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Vintage Pendants and Flush Mount Fixture Add Character to Kitchen Remodel

vintage_glass_shades_schoolhouse_pendants_kitchen_lighting.jpgWhen a kitchen was first built in the 1920s and hasn’t been remodeled in more than 40 years, the word “update” takes on loads of meaning! But with all things vintage taking center stage in the design world, you don’t want to lose the touches that make a space unique and give it the kind of character you don’t often find in a brand new, builder basic home. This kitchen certainly needed remodeling — stained and scuffed dark wood cabinets and crowded formica countertops were replaced with bright white cabinetry with vintage hardware, a bold blue tiled wall, and an apron front sink. The designer was going for a “classic English scullery” look with a clean design to maximize functionality in the modest space.

Vintage pendants give a nod to the room’s past with glass shade pendants lighting up the counter and a schoolhouse shade taking center stage in the work triangle. To get the look of the glass pendants, check out our collection of Milk Glass Pendants which includes the Flared Milk Glass Shade with a cotton twist cord. This pendant can be customized with a polished nickel or brass socket and your choice of colored cotton twist cord available in a variety of lengths. An array of nostalgic Edison Style Light Bulbs can give this pendant true vintage flavor!

The schoolhouse shade, which came into popular use in the 1920s when this kitchen was brand new, looks very much like our 19″ Schoolhouse Flush Mount fixture. This light has a satin nickel finish and projects less than a foot from the surface making it a great choice for rooms with low ceilings. This light was originally manufactured by Urban Archaeology and is currently listed at half off the Urban Archaeology price. With its 100-watt light bulb and opal glass, this light will give off a warm glow to kitchens, dining rooms, work spaces, and bathrooms.


Top photo courtesy of Remodelista

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