Our main blogger is feeling burnt out, so I'm pinch blogging.
Our kitchen has seen a slow and modest facelift over the last year. When we first moved in, we had these (oddly positioned) beauties for lighting.
After living with them for two plus years, we decided it would time to take them out. So we replaced them with recessed cans and a pendant light, but didn't bother to patch the holes.
The light you see in the middle is a placeholder until we found the perfect light. We found that light in the Quoizel Duchess in nickel finish, a convertible light that can be mounted flush or as a pendant. When we received the light in a big box, it didn't have a chain for pendant mounting, so we called and they said, oh, we'll send the chain immediately. A few days later, another big box came, looking strangely similar to the first box. It turned out they sent another light, sans chain. This time they realized that Quoizel no longer makes the chained version of the light we wanted, but they said we can return the second one and just keep the first one since it was reported as damaged. Later on I found a replacement chain at HD and rigged it to hang the light as a pendant, so everything more or less worked out.
Two months ago we had the kitchen painted. We liked the old color but it was a poor paint job. We like the new color as well. The painters also fixed the holes in the ceiling and added crown moulding. This is the end result.
Tomorrow, we will be breaking ground on a new project outside that door.