Featured Customer | Schoolhouse Lights Icing on the Cake in Kitchen Remodel
When I was a kid, my favorite cereal was Lucky Charms. I would eat all of the oat pieces out of my bowl then savor every sweet spoonful of pastel-colored marshmallows.
Remodeling projects are like my bowl of Lucky Charms. You have to get through the mundane, albeit necessary, details before you get to the good stuff.
“The lights were the last thing I ordered when the kitchen was just about finished,” Kristine says. “I knew that would be my favorite part of the kitchen and I wanted to save the best part for last.” The home belonged to Kristine’s grandparents and the kitchen was last updated in 1959. Her goal was to remodel the kitchen back to 1920 but with modern touches.
Kristine put together a book of inspiration with images she gathered from This Old House magazine.
“I knew I wanted at least one schoolhouse light in my kitchen since these lights fit so perfectly into the era of my house,” she says. “In the end, I decided that they would not only be practical but would become a design feature in the kitchen with two rows of three lights which was inspired by a picture in my inspiration book.”
After seeing an ad for Barn Light Electric in This Old House magazine, Kristine browsed our website numerous times before choosing the Primary Schoolhouse Stem Mount Light to replace her old fluorescent lighting. She customized these vintage light fixtures with a large globe, a Textured Black canopy, and a 3″ stem.
“I chose this light because it was the basic, beautiful schoolhouse light that would give my space the warm, cozy feel of a 1920s kitchen,” Kristine notes. “They look almost like art to me.” The Primary Schoolhouse Light is an American-made fixture with hand-blown glass and a variety of customizing options.
Over the sink, Kristine chose a complementary fixture in the Flared Glass Schoolhouse Pendant. The eight-inch, opal etched shade reflects plenty of light and adds an elegant touch by the kitchen window.
“It was the perfect size to provide lighting over the sink and the frosted glass provides a warm glow at night,” Kristine says. “I put an Edison bulb in this light since it’s open at the bottom and the bulb can be seen.”
Kristine was out of town when the lights were installed and a picture was sent to her after the lights went up. She was thrilled with the look and even happier when she got home to see her new kitchen in person.
“Now when I walk in, I’m amazed that I was able to get my dream kitchen,” she says. “And the lights are the best part about it!”
Photos courtesy of the homeowner