• New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs

    by  • December 21, 2012 • House Projects & Updates

    I found this awesome pendant at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $2…TWO DOLLARS! I thought it was the perfect simple pendant to fit our vintage style design plan.

    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs

    With that purchase, we could finally address the dangling wire situation we had going on.

    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs

    I mentioned in this post that we decided to rebuild a very small, non-swirly, non-encroaching header after discovering that the hole for the pendant was very off-center and the ceiling didn’t have the same popcorn texture as the rest of the kitchen.

    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs

    Luckily, we were able to reuse the wood piece from the front of the old header to cut down for our new one.

    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs

    Time to install my beautiful new pendant! All that the new fixture needed was a ceiling plate. I picked one up from Lowe’s for a few dollars and spray painted it black to match the cord. I let Phil figure out the wiring, and then we built the wood around it like a little box. (Don’t mind the suspicious clumps on the window trim – that’s insulation that was falling from the hole in the ceiling.)

    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs
    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs

    We reinstalled the crown molding across the top and I was ecstatic to see it all coming back together. That is, until I realized one fatal flaw. I forgot to slip the ceiling bracket over the wire before we completely boxed it in…

    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs

    There was no way we were about to take the whole thing back down. Phil came up with the best lazy solution – a jig saw.

    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs

    Hey, it worked! We still need to do some caulking, add trim to the cabinets, and paint them before we can call this look complete, but I am loving how it is coming together!

    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs
    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs
    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs

    Did you notice the other additions to the room? My rugs came! I picked out this indoor/outdoor rug from Overstock for the sink area. I love the graphic pattern.

    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs

    Once our lower cabinets are painted a putty color, I think it will pair really well with the cabinets and the black from the stove. I think it was a great decision to pick an indoor/outdoor rug for the cooking area. Not only was it extremely inexpensive ($34!), but it cleans up like magic. I’ve already spilled tea and dark soda on it and they just completely erased with a damp towel.

    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs

    I also got my rug for under the table! And I got it for an amazing 75% off from Rugs USA here during their Cyber Monday sales. I think it brings a great texture to the room and really sets the table off. Which I can’t wait to refinish. Along with painting the chairs a light aqua. Baby steps!

    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs

    The tassels were what sold me on it. Mm.

    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs

    Jaida approves too.

    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs

    I am pretty proud to say that with the deals I found, all three of these new purchases came in at $100! What do you think of the look so far?

    New Kitchen Pendant & Rugs

    I have a Christmas tour coming, I promise, but first I have to mention that I entered a mantel decorating contest by the great Emily Henderson! The winner gets an amazing vintage brass trunk. You can read about the contest here and vote for me here if you’d like!

    Christmas Mantel

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