Sunday, May 19, 2013
We actually completed another item on the house recently and I am very excited about it!! Now, I know already that the BFA (big, fancy architect) is going to hate the fact I defiled his steel beam by hanging pendent lights from it but the basic fact is, I could not see worth a crap on that side of the kitchen with no overhead lighting. In the winter, when the sun comes in, it's no big deal, except at night. But in the summer when there is no direct sunlight, I was having trouble. Yes, my eyes are not what they used to be and I need a little more light. So, we picked out a nice light fixture with very unobtrusive wiring and Jack did the rest. The wiring runs along the upper side of the bottom flange of the beam, so it is completely concealed.
I know you can't tell crap from the first photo about what the globes look like, so here is a close up. Personally, I think it looks really cool. I had thought about repurposing wine bottles again to make the globes but just wanted something a little nicer and these were not that expensive. The entire fixture was about $45 maybe.
This is just a view from the other direction and from here the wires the globes hang from basically disappear because of the dark wall behind them. Anyway, they add a wonderful light and clarity to the kitchen area.
Which is better to highlight the glass and slate tile I picked out for the backsplashes and stuff!! Yay!! The small sheet tile will be the backsplash area along all the counter tops and behind the stove, up about 2 feet. The large slate tiles will be from the range hood and up and completely cover the other side of that wall, around the gas fireplace. Well, with a bit of mosaic thrown in. I am very anxious to get started on this part but there are a number of things that must come first, such as pouring the actual countertops!
Just a little close-up of the glass and slate. I really like these and the tan/ brown/ goldish colors will blend well with my kitchen cabinets.
Now, you all know I always advice people to go to a specialty supplier when buying stuff like this and not assume Lowe's or some other big box place is going to be cheaper. However, in this case Lowe's was actually the best deal by a long shot. Still, it doesn't hurt to check the supply houses first. I had seen these tiles at Lowe's a while back but went to look at a tile supplier in Birmingham just to see. In fact, they were the same supplier I bought my shower tile from and, at the time, they beat Lowe's price quite well and had a better selection. Well, sometimes things change I guess. I really couldn't find anything at the supplier that I liked better than these and they wanted 3 times what Lowe's was asking per square foot. Literally, 3 times. Plus, I had a gift card from a while back that was a safety award from my construction days and that got me another $50 off, so....
Unfortunately, I am still working in Birmingham and then have to get back to my pottery for a big special order and some other stuff, so it may be a while before I actually get to start installing this stuff. Well, and get over a terrible head cold that has left me not feeling like doing anything. Hopefully it won't be much longer and I can really start getting this kitchen finished. I think it's gonna look fabulous!