Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What I’m Lovin’ Wednesday: New Fixtures {DIY}

Last week I revealed our "new" kitchen and on Monday I gave y’all the DIY for how to paint cabinets and install new hardware.  I love the new look, but to be honest it wasn’t complete without the accessories.  You know what I’m talking about ladies: when you’re getting ready for work or the day, your outfit just isn’t complete without your ear bobs and cute shoes; it just isn’t!  Well I felt the same way: the kitchen needed ear bobs!
We live in a pretty old house (for Houston anyways)….built in the 50’s…and trying to replace lights and plumbing with products that were made in 2013 was a NIGHTMARE!  Things have changed so much in 60+ years that nothing was compatible, seriously N-O-T-H-I-N-G!  We ended up having to replace plumbing and electrical wiring that we definitely did not plan for (or even really knew existed to be honest).  In fact, we hadn’t even planned on replacing the light in the center of the kitchen.  I didn’t like the original kitchen light, but I could live with it.  There was a similar light in the bathroom that I thought would be better in the kitchen.  Our plan was to switch them, since they were the same style/size and we thought that would be an easy switch.  WRONG!  In the switching process we accidentally broke one WOMP WOMP so I guess it was time to get a new light (This I was okay with because I wanted a new one in the first place & was just trying to be conservative with funds, so a new light was fine).  However, getting a new light meant replacing the electrical work in the ceiling…… keep in mind we are not trained in anything even related to electricity.  Praise the Lord for YouTube videos!Collage- 12
We ended up having to put in a new electrical box in the ceiling, and to cover up some of the damage from time we purchased a ceiling medallion.  Since the light was broken we purchased a new light as well, and chose this Edison light. The Edison-styled light bulb that comes with the fixture has a yellow tint (like really yellow) so we ordered a white light from Amazon.comDSC_0096-2
Over the kitchen sink I wanted some kind of hanging light, but I guess I forgot that my husband was 6’7 or something?!?!?!  He would continually hit his head on that, and if I wanted his help with the dishes ever, I probably shouldn’t get anything hanging.  When we were looking for lights, I couldn’t find anything so the Mr. snuck off to look for something else, but he came back to get me because he found something he thought might work and that I would like.  I sure do love how well that man knows me!  I loved his light fixture choice for over the sink!  It came with halogen lights, which were QUICKLY replaced with LED lights because they got so hot!  In TX I’m supposed to sweat outside, but I will NOT sweat in the kitchen if I don’t have to.Collage- 13

Both of our new light fixtures (it was hard to get them both in the same visual field with my smaller lens  and I was too lazy to switch them lol)
The last thing to tackle was the new faucet.  It took us a few days to make our decision, but we finally decided on the Moen Wetherly faucet.  I loved the look & thought it would compliment the vibe I was going for in the kitchen really well (it also had great reviews and I know the Mr. loves to check those out).  The faucet would have been VERY easy to install in a new home….it would probably take you about 10-15 minutes……..It took us 4 hours, several trips to Lowe's and Home Depot, & talking to plumbers to get the converters we needed for our ancient plumbing system.  This cost us a little more than we anticipated (only about $15) but it wasn’t that bad and we’re really happy about the finished product…..but I would have loved for this to have taken less time with less stress.Collage- 14

What do y’all think?
Do you like our kitchen’s “ear bobs”?DSC_0103-2
DSC_0118-2DSC_0119-2Happy Wednesday y’all!
xoxo Darby


Lauren said...

First, I keep reading bobs as boobs, which is just weird. I think I need more coffee!

Second, I love it all, especially the Edison bulb! So non-traditional but not too funky. Great choices!

Anonymous said...

LOVE how this turned out! Especially the lights over the sink! YOu guys did a great job and your kitchen looks amazing :)

Crystal said...

Love how they turned out! They totally changed the look of the room (although it looked fabulous already!) Makes me realize I need new light fixtures, also! haha :) Have a great day!

Joy said...

I love the new accessories in the beautifully remodeled kitchen. You've got GREAT taste Mrs. Hawley! And Roo just wanted to help or maybe he was supervising... regardless he's precious!

Jessica K said...

Love the Edison light. And the assistant to the plumber...

Y'all did an amazing job! Making it look to easy...

henning love said...

oooh i love your selection of lightening darby! great choices and seeing that bouquet in the mason jar at the end of the post is making me go buy flowers today

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