Kitchen Light Fixture Installation

As I have pointed out in the past, as an amateur DIY’er, even the simplest project has these little unknown difficulties that pop up. Interestingly enough, the more difficult the project, the more rewarding it is when it’s done! So while my latest project of replacing the kitchen light had a lot of little things pop up, I am very pleased with the finished product.

The old light in our kitchen was one of those (in my opinion) hideous fluorescent light fixtures. My wife and I decided that a new set of lighting in the kitchen would help improve the space. Now begins the colorful journey!

The old (and intolerable) fluorescent light set.

So…the easy part first. Taking off the cover and taking out the bulbs was a piece of cake. Took no longer than a couple minutes. Next, I had to unscrew the connections and take down the frame(?). This was a little tougher and I needed some help from my wife. Nonetheless, the light came down easily. But…

…A few unfortunate surprises. The mounting screws left holes on either side of the cord entry, behind the mount was not painted during a remodel, and the cords were pulled through a small whole in the ceiling. 😦

A less than ideal situation for hanging a new light…

So this means that 1) I have to plug the holes in the ceiling 2) Paint the ceiling, and (the BIG ONE) 3) I have to create a bigger hole, and install an “old work” ceiling box.

The surprisingly easily installed old work ceiling box.

Plugging the holes in the ceiling was easy enough. I just got some putty and a little mesh to help hold the putty in place. I let it dry and sanded it down. Installing the box was a little more complicated. First I had to cut a new hole in the ceiling with a hand saw (being careful not to cut into any studs), and then I had to install the box. After that was done, installing the actual light was simple enough. After it was up, because of a busy couple weeks, I didn’t get around to the second round of sanding and painting until later. But better late than never.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the end product! This being one of the more complicated projects I have done, I am happy to have added a few DIY skills in my skill set. Well, that was my latest journey in DIY’ing. Until next time…

Quick Project…Floating Shelves!

Our living room is nice, with nice pieces of furniture, but we have a large unoccupied wall space. So my wife and I decided to hang up some floating shelves.

Floating shelf materials. I think the company forgot to ship the set of screws they said came with it, so I used my 3 inch construction screws that I used to put in the pegboard.

The process was fairly simple:

  • Find the wall studs
  • Level the brackets and screw the holders into the studs
  • Slide in the wood slats
  • Voila!
Floating shelves! With some awesome cheap fake plants we got from Target!

I like little projects like this because it is a project that can take 20 minutes to install, but add a lot to the room (kind of like my pegboard project seen below).

One of my first projects…a pegboard on the outside of my kitchen to hold some pots, pans, and utensils that were clogging up the cabinets.

Plus they look great with the new chandelier and some fake plants from Target that we couldn’t resist buying.

Do you have floating shelves in your space? What do you use them for? until next time…

New Chandelier (and why I do little projects like this)

As I learn more and more about money, one of the essentials always comes back to the forefront. The idea of an asset as opposed to a liability. I just put up a new chandelier in my living room. Projects like these are always a mixture of excitement, disappointment, and eventually great satisfaction. As with any new project, the first time is hard. But not in an oppressive way, just in a matter-of-fact kind of way. Something you learn to absorb as part of the process.

My old chandelier (which I truly hated)…
The new chandelier…which I love!

As with most projects, this seemingly simple task had a lot of little frustrations built in. Nothing major though. And now, next time I want to change a chandelier, I will know exactly what to do and what not to do.

Whenever I spend money I ask myself if the purchase is going to provide any returns or if it will end up taking money from me in the long run. Something like putting up a new chandelier can be a little change that could increase the resale value of my home. So I go for it!

I look forward to doing a lot more little projects like this because, as I said before, the process is very satisfying.

The next time you make a purchase, ask yourself, “is this a liability or an asset?”, and in no time making intelligent purchases will come as second nature. Until next time…