So, over here I showed you my "before" on the kitchen desk nook. The photos in that post were a hot mess of iPhone snaps and blurry ickiness. I owe you better. This is better. Not great, mind you, but one does what one can.
I also noticed that they had the old lighting in them, so I thought I should get into that. The little desk thing had a long pendant over it. Very popular in 1985, I'm sure. As you can imagine, I wanted to improve upon this. And I also thought it would be weird to just have a pendant over that little bit of counter (once there is counter, mind you.) It would be kind of like, "hello! I'm the microwave area!"
Not really intuitive in terms of a lighting strategy. Most people would, if they had just one pendant to spare, have that pendant over the sink. We had a recessed light can at the sink. Of course.
So I put on my thinking cap, and, for once, it worked.
I remembered seeing a blogger one do a recessed can conversion. It's a thing. And you have choices. Not great choices or myriad choices, but choices all the same. So I made one. I chose to get this fixture here. Why? Because it was the most non-committal of the options and I had decision fatigue. Oh, and because it came in both the conversion version (kind of fun to say? "conversion version, conversion version"...) for over the sink and the hardwire version for over the microwave).
The pros? These lovely folks have very, very economical lighting options.
The cons? Meh on the style. And now I get all their catalogs. And I'm pretty very sure I will never order anything from them again. They are a little more country than I am. Not that I'm rock and roll, but let's just say that I seldom have any real use for large decorative clocks.
We also really struggled with light bulbs. I bought some of the old fashioned edison bulbs and they were far, far too yellow. I also bought some clear, non-edison 40 watt bulbs and I really minded the glare of the bare bulb. The round bulbs I have in there now are from the bathroom vanity. The soon to be dismantled one. So, you know. I have a lot of bulbs to spare. Maybe put that in the "pros" column?
Oh, and you can also see above the line between the end of the existing counter tops and the new cabinets. We have propped the old piece of (faux) butcher block from the desk there for now. I cannot express how lovely it is to have A) enclosed trash, and B) a place next to the sink to put things down.