This room has had many identities since living here. It’s been both a dining and family room. That’s the funny thing when it comes to an open concept home, you have to go through the exhausting trial and error of layouts until you find something that is just right.
A huge reason we removed this wall was because we wanted a more open feel, specifically into this room, as it sits on the front end of our home. Right now we’re supporting the ceiling joists from below. We could have technically gone into the attic, but that would’ve posed more than one difficult challenges. We definitely feel like we would’ve had more defined rooms if we would’ve gone with placing the beam in the attic, as opposed to where they are now. Working around the columns has had it’s fair share of challenges in itself, but overall it has worked out.
Today we finally removed the hanging pendant light that was once above our dining room table, when this room was a dining room. We hit our heads on this light every.single.time we entered the room. When it hung over a table, it wasn’t obtrusive, however when it’s just hanging free it was a nuisance. We opted to go the recessed lighting route for three out of four of the lights. We still have the small light hanging in our entryway, and a junction box next to our diy credenza where we plan on installing directional light.
This photo below gives you a shot of our current entryway light, that will also become a can light.
The overall process of removing the previous hanging pendant light, and installing the new recessed lights was smooth sailing. We simply disconnected the round pendant light from the junction box. Next we used handy dandy adjustable hole cutter to create the inserts for the housing. This is the housing we used for our recessed lighting. You can also install this trim for a more finished look.
As much as we love the look of hanging pendants, we have our eye on this one, we quickly realized that they’re just not a great fit for our home and our ceiling heights. However, when we remove our hallway wall, a hanging pendant WILL be the perfect fit. In case you’re behind on our basement renovation, you can click here to see that progress. We’re excited to see our basement progress actually progress in the coming months, and we can’t wait to see that project come to life soon.
One tip for recessed lighting is to make sure you know where your studs/ceiling joists are. It’s important to make sure your housing is in between the ceiling joists. If you don’t already have a tool for this, we highly recommend this one for all your stud needs. Once you know where your studs are, or in this case where they aren’t, mark the center of your circle where your housing is going to go. Then drill away.
Here’s a great view of the entire ceiling for a lighting visual.
This housing is extremely easy to insert into your ceilings. Another recessed lighting tip that we use is we take a trash bag, and while Scot drills the housing hole, I hold the bag flush with the ceiling to make sure we catch as much dust and insulation as possible. This tool catches almost all of it, but you can never be too safe. Also eye gear! Eye gear and a small mask will make the world of difference. We didn’t use either one here, but you should!
Want to see how it looks now? Here’s a great before and after.
The room looks drastically different, and this is a huge improvement. We’re so glad we removed this hanging pendant light. We plan on recycling this light in another space.