So it’s late Sunday evening and after catching up on my writing, reading and whatnot, it’s time to turn in. But alas, my old, ugly kitchen fan is having none of that. To be fair, the thing has been on its last leg since we moved in four years ago but I’ve been holding out replacing it with the full knowledge a kitchen makeover was imminent.
Photo by Mae Hacking from our post, Renovating My Kitchen.
Well, it decided to kick the bucket in a non-lights out fashion; it wouldn’t turn off. The pull chord that turns the lights off just decided to not respond anymore. Imagine my delight and glee when I realize: blog fodder! Imagine my husband’s scornful look of “it’s 11:30 p.m. and I have a 5 a.m. flight in the morning.” As they say, two sides of the same coin...
So it started with, well let’s just take off this ball thing that holds the pull chord and see if we can get it to unstick. That didn’t phase the stubborn, I’m-going-out-with-a-bang fan. Next, it was a bad scene from Myth Busters where none of our theories panned out and we ended up painstakingly dismantling the entire fan bit by bit by (really dirty) bit.
Yes, he does love me! And thankfully, we did flip the breaker before taking metal pliers to the live wires;)
And now we have what my daughter refers to as a bat on our kitchen ceiling. My contractor had already suggested putting in four recessed lights in the area when we redo the kitchen but it’s pretty dim over that area right now and renovations are still about a month out. I must admit it does open up the kitchen so much more not having that ugly-as-sin fan dangling over the middle of the kitchen. But what should I do?
Isn't she the prettiest sight?!
As a side note, I’m not a fan of recessed lighting so if I can come up with something better in the meantime, then it might just replace that. Here is my kitchen floor plan (courtesy of the uber talented Bob Borson). The old fan placement is marked with an orange fan-type shape. My ceiling height is 8’5”. Any suggestions?