Dining Room Chandelier Options for the 10th Flip

You guys were so helpful with the kitchen lighting options, and I’m crossing my fingers that you’ll have the answer to all my dining room lighting needs as well!  :)  (BTW, I’m 99% sure that I’m going with Alexis’ recommendation – the Tilt Cone Sconce.  I’m obsessed!)

Here’s my dilemma – I had my heart set on a certain chandelier for the dining room.  It was perfect – modern, a bit industrial yet still refined, unique…I could go on and on.  The problem?  That sucker is backordered until late January.  Womp womp.  (If we’re still working on this flip in late January please send me prayers.)

So.  Here are the options I’m currently considering.  Could you pretty please let me know what you think?

dining lighting options

  1. Tangled Chandelier – Persimmon - $285.  I love it.  It’s cool and unique, but maybe TOO unique?  It comes in green or yellow as well, but I like the red the best.  But red would probably freak people out.  Brass and a blackened brass are options as well, for an extra $100, but if I go that route shouldn’t I just go for #11 instead and save some cash?
  2. Varaluz Wright Stuff 3-Light Black Pendant - $399.  Expensive.  Too crazy?  It’s a little aggressive-looking, somehow.
  3. Clive Chandelier - $379.  O.M.G.  So this is the chandelier that I had my heart set on.  $&*(@!  I love it!  I used it in my mood boards here and here!  Weep.  Any suggestions for a similar fixture?
  4. Two-Tone Pendant Lamp - $65 each pendant.  So how cool would it be to do a cluster of these in different colors?  Answer – so cool.  But again, maybe too weird for a flip.
  5. Bentwood Pendant - $189 each.  This seems like a very viable option, but it just has a single bulb.
  6. Industrial Chandelier - $249.  I like this one a lot, but for all you bare-bulb-haters out there, would it singe your eyeballs?
  7. Capiz Tiered Chandelier - $379.  Yes.  This one could be excellent.  You know how I love a capiz chandelier.  ;)
  8. Mobile Chandelier - $249.  So I’m thinking this one might be the new frontrunner.  It’s pretty awesome, right?!?
  9. Liberty Pendant - $229.  Pretty, but you can’t avoid that brass.  I’m digging brass these days, but we’ve now learned that not everyone has jumped on that bandwagon!
  10. Diamond Kiss Pendant - $179.  Kind of like #2, but less aggressive.  The cone shade softens it somehow.
  11. Radial Chandelier - $299.  This one is a good option, but I wonder if it looks a little too industrial?  That ring is flattened black metal, which seems pretty utilitarian.
  12. Peel Pendant Lamp - $199.  Kind of like #5 but with some sassy orange highlights peeking through.  Just one bulb.
  13. Warehouse Tiffany’s Jackstone Chandelier - $292.99.  This one is an obvious choice – but does it take the house too midcentury?  I don’t have a problem with it, and I think it would work with the overall design…
  14. Young House Love Geometric Diamond Lantern - $99.  Pretty, but not enough oomph to hold the dining space, I don’t think.
  15. Oversized Cone Paper Shade Pendant - $269.  I like this one (I like the one with the gold interior even better!), but I’m not sure it goes with the vibe we’re going for.
  16. Multi Glass Orb Chandelier - $358.  Love it.  Maybe this is the winner?
  17. Be Squared Modern Chandelier - $279.  Really cool, but it has some brass – would buyers run screaming?
  18. Uttermost Paxton 1 Light Pendant - $206.80.  A cheaper version of #2, but with only one bulb.  What is with chandeliers with only one bulb?!?  Do people eat in the dark?

So, in a nutshell, since I can’t have Clive I’m leaning towards #1, #7, #8, #13 or #16.  Do you have a favorite?  Or maybe an entirely different option?  Help a girl out!!

Roundup of Kitchen Lighting Options for the 10th Flip

Remember this huge window that’s going above the kitchen sink?

kitchen window

Well, that sucker needs a few lights above it!  There will be 3 sconces, evenly spaced above the window.  I’ve wanted to try this look for awhile, and I’m so excited about finally doing it!

A few of these choices are more aspirational than realistic (especially since I’ll need 3 of them), but if I saved a few pennies elsewhere I might be able to make them work.

kitchen lighting options

(1) Metal Grid 9 3/4″ High Bronze Wall Sconce - $69.99; (2) Satellite Sconce - $125; (3) Franklin Sconce - $79; (4) Reed Industrial Swing Arm - $335; (5) Bare Bulb Wall Sconce – Angled Lamp - $65; (6) Princeton Junior Sconce 2.25″ - $228 (with this shade combination); (7) Isaac Sconce – Long Arm - $130 (white option could also look great); (8) Industrial Wall Sconce Light - $30; (9) Wood and Metal Caged Wall Sconce - $198; (10) Double Wall Sconce - $95 (also available as a single sconce for $65, or with brass or wood sockets – wood might be nice!); (11) Industrial Wall Sconce – Bare Bulb Lamp - $35; (12) Edison Socket Sconce - $145; (13) Mini Hi-Bay 1-Light Wall Sconce - $149.40

Ideally, the fixtures would cost less than $100 a piece, which actually leaves quite a few options.  However, I’m finding myself drawn most to the Isaac Sconce (#7) – it’s unique, a bit retro looking, and a good size.  It also comes in white – I’m debating whether black or white would look best.  The cabinets will be stained wood, the floor will probably be dark gray tile, the countertops will be marble, and the backsplash will be white with dark grout.  What do you think?  Oh, and I’m thinking that some of these guys might have to make an appearance in the bathrooms…

While I’m leaning towards the Isaac Sconce for above the kitchen window, I’m still not 100% sold on it.  Are there any you absolutely love, or would run away screaming if I chose them?  :)

Final Plans for the Kitchen Cabinets

After all the debating and polling and back and forth, we finally have plans for the kitchen cabinets at the 10th flip!!  Did you think this day would ever come?


Final Kitchen Cabinet Plans

That overhead view of the cabinet layout gives you a pretty good idea of how the kitchen is going to be laid out.  That’s the fridge on the bottom right, and then (traveling counterclockwise) the sink and the stove on the back wall, and the breakfast bar on the left, and the door to the laundry room on the bottom, then the pantry.  Yes, that’s right – since we decided to turn that extra portion of the laundry room into a powder room instead of a pantry we nixed the idea of a beverage center (sad!, and thanks again for all of your feedback on that burning issue) and opted for a built-in pantry instead.

Let’s take a closer look at those kitchen plans.  Here’s how the doorway to the kitchen used to look…

10th Flip - Before

. . . and here’s how it looks after demo and framing:

demo, framing & plumbing

So when you enter the kitchen through that large opening, this is what you’ll see:

Final Kitchen Cabinet Plans

This particular elevation makes me SO excited!!  Do you notice the gigantic window above the sink?  That was a last-minute decision to expand the window and I’m thrilled with it – hopefully it will look as good in person as I imagine it will.

kitchen window

Above, you can see the window all framed in.  We really needed a large window in the kitchen since we had to close up two smaller windows to make the layout work.  Oh, and this is fun!  There will be 3 sconces above the window, kind of like this (ish).  I can’t wait!

On the right-hand wall, there will be uppers, lowers with an opening for the microwave, and a fridge box.  The side of the fridge that faces the living room will be covered with millwork.  Nobody likes looking at the side of a fridge, am I right?  :)

Final Kitchen Cabinet Plans

Flipping to the other side of the kitchen (that adjoins with the game room) is the breakfast bar.  Below you can see how the breakfast bar is finished out on the side that faces the kitchen, and the back of the peninsula will be paneled.  The side of the peninsula, which spans the step-down into the game room, will run the entire depth of the countertop.  Does that make sense?

Final Kitchen Cabinet Plans

The wall below is shared with the laundry room, and that’s the door pictured below.  The poor built-in beverage center got the boot and was replaced with this kick-a$$ pantry.  The converted water heater closet we call a pantry in our house ain’t got nothing on this thing.

Final Kitchen Cabinet Plans

The cabinets went into production two days ago, and I absolutely can’t wait to see how they turn out.  We’re doing a much more contemporary design than we’ve done before (like we talked about here), with full overlay flat panel doors and drawers in maple, which we’ll stain after they’ve been installed.  Kind of like these lowers, but darker.  Can you imagine it??

P.S.  Oh, and here’s a fun little tidbit – the first case of Ebola diagnosed outside of Africa was diagnosed about 2 miles from my house.  Jealous?

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