Thrilled with new chandelier & kitchen lights

violetwestJanuary 19, 2014

In honor of my one-year homeowner anniversary, I had my standard builder dining room chandelier, which was too high, too bright and rarely used, switched out for something a little more stylish. Especially since my living area is so open -- that chandelier is in the center of it all. And on a dimmer! So now I can actually use it without being blinded by glare from my food, lol!

This is the Audrina chandelier from Pottery Barn (was on sale, too!0. The finish is a rusty bronze, and it has clear, unfaceted drops. Just enough sparkle, imo.

While I was at it, I had the electrician hardwire 3 LED light strips under my kitchen cabinets. Totally blew that dark corner away, but probably more light than I need -- could have gotten away with two strips. Ah, well.

This post was edited by Violet.West on Sun, Jan 19, 14 at 0:42

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kswl2

It's darling, Violet, and happy anniversary!!

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 7:12AM
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pugga

Very pretty!

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 7:29AM
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springroz

Very cute! You can change it up whenever you want with little shades. They have a LOT at Ballard Designs.

Nancy

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 7:52AM
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Holly- Kay

Love it Violet! It adds a nice sparkle. Happy first anniversary to you.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 9:08AM
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violetwest

been playing with the dimmer all day!

up. down. up. down.

:)

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 10:06AM
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sheilaaus122

I think that looks GREAT! It's so graceful and elegant and has that little bit of bling.. Perfect. Enjoy it (and enjoy play time up . down...)

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 3:37PM
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happyintexas

Love the chandy. I laughed out loud over playing with the dimmer...did the same when we put our dimmer switch in.

And under cab lighting! I heart under cabinet lighting. I do not see how other people live without it. Enjoy!

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 6:51PM
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michoumonster

Love your chandy! It is so cute and just the right amount of bling!

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 6:55PM
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marti8a

I love it! Just the right amount of crystal on it too.

Tell me how your electrican put lights on your existing cabinets?

    Bookmark   January 20, 2014 at 11:42AM
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violetwest

Thanks guys - am happy with the new chandelier - it looks like it was always there!

"Tell me how your electrican put lights on your existing cabinets?"

He hardwired them(LED light strips) to the existing outlets, using a wire from the light to the outlet. The strips themselves have on/off switches. The wires are tucked up alongside the underneath of the cabinet, and are not visible unless you look. Do you need a pic?

I thought that there was enough of a lip on the front of the cabinets to hide the fixtures, which are pretty slim. Not so much, but I don't think it's a huge problem.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2014 at 1:36PM
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