Remember back when I told you finally decided on the lights for the kitchen? If not, that’s okay. It was awhile ago. We chose the Ranarp pendant lights from Ikea. Here’s the post about it.
We really liked the black and white cloth-covered cord and the metal details. Made it feel a little nicer and gives it more character. Even though we know it’s from Ikea. And now all of you know it’s from Ikea, too. 🙂
You’ll also notice the color description says off-white, but it matches really well with all the other white we have in the kitchen, so I’d say it’s more like an actual white. Just not a bright white.
On Saturday, Wyatt decided we could go ahead and hang the light over the sink, even though we weren’t ready to hang the ones over the dining room table. The one over the sink was a basic light hanging project since we had already installed the necessary box in the ceiling. The first step was trimming the wiring down to a more manageable size. Wyatt had left plenty of extra when he replaced the can light with the junction box.
For the dining room table, Wyatt will have to go up in the attic and cut new holes and add more wiring to the circuit. So that will be a little more involved. Not hard, but more than he wanted to tackle when the attic is really cold while the snow fell all weekend.
So, he got to work hanging the light kit.
The instructions are always fun. Whoever thought it was a great idea to make instructions with no words, I’d like to meet them and tell them they got the idea all wrong. Wyatt didn’t have any trouble though.
Until he realized the metal plate that came with the light was too large to fit under the ceiling cover thing.
We were pretty bummed for a bit, but then he decided he could go to the garage and grind down the edge a little bit until it fit. A few minutes later and we were back in business.
He also applied a thin bead of caulk before he attached the cover to give it a perfectly clean white edge.
Then, it was back the basics of following the instructions and installed the light by connecting the wire and threading them through the tube. For more information on switching out a light fixture. You can see this post or this one. Or leave a comment and Wyatt can answer your questions.
He had a little trouble threading the fabric cord through the hole in the ceiling cover.
And then it was time to attach everything to the ceiling.
Since it was a pendant, we had to decide how high to hang it. We decided to center it between the top and middle shelves.
He was careful to clean his smudgy fingerprints off the white so I wouldn’t complain later. He knows me well.
Finally, we were all done. The cord needs to straighten out a little, but I think it will relax as it hangs there. It already looks even better than this.
I tried a couple different light bulbs and ended up selecting one of the curly bulbs because it was the most white light. The yellow bulb contrasted too much with our LED can lights that are a bright white. I raved about them in this post.
See the difference in the light looking a little more yellow on the left hand image and white on the right? (Okay, maybe not, but you can tell in person.)
It’s been a really long time since we had a light over the sink and I forgot how nice it is to have that task lighting.
Plus, it’s pretty.
What did you do this weekend? We had snow all day Saturday so we didn’t do too much but it’s mostly melted by now.