures, but have never done any electrical before. Did you teach yourself or have some help learning what to do?
I really like the new fixtures. Brass is my favorite.
Lazy Mom Leslie says
Looks fantastic! Great job as usual!
Good for you for sticking with it, persistance usually pays off, or they just get tired of you and let you have your way LOL, I’m glad it worked out, the new light looks great! Like they say Women are from Venus, Men are from Mars…
Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says
Rhoda, congrats on getting the job done…I love a woman that will stand up to a man and get what she wants..Yippee.. you got the deal and a great light in the bargain.. Looking forward to your new countertops..hugs ~lynne~
The 5 Bickies says
Your new lighting looks fantastic. You did such a nice job with the changeout.
Sofia Striffler says
Nice Job and great deals. I am glad you are getting your granite. If I can be of any help let me know I have used alot of granite in my clients homes including mine.
Linda at Lime in the Coconut! says
Great track lights Rhoda!!!
Husbands. Hrrmmph sometimes!!
wow – beautiful new editions!!! I redid the lighting in our barn recently.
Love them! Did you think of checking IKEA?
Is that the master bath that’s blue? Gorgeous! We are currently renting a house and I cannot wait to possibly buy and fix it up my way.