We are creeping towards the finish line of our 1970 kitchen renovation! I feel like I’ve said that before (and I probably have), but it really feels like we’re very nearly there. Last week, I painted the window trim (and repainted the rest of the trim that was looking a little too yellow-cream) and we got the stainless steel trim installed on the range hood and behind the range. I need to take some updated pictures of those details, but they look good. Today, though, I am going to share the sconces! These are the vintage sconces I purchased from eBay to flank the kitchen window…
I selected this style of sconce because it coordinates with my dining room chandelier and I wanted to use vintage fixtures so it feels like they might’ve been original to the house. These fixtures were popular in the 1950s-1970s, so they make sense in this house. If you’re interested in finding a similar style of chandelier or sconce, they are brass, typically marked “made in Spain”, and the chandeliers are often referred to as “brass pineapple chandeliers.” I try a few of those terms on Etsy and/or eBay and usually come up with a few options. I have bought a few online, but I have found most of my antique and vintage light fixtures at yard sales, antique markets, secondhand stores, etc.
The wiring was done for the sconces weeks ago when the rest of the wiring was done (for the lights and outlets), but the sconces couldn’t be placed until the window was finished, so the wires have just been hanging out in the ceiling. They were installed the week before last and I just love them! It’s nice to have an ambient lighting option and they frame the window nicely.
I bought the shades years ago for a small 4-light chandelier, but I was able to find some secondhand silk shades at an antique store for that fixture (it’s in the foyer now and I’ll share that soon), so I used these simple linen shades in the kitchen. I may end up covering them with little pleated slipcovers, but I would make the removable so I can change things up with the seasons. I love the idea of using colored/patterned slipcovers in the fall and winter and plain white in the spring and summer.
Ah, doesn’t the window look so good?! Since the cream paint I matched to the cabinet color wasn’t really working for the trim, I decided to use the wall color, Pure White by Sherwin Williams, in a different finish. The walls are matte and the trim is semigloss. Between the counters, cabinets, and walls, I had three different whites going on and I didn’t want to add another one.
There were a few opinions about displaying the sconces with or without crystals, but I decided to add the crystals and I like them. Again, I can change them up at any time.
I haven’t decided, yet, if I want to hang anything above the window and/or around the sconces. I sort of like the white space at this point, so I’m going to live with it for a while.
Aren’t these branches so pretty? It was another surprise this summer when an overgrown hedge along the left side of our house started blooming. We were going to rip them out and start fresh, but I have now decided that I’m going to trim them way back and try to revive the hedge. Anyway, they made such a pretty bouquet for the pictures.
As we’re nearing the end of the kitchen and pool renovations (you can see the pool & patio HERE), you may be wondering what’s next. Well, I’ve been doing some work on the foyer and hall and I need to get things finished up in that space to share. We’re also going to pay some attention to the dining room and living room. We’re done with the large renovation projects for a while, but we’ll be working on painting and decorating and things we can do ourselves. I’m actually looking forward to sewing, hanging more art on the wall, arranging, and focusing on finishing touches.
I have a couple of small building projects to finish for the kitchen and a light fixture to hang over the kitchen table, but then I think we’ll be ready for a full tour and a before & after video!