The mini remodel of the Henbogle kitchen is off to a rocky start. We decided to upgrade the lighting in the kitchen a bit as the existing overhead lighting always left me working at the counter with the light behind me. While I’m not crazy about track lighting in an old Cape, I want to see my finger when I cut it off, so we picked out a fixture that seemed the least modern/obtrusive.
Dan got to work removing the existing fixture, not too difficult. Naturally, the ceiling under the fixture is cracking and in need of paint, but I am not surprised. This is an old house after all. But then he notices that the junction box to which the light is wired is loose, and crooked, hanging awkwardly and protruding on one
side beyond the drywall ceiling. The old fixture hid this, but the track lighting is designed to be flush with the ceiling. Arghh.
Well, the light is in for now, but gaping unattractively. We will need to replace the junction box with a shallower box, or do some other retrofit which will no doubt require drywall repair. UGH. I hate drywall (which explains why the laundry room has a beadboard ceiling.) Still, the light really brightens up the workspace. Maybe I can hang on to all my fingers! I wish we could have found something more in keeping with the house, but this will have to do for now. And the track lighting is going to look GREAT with the new laminate we chose: Formica Basalt Slate.
Installing it ourselves means we get to buy a new tool, yay! A trim router! We picked out a Porter-Cable model similar to one my heroes Tommy Silva and Norm Abram use.
So, dramatic new lighting, new countertops, and the big reveal, a Blanco Silgranite sink, sized perfectly to fit into the existing sink cutout. Now, I just need to find a good quality, all metal pull-down faucet that isn’t supersized and is less than 8 million dollars, which is harder then you might expect. But I will.