Oh boy. Just writing the title makes me exhausted! When we moved in, I am pretty sure our kitchen wasn’t really used. Maybe as a place to sit, or keep dishes that are never used, but it was NOT used for cooking. At least not good cooking. There is horrible lighting in there. The wanna-be overhead light is bad. Just bad. I didn’t even take a picture of it because it is that embarrassing. I will only post a picture of it when we replace it, just so I have a good “before and after”.
Mr. Fix-It knew that I really wanted some better lights for when I was cooking. I like to cook and bake, but it was getting harder since I couldn’t really see the stove top, or if I was burning the grilled cheeses, or if I grabbed the right spice! (horrifying, I know.) So, he mentioned this past weekend that he could swing by Home Depot to grab some under the cabinet lights to install. Easy.
A one day project turned into two. Here’s the break-down, since it really isn’t that interesting and don’t think you want to read four paragraphs of what we really did.
1) Idea- under cabinet lighting! YAY! (Tina smiling, Matt smiling)
2) Trip- drove to Home Depot to pick up our light (both still smiling… Matt a little less because it was more expensive that we thought.)
3) Installation- Matt stuck the light up there in no time. (Matt smiling, Tina not)
4) Step Back- I think the light is crooked and kind of ugly, as far as under the cabinet lights go. (Matt frowning, Tina frowning)
5) Tear down- Matt takes down the light and puts it back in the package. (Matt frowning, Tina smiling because the ugly light is gone)
6) The Next Day- We decided we want LED lights. Research. Decide on a different light.
7) Shopping Re-Do- another trip to Home Depot, returned ugly lights, purchased new LED lights (Matt smiling, Tina frowning- the lights were more expensive)
8) Installation…. again- Matt starts the project at 6pm. Drilling. Measuring. Deciding. Emptying cabinets. (Matt frowning, Tina smiling)
9) Installation…. still going- 8pm and Matt still drilling holes for wires, etc. Realizes he was trying to drill holes with the drill in the “reverse” setting. True story. (Matt yelling, Tina laughing on the inside)
10) Finished??- 9pm Matt finishes two of the three LED lights. (Matt frowning- he still isn’t finished, Tina smiling, loving the light.)
11) Popcorn- 9:30pm, made popcorn on the stove under the new lights to celebrate (Matt smiling, Tina smiling)
YIKES! Even in an abridged version this story takes forever! But, here are some pictures as a reward for reading that long story. I love the lights we ended up with (Puck LED lights) and have cooked with them a lot in the past few days. Hopefully we will soon be fully recovered from this installation, that Mr. Fix-It will want to install the third light under the other cabinets…
The first style of light we tried and did not like.
Our new LED puck lights!!
AFTER!! Look at that light!