Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cabinets, Mantle, and A Lighting Question

Progress on the house includes part of the kitchen cabinets.  W's dad is building all of these for us.  He delivered the ones that are finished so that he had room to build the remaining ones.  The cabinets will all have doors.  Those are just not painted yet.

We also got the fireplace mantle installed.  It is made from part of the big black walnut tree that used to be in our backyard.  A neighbor cut it to size, and we used some of W's dad's tools to sand it and cut the braces.  I love that we have a piece of the tree.  An added bonus is that the mantle was completely free (aside from the loaf of bread I baked for our neighbor).

Finally the lighting question.  We decided to put a couple of pendant lights above the kitchen sink.  We just need to choose a height.  The pictures below show the two options.

Which do you prefer?  The short on the left?  The long on the right?  Post a comment and let me know!


  1. From the perspective of the pictures you took, the light of the longer one gets lost in front of the window, so I choose the shorter one.

    I love the mantle and it is truly an heirloom and remembrance of your tree.

    I have been enjoying all the pictures and explanations of your new house project. I can't wait to see it all finished and again once you get moved in and settled. I know it is going to be beautiful.

  2. I think you'll find the longer light is in the way of opening and shutting curtains on that window...unless you're going to put the curtain rod well above the window. I ended up doing that because it dwarfed the kitchen window to have the curtains so far below the cabinet tops.

  3. I like the longer one best.
    I like way it looks and I like the light being close enough to the sink to make it easier to see what your washing.

  4. PS the black walnut mantle is beautiful

  5. I personally prefer the shorter left as it does not visually interfere with the framing of the window. Your mantel is gorgeous.