DIY | Overhead Kitchen Lighting


Tyler and I have replaced just about every light fixture in our house. The office lightdining room chandelier, surveyor’s tripod floor lamp, and living room chandelier. Well, everything but the most hideous kitchen light you've ever seen. I hated it from the moment we first looked at the house, but 2.5 years later, there it remained. We've been throwing around the idea of installing recessed lighting in the kitchen for months now, but we can't decide if it's actually worth the time and money. So in the meantime, there the infamous light remained.

A few weeks ago, I finally decided enough was enough. Tyler is a DIY lighting pro these days, so why not design something inexpensive - even if it was semi-permanent. Anything had to be better than this...




Here's a photo from WAY back in the day...


We were already ordering several lamp parts from our go-to supplier, Grand Brass, so we decided to throw in a few extra pieces and parts to see what we could come up with. I've thrown around hundreds of ideas for this particular light, but at the end of the day, we decided to keep it bare-bones basic. My only requirement? MORE BRASS. Man, I can't get enough of brass light fixtures.

You know what? Sometimes the most simple designs turn out to have the most impact. Just look at this beauty!




Clean and simple. Just the way I like it.



And just look how nicely it flows with our dining room chandelier. It's like the lights were meant for the space.


Will this be our forever light? Who knows. For now, I couldn't be happier with the update. It's amazing how quickly a new light fixture can transform a space!