Drum Light Over the Sink (in which we use a lampshade in a slightly unusual way)

About a month ago, we got rid of our kitchen’s unibrow–the florescent light that spanned the cabinets over our sink. Since then, we’ve lived with bare wires. It’s been pretty glamorous. Here’s the unibrow light in all it’s former glory:

floor before and after 4Left: old floors/original paint; right: new floors/new paint! Unibrow in both. Whomp whomp. But it’s gone now. And finally, the wires are also gone. Cue the trumpets:

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You can also see we’ve been busy working on filling the gap between the cabinets and the ceiling! Reveal coming quite soon, my friends. Monday, if I can get my act together.

But let’s talk about the light today. We called in Dad for this one, since the expertise required for this job was wayyy out of our skill set.

Here was the situation: The wire from the florescent light came out of the wall just above that cabinet on the right and accessed the unibrow light through that hole at the top of the cabinet.

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But we wanted the wire to come out of the ceiling above the sink, not the wall. Unfortunately, it is VERY difficult to feed the wire back into the wall and make it come down out of the ceiling (since you’d have to drill through both studs and ceiling joists and do some magic to make it happen too).

To solve that issue, we ran the wires up through the newly constructed box above the cabinet and drilled a hole for the wires that would eventually be covered by crown molding. See the wires poking out in the pic below? And do you see the lack of the hole in the picture above? We solved that by covering the side of the cabinet with quarter-inch MDF and some trim and painting it all to match.

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But as you can see, the wires still weren’t long enough, so Dad had to install a junction box to connect longer pieces of wires to these. The access point to the junction box is in that cabinet to the right of the sink, but you can only see it if you have the cupboard open.

Here’s the whole route the wire traveled:

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Makes sense now, right? HA. The deflated balloon doodle is the junction box where the wires connect. The star is where the hole was in the cabinets (where the wires ran originally). From there, the wires run up the wall and behind the crown molding (MY IDEA!) and from there Dad drilled a hole for the wires to go up into the ceiling where it would be covered by the crown. Then he drilled a second hole and installed the second electrical box thingie and then he pulled the wires down into it. Got all that?

Next came the drama of choosing what light to actually install there. It was rough. This window is LARGE, and every normal pendant light looked PUNY when we held it up there. But then we found this super amazing lampshade ($49–this Moroccan Lattice Drum Table Lamp Shade, to be specific) at World Market and whipped out our wallets right then and there.

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We grabbed a light kit from WM too ($12) and strung this baby up. Is it normal to have a drum light over the sink? Nope, not at all. But we’re cool with it. It’s large enough to fit proportionally in the window, and we love how the light shines both upwards and downwards (unlike some types of pendant lights we looked at that only project the light downward).

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The final task before we can call this project completely finished is to figure out what to do with that rinky-dink cord. It needs some beefing up, for sure. I’ve got my thinking cap on but would love to hear your ideas for what to do with it. Thoughts?

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