One Room Challenge // Kitchen Renovation Week 3

Week three, of the One Room Challenge. If you haven’t been following along, check out week 1 and week 2, or I’ll catch you up to speed real quick. I am DIY renovating my mom’s kitchen. The trick is she lives across the state, so beyond the super tight 6 week timeline, I am limiting myself to about 4, 5, if absolutely necessary long weekends.

I don’t have too much new to report since week 2, because I did not go to my mom’s last weekend. I stayed here and finished up the AMAZING banquette bench I designed and my father-in-law made. I am soooo excited to share that with you next week. But this week, I am sharing my lighting and hardware choices.

Lighting - There are three fixtures in my mom’s kitchen (see the before pictures). One above the kitchen table, one in the middle of the kitchen and one above the sink. I started with the chandelier above the table, my major source of lighting inspiration is the first photo below of Chris and Julia of Chris Loves Julia’s kitchen. I love this chandelier. I love that the straight arms feel modern, but the shades feel traditional. The only problem is that it’s not available and I couldn’t find anything similar in budget, so I want with a more traditional “modern farmhouse” fixture. You can see it below.

Second, I tackled the fixture above the kitchen. My mom had a small bronze chandelier, and I swapped it for a schoolhouse fixture with a clear bowl, which takes up much less space visually.

One of the items still left on my todo list is to convert the fixture above the sink from an inset to a pendant. I choose a simple pendant from Target, but I love how it ties the black and bronze of the other two fixtures.

One Room Challenge Light Fixture Inspiration
One Room Challenge Light Fixture Inspiration

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One Room Challenge Lighting and hardware

Lighting: school house fixture / chandelier / pendant

Hardware: pulls / knobs

In my original design plan, I had decided on black hardware, then as I went through all my inspiration photos, I realized everything I was pinning had brass hardware, which added just the perfect amount of bling to the room. So I returned all the knobs and pulls I already purchased and went with the choices above. I definitely made the right choice. I am so thrilled with how the look.

This weekend is going to be a major week. I am hitting Ikea on the way to my mom’s to pick up accessories. Then we will install the remainder of the countertops and sink and tile the backsplash, plus about 100 other miscellaneous items. Wish me luck!