Update fluorescent kitchen light?

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We have a huge fluorescent kitchen light in the middle of our kitchen near the stove that is longer and rectangle shaped. We are doing a partial kitchen remodel and I found a chandelier to replace the smaller one over the table but not one to replace the larger one. Anyone have suggestions. We are going for a natural look the cabinets are a coastal blue with gold handles and we will be adding some hanging plants, and some wall vases, succulents on the table etc. I found a natural wooden beaded chandelier to replace the smaller light, but not sure what would match to replace the larger one.


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  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Jul 21, 2021

    I would do something with gold

    • Ari Ari on Jul 21, 2021

      Definitely! The thing is I am not finding any large enough to cover the spot without spending boat loads of money we don't have.

  • Look for elements from the one you found in a new one....wood, beads, wood beads, color, etc. It doesn't have to match perfectly.

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    • Ari Ari on Jul 23, 2021

      I will! we are hoping to finish this weekend since we have guests coming next weekend for a wedding, My husband is the picky one! LOL

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 21, 2021

    I agree with Ann, a wood beaded chandelier would work well. If you can't find a similar one, you could make one yourself, here are some ideas, all you need is a frame:


    https://www.pinterest.com/lauren_kraus/wood-bead-chandelier/

    • Ari Ari on Jul 21, 2021

      I have looked a lot on pintrest, I can't find anything that is big enough to cover the area that the old light take up. I would have to do multiples.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 21, 2021

    If you were looking for a DIY perhaps finding a chandelier at a consignment store or reStore store and painting it a customize color might be considered.

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    • Ari Ari on Jul 23, 2021

      Yes! I have bee checking Marketplace here and there. I found this really cool pintrest DIY where they made a wicker basket into a light fixture and it was really nice looking! I think i might do that for the smaller light the way our kitchen is I think multiples would look weird. Lighting is something that I think costs more than it should! lol Thank you!

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jul 21, 2021

    You could consider something more minimal for in the kitchen, replace the florescent with three recessed can lights. That would update the look.

    • Ari Ari on Jul 21, 2021

      Yes, but I'm not really a fan of the can lights, that's just me. I thought about it but to me it doesn't fit the style we are looking for. I was looking at the rattan style or the wood beaded chandelier more of the natural vibes and colors. This is the second kitchen update we have done we went way more modern the first time with the cabinets etc and neither of us liked it. The more laid back/natural vibe fits us and the home better. It was built in 1960 so we are trying to do some updated vintage mod with that Scandinavian like natural feel to it.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jul 21, 2021

    Working areas in kitchens require bright diffused lighting, rather than concentrated spot or chandelier lights.


    If you have not yet decided on an integrated LED fixture to replace the old fluorescent one, I would encourage you to do so. Different styles with wood trim, that would fit into the natural/coastal look that you are aiming for, are available. The light blond-wood is is consistent with Scandinavian design.


    Here are some examples.

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    • Flipturn Flipturn on Jul 21, 2021

      If you do not want full light all the time, but rather more indirect lighting, I would suggest to purchase fixtures that are dimnable, then simply adjust the wall dimmer switch to obtain the particular light intensity desired. Installing a dimmer switch would give you the most versatility to vary the light at different times of the year, and what is suitable to individual activities in that part of the home.

  • William William on Jul 21, 2021

    A few ideas


    https://www.hometalk.com/diy/repair/electric/replacing-updating-fluorescent-ceiling-box-lights-with-ceiling-molding-2990785


    https://www.hometalk.com/diy/repair/electric/replace-flourescent-light-fixture-37359382


    https://www.hometalk.com/diy/kitchen-dining/kitchen-lighting/rustic-kitchen-light-fixture-35169318


    https://www.hometalk.com/diy/kitchen-dining/kitchen-lighting/how-to-replace-a-fluorescent-light-fixture-with-regular-light-fixture-44375107

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jul 21, 2021

    you could use recessed lights instead or here is more info it is just depending on the look your are going for

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCLusuSEscM

    • Ari Ari on Jul 23, 2021

      Ya I thought about it, recessed is really not what I think would look good for the vibe we are doing in my opinion. But I think I figured it out possibly.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 21, 2021

    When you remove the original, it will most likely be a different color underneath. A simple paint job should fix it.

    If you don't want to remove, you could leave the frame and paint to match the cabinets. Remove the lighting mechanism and hang the new one inside it. The ceiling will still need to be painted.

    • Ari Ari on Jul 23, 2021

      Im not worried about paint they left all the ceiling colors and wall paint in the basement when we purchased the house, but the light is not framed. We are hanging a new one its just a larger space that needs to have lights to fill it and I think hanging multiples will look odd.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jul 22, 2021

    Defiantly wood same. Olof or match a wood finish in the kitchen or you could also go all glass with brass that will go to

    • Ari Ari on Jul 23, 2021

      Ya I think I figured it out now I have seen comments and did a bit more looking around. I like the rattan style and the sort of wood and wicker look, it's the hubby that is picky! lol

  • Annie Annie on Jul 25, 2021

    Hi, It should be very easy to remove it and replace it with one that you like.

  • I recently saw an ad for Lamps Plus that said they have their phone customer service people walking around on the sales floor so they can help you shop. Maybe you could give it a try and find something that coordinates. They also have a neat tool where you can take a picture of the room and then add their lamps to it so you can really visualize. I found it enormously helpful. Good luck!