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June 7, 2010

Replacing Our Kitchen Light – Retro Weekend Warriors

By RetroRuth

Ahhhh. I can’t even begin to tell you how satisfied I am with the subject of this post.  The 1980’s lighting that is scattered around our ranch is something that bugs us like crazy. We have slowly begun finding period-appropriate vintage lights for most of the areas, including a fantastic Sputnik for the entryway, but the perfect kitchen light continues to elude us.

But we decided we didn’t care to wait anymore.

This is Tom staring hatefully at the lamp that has hung in our kitchen for the last year and a half.  I, personally, hate this light.  I know Tom does.  Look at him, staring at it. It is very Victorian-ice-cream parlor, while we are going for cool-atomic-kitchen.  Not quite the same vibe.

So, we decided we were going to switch it out for a cheap mid-mod substitute until we can get our hands on the real deal. Here is Tom, pretending like he knows nothing about changing a lamp. Which is ridiculous because he has totally changed like, three lights. Two without any of my Dad’s help.

I am kidding, he does a great job.  🙂

See, look at how well he is changing the light while I stand off to the side, not helping at all. Unless taking pictures and criticizing is helping. In which case, I was a great help.

The light we decided to use was an inexpensive, classic style we bought at Lowe’s last weekend.  This stainless steel pendant was cheap at $35 and fits our style. 

See, here is Tom’s fine wiring  job!

Attaching the top.

Ta-da! Finished!  It isn’t perfect, by any means, but it is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than the pink wheat light.  Oh, and the kitten cages kind of dominate the background. Little brats! Hopefully the last few will find good homes soon.

Umm…anyone want a kitten??? 🙂

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4 Responses to Replacing Our Kitchen Light – Retro Weekend Warriors

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    June 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I see kitten eyes glowing in the background. 🙂 The new light looks really nice – great job! Can’t wait to see the Sputnik one hung up! Poor, poor Victorian-ice-cream parlor light. 😉

  2. sablemable Reply

    June 7, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Oh, God, those awful non-MCM lights! Hate them!

    LOL, Tom-Tom reminds me of Bob when he has to change a light fixture. The words that spill from Bob’s mouth!

  3. sablemable Reply

    June 7, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    LOL, I just noticed the kittens shiny eyes! How cute!

  4. Cat Reply

    June 15, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I wouldn’t be able to resist those kittens if I lived closer to you lol. I LOVE the all white ones…always wanted one. I love reading your blog, i check it everyday! I’m going to start hunting for old cook books to try to find some odd meals, Tom’s face cracks me up :p

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