Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Wanted: One New Kitchen Ceiling

Seeing as you are a productive member of society and have things to do and people to care for and stuff to cleanse, you have probably not been following this facebook discussion with rapt attention.  Go skim it first.

So.  Here is why we need to completely redo our kitchen ceiling and can't just change the fixture.  But now is not a good time so instead we must, for the moment, buy replacement bulbs for the atrocious light of disgustingness:



I know!  How do we even live like this?!?!?

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  1. Found it on the internet......

    http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/LUMAPRO-Circular-Fluorescent-Lamp-13G577?gclid=CMX7q6ai2bQCFQ0GnQodZyIAwQ&cm_mmc=PPC:GooglePLA-_-Lighting-_-Lamps-_-13G577&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=13G577&ef_id=UI1gxwAAE-BA63@d:20130108171909:s

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  2. Hmmm...food for thought here. Since the wiring is already in place, why not look for more of a flush-mount fixture that uses light bulbs and one that's affordable? Might give more door clearance and help you cope with the ceiling a while longer. http://www.sears.com/silver-springs-vintage-retro-kitchen-ceiling-light-lamp/p-SPM6257663104 This link is just an idea...not necessarily your decor taste.

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  3. The absolute best part is the fact that your cabinet won't open all the way.
    Best. Part.

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  4. I understand your kitchen frustration. I so want/need a kitchen remodel. New cupboards, new walls, new floor, new ceiling, new counters, new sink, new something to fill the hole where the chimney once stood. I've lived with this kitchen since 1984, although we did rip out the carpet and replace that with linoleum shortly after moving into our house. I have no answer to your light problem. Sorry. At least you manage some humor in all of this.

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    1. There was CARPET in your KITCHEN?!? That's crazy!

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    2. I'll never understand carpet in the kitchen OR bathroom. I had it in my bathroom. Yup - wall-to-wall. I ripped that stuff out as soon as son #1 started potty training. LOL!

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  5. If you get a 40 watt bulb and a swinging wire with socket, you will be able to open the cabinet and the kitchen will be so dim that you won't see the other problems. Total cost ~ $25

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    1. Hey, I could just put on a blind-fold that I already own! $0!

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    2. And hilarity ensues as you use sharp objects!

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    3. One problem with the blindfold - You still can't open the cabinet.

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    4. So true. Hopefully I won't be able to find it....

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  6. Think about what the house looked like when you first arrived in Michigan! I think you have done a tremendous job on your house, and the kitchen is just the next step in making your house your dream home!

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    1. Good point, Paula. I'll keep that in the forefront! :)

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  7. "inability to open cabinet without risking death." I really do love your way with words, Dwija. :-)

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  8. We purchased our FHA shoebox in 1978 and moveedwith $0 and a new baby. The cheapest kitchen install possible was already 7 years old. Through the next thirty years we added four more children and thirty years of wear and tear. The formica top was pitted, chipped and melted with all the front molding missing. Two of the bottom cupboard doors were held together with wood filler - since somehow toddlers swing on them had detached the wood while leaving the hinges intact and functional. There was no floor in the cabinet under the sink due to too many broken pipes and flooding. Dishwasher? Garbage disposal? No in this century! Cook for a family of 7 with three burners and an uneven temperature oven? - Piece of cake.

    Take heart Dwija. When the youngest turned 18 and I was able to start a kitchen fund instead of funding athletic shoes, braces, longer and longer jeans for three growing boys, etc. And eventually built it up to enough to go for it! I will admit that I blow my entire budget on just the cabinets and had to do the rest in stages which continue until now (all I have left is the baseboards, window trim, back splash and refrigerator replacement). And it took me forever to relearn all my recipes to cook correctly in an oven when 350 means 350 (instead of 400-450 or maybe 250).

    I look at my new kitchen now and am so in love with it! The first and last kitchen I will ever install and I really think that planning it for 30 years made sure that every inch is perfect!

    Good Luck!

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    1. I love this story, Miss Merry. (my mom spells her name the same way!)

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  9. Oh boy do I feel your pain. Our house is just bursting with projects that need doing, and no money to do them with. We did get a do-it-yourself kitchen remodel half-done this past summer using really nice cabinets that my parents ripped out when they did THEIR remodel...but fell short of cash to get the counters finished so now I have half-countertop, half-plywood. Oh and the garbage disposal and dishwasher both won't work. And the sink leaks. Our lighting is kind of an eye-sore but at least it is recessed. I keep telling myself we'll finish it with this year's tax return but I'm kind of nervous about what that will look like with all the tax changes floating around. On the upside, since these cabinets actually have backs I haven't found dead crickets in my mixing bowls anymore.

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  10. That looks like a light up toilet seat stuck to your ceiling. I wonder why they (whoever it was before you) didn't just do the regular loooong fluorescent utility bulb? No room?

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  11. Dwija, you are living like a common criminal! ;) jk jk I hope you get everything fixed real soon!

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  12. If you replace the light fitting with a simple bayonet mount (and a sensible light fitting), there would be plenty of room to open the door of the cabinet. The wiring's already there - an electrician could do it for you in about 15 minutes (shame my husband is not in the right continent for you 'cause otherwise I'd send him right over). What WERE they thinking when they installed it? In the longer term, when you're replacing the ceiling, you may want to think about a recessed light ...

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  13. The first house my husband and I lived in....the oven switches worked as light dimmers for the kitchen ceiling light. I am not making this up.

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  14. Hahaha. When I moved in with my hubby, we soon got pregnant and I vowed to paint every room in the house and strip the wallpaper (which also included learning how to 'mud') and have re-done all 3 floors in the 3 bathrooms. While 8 months pregnant and belly in between my legs. Youtube was my best friend. But I did 80% of it on my own, with my hubby to lift the toilet in an out and do any other heavy lifting. That being said, I would never tackle a ceinling as a home project... too much weird stuff behind the wall and you don't know what kind of electrical you might run into. But replacing light fixtures are REALLY easy peasy! YOU CAN DO IT!! And you can do it on the cheap (and easy!).
    Home reno's are no fun but you CAN do it inexpensively and not lose the quality.

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