REMOVING A PENDANT LIGHT + REPLACING IT WITH RECESSED LIGHTING


INSTALLING RECESSED LIGHTING

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.

Installing recessed lighting like a pro.

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.

INSTALLING RECESSED LIGHTING.

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.

RECESSED LIGHTING

This photo below gives you a shot of our current entryway light, that will also become a can light.

INSTALLING CAN LIGHTS FROM HOME DEPOT.
INSTALLING RECESSED LIGHTING FROM THE HOME DEPOT.

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.

INSTALLING RECESSED LIGHTING STUDS

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.

HOW TO INSTALL RECESSED LIGHTING FROM HOME DEPOT.

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!

HOW TO INSTALL RECESSED LIGHTING FROM THE HOME DEPOT.
RECESSED LIGHTING IN FAMILY ROOM
HOW TO INSTALL RECESSED LIGHTING IN YOUR FAMILY ROOM
CAN LIGHTS IN FAMILY ROOM
RECESSED LIGHTING IN FAMILY ROOM

Want to see how it looks now? Here’s a great before and after.

Before:

REMOVING A LARGE PENDANT LIGHT
CAN LIGHTS IN FAMILY ROOM

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.

INSTALLED RECESSED LIGHTING IN A FAMILY ROOM WITH THE HOME DEPOT.
THIS MINIMAL HOUSE RECESSED LIGHTING

Thank you for stopping by and checking out our small project, big impact light swap. Have you checked out a few of our other small project, big impact posts? Of of our personal favorites, and most viewed, is this DIY! Have some down time the rest of the weekend/this week? Check out this round up!


HOW TO BUILD A SIMPLE $8 PVC SPRINKLER

DIY PLAYSET THIS MINIMAL HOUSE

You've probably seen our phase one of our backyard DIY playset if you've been reading here for the past couple of months. If not, this is our DIY playset we decided to build when we couldn't find anything that was a good fit for us and our space. We wanted something truly unique and most importantly wanted to cut costs. The durability of this playset is untouched by anything manufactured. 

Over the weekend, go figure the last weekend of summer (palm to forehead), we decided to install a DIY PVC sprinkler on their playset. We had tried to rig the regular sprinkler on the top two front posts and it just wasn't working. We spent all of our time trying to put it up just right, only for a toddler to tear it down two seconds later. Needless to say this project should've happened months ago, but you live and you learn. Here's a few of the quick photos I grabbed of the process!

Check the short list at the bottom of post if you want to build your own DIY PVC Sprinkler!

DIY PVC SPRINKLER THIS MINIMAL HOUSE BLOG
DIY PVC SPRINKLER THIS MINIMAL HOUSE BLOG
DIY PVC SPRINKLER THIS MINIMAL HOUSE BLOG
DIY PVC SPRINKLER THIS MINIMAL HOUSE BLOG
DIY PVC SPRINKLER THIS MINIMAL HOUSE BLOG
DIY PVC SPRINKLER THIS MINIMAL HOUSE BLOG
DIY PVC SPRINKLER THIS MINIMAL HOUSE BLOG
DIY PVC SPRINKLER THIS MINIMAL HOUSE BLOG
DIY PVC SPRINKLER THIS MINIMAL HOUSE BLOG
DIY PVC SPRINKLER THIS MINIMAL HOUSE BLOG
DIY PVC SPRINKLER THIS MINIMAL HOUSE BLOG
DIY PVC SPRINKLER THIS MINIMAL HOUSE BLOG

Supply List-

  • PVC (INCLUDING ELBOW)

  • FEMALE + MALE HOSE ATTACHMENTS

  • TAPE

  • PRIMER + CEMENT GLUE

  • DRILL + DRILL BIT FOR SPRINKLER HOLES

$8 PVC SPRINKLER | THIS MINIMAL HOUSE

 

Make sure to PIN images in this post to save for next summer! Speaking of Pinterest, follow us as we start our fall favorites!

DIY MODERN WOOD PLAY SET | PHASE ONE

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If you've been following me on social media for awhile, I'm sure you've noticed that we're a big outdoors family. If we're home, nine times out of ten we are outside playing or riding dirt bikes. This spot in our yard has been vacant for a few months after removing our old play set that was so graciously handed down to us by my father in law. It was well loved for four years here (ten years at his house), but was quickly becoming a safety issue. The wood was rotting and on it's last leg. The floorboards could no longer hold a substantial amount of weight, and with four kids that became problematic. 

We have an extreme love for building and do it yourself projects, so we knew we wanted to tackle this diy play set ourselves. Sure there are plenty of play/swing sets on the market, but what we really wanted on top of building it ourselves, was for it to match the overall aesthetic of our home. There are plans in the works for the exterior of our home, and this modern twist on a play set fits the puzzle perfectly. 

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Scot always makes fun of me, because when we purchased our home, I was the only one to look at it. It was a complete blind buy on his part because he was at work! I still laugh about that to this day, because he completely and fully trusted my judgement, and boy have we put blood sweat and tears into this beautiful place we call home. One of my favorite things at first glance was this huge blooming tree to the left of the swing set. It's one of the first things you see when you pull into our home, and it's just magical.

Also because I don't always have time to photograph the step by step process, here's a fun video time lapse of what a normal building day looks like. 

I'm bummed that I didn't get to time lapse the side walls on the play set, but some form of technology is always dead around here. For now here's an up close photo of the sides completed. 

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The entire supply list, including price breakdown will be posted this week! Again, thank you so much again for stopping by and reading our little corner of the internet!