Welcome to Kitchen Base Camp Charlie. It is starting to really look like something now! The cabinets were not installed by me, so I can’t take any credit there. I did install the lovely plywood countertops though. The real countertop guy isn’t going to show up for weeks, so we had to make due.
There was always a light over the sink, but I tied in two more lights under the cabinets that flank the sink so they are all on the same switch. Very bright now!
Similarly I ran wiring so the two lights over the microwave are tied in with the pantry and lights over the stove. Now, with the switch for the stove and the one by the sink you have a considerable amount of kitchen lighting without even going to the main overhead lights. It is a nice place to be with a lot more storage than before. I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.
I have made the first salvo in the kitchen makeover war. It needs a better name. How about instead of the war of the roses it could be the war of the spatulas? Any who, instead of leaving everything for the two weeks or so I will be doing our kitchen renovation, I am tackling small jobs that are easy and won’t involve a lot of backtracking. For example, some of the lights can be installed now and left in place throughout the renovation.
First, what did I have to start with? A fluorescent tube set over the sink, a hanging light trifecta over the stove, and on the ceiling, a spot light array. I did the one on the ceiling a few years back, and the one over the stove when I first moved in. The stove one looks nice, but doesn’t provide the best lighting. The ceiling one is bright, but kind of harsh and the color temp isn’t great.
For above the sink I went with an under-cabinet LED light. I want to put lights under the cabinets to the left and right of the sink. I figured using the same light over the sink and under the cabinets would tie together well. I found some with a good color temp and really high CRI. I installed one as a test. I love it and bought the rest of what I will need! There is going to be a second one under the window, and one under each cabinet all connected to the same switch after the cabinets get installed.
I went with a matching set of lights for the ceiling and over the stove. They are the same style from the same company with 4 lights over the stove and 6 on the ceiling. Frosted spot lights directed most of the shine downwards over the stove, while regular bulbs were used in the ceiling. The modern “daylight” LED bulbs are amazing!
The kitchen is already nicer to work in. Next will be an early appliance delivery. After that, I am out of things to do before starting a full kitchen destruction in ernest.