Hanging Two Oversized Glass Kitchen Pendants

I like big globes and I cannot lie. You other brothers can’t deny. When a light walks in with an itty bitty waist…

… and a round thing in yo face you get sprung. At least I do. John just gets all blown out and looks angelic.

The purpose of that photo was actually just to show you why we picked the height that we did. The common pendant light recommendation is to hang it 30″ above the top of the counter (from the top of the counter to the base of the pendant), but we went 31″  because my tall hubby didn’t want those round things in his face obstructing the view. It’s so nice to have some proper lighting above the peninsula since that part of the room has been super dark. As we mentioned yesterday, they were $60 each at a local lighting outlet, which made buying two of them cheaper than the actual retail price of one (they’re $129 a pop here).

Of course we still have some holes to spackle (five to be exact), but things are definitely looking up!

As in, I can’t stop staring up at them. And John’s been ogling them too.

The lights, not the holes.

I’ve got holes. In different area codes… area codes. Remember that song anyone? Apparently I’m in a singing mood today. I blame it on the eh-eh-eh-eh-electrical. Blame it on the eh-eh-eh-eh-electrical.

Ok, I’m done now. Promise.

Anyway, this is a shot to show you that we still have a light over the fireplace to switch out. It’s actually perfectly centered on the fireplace as you face it, although the angle of this pic makes it look all sorts of wonky. This is a pendant that broke pretty soon after moving in so we haven’t used it for about half a year. Can’t wait to hang something better suited to the chill-zone by the fireplace. Maybe a big ol’ drum pendant that’s only dropped a few inches from the ceiling so it’s high enough for anyone 6’4″ and under not to bump their heads (that’s the tallest person we know, haha). So yeah, along with spackling holes and getting a pendant for over the sink, this guy’s on the lighting agenda too.

But back to the globes. We actually installed a dimmer switch yesterday, which is awesome because we can blast them all the way up or lower them for we’re-just-eating-spaghetti-but-let’s-fancy-things-up ambiance. We’d love to get LED bulbs for our pendants (they’re compatible with CFLs, halogens, incandescents, and LEDs, which is nice) but since we have a dimmer switch, we have to find special LEDs that work with a dimmer. We’ll keep you posted.

Update: we’re getting lots o’ comments asking if we’ll be ORBing the stools – we’re actually going to wait for the dark cork floors to go in before making any decisions on them either way since that could be a game changer. Oooh cliffhanger…

Here’s how things look in the other direction. See how a big drum shade might be nice for that cozy corner by the fire?

Mmm, let’s get a little closer, shall we?

Update: We gave edison bulbs a try and they were reallllly yellow in our room (maybe with white counters they’re not the best idea since they left ours looking dirty?) – we also gave clear bulbs a try but they cast a bunch of harsh shadows on the ceiling, so we prefer the frosted guys we have here for now – although we’re definitely still looking into dimmable LEDs!

In the words of sandwich-loving Joey Tribbiani: how you doin?

Oh and see that nice big chunk of sunny grellow wall between the fridge and the half wall into the dining room? We want to get a nice big piece of art for that spot. So we’re on the prowl. Will keep ya posted on that too.

When we were reconfiguring the kitchen we talked about putting an upper cabinet there but knew that the peninsula would feel so much more open to those sitting there (especially the person on the end) if they weren’t staring at the side of a cabinet. It’s actually an area where we do a lot of prepping now, so we love that it’s open. It’s hard to explain, but it feels more like a room and less kitchen-y, in a good way. Just sort of casual and airy and not too wood-riddled.

Anyway, next on the ol’ kitchen list is patching those holes (we’ll share all the spackle-tastic details) and hanging (and building in) our craigslist range hood. Then we finally get to add the open shelves that I’ve been over the moon to “meet” since about four months ago when we decided to go for it. We’ve been keeping all of our dishes/plates/cups in a lazy susan cabinet in the corner by the stove, and while it works okay, open shelving will be approximately 957 times more convenient. Yes, I’m a complainer about turning the lazy susan one way to get a dish and having to spin it the other way to get a cup. Plus after we get the shelves made and hung and painted I get to put pretty vases and containers and frames up there along with all of our everyday dishes. Maybe even a ceramic animal or two if I’m feeling crazy. And let’s face it, I’m pretty much always feeling crazy.

Speaking of which, remember my whole self-imposed “Dude, Get On That Already” challenge?

How is it already Wednesday and I have yet to tackle something? Come on $herdog, you said once a week you’d get on that. So GET ON THAT, ALREADY! Hopefully I’ll have a little update for ya tomorrow. Anyone care to join me and share what you’ve done tomorrow morning?

So in summary: work continues and we’re all over the place as usual. Hah. What are you guys up to today?


  1. Monika says

    So unbelievable! I’m in love and can’t wait to put up our lights (also globes! great minds think alike). If it’s not too much bother, for point of reference purposes, could you tell us how tall is your penninsula and how tall is your ceiling? The lights seem to be quite a bit above the counter (in a good way). Oh and what light bulbs are you using?

    • says

      Our peninsula is standard counter height (not bar height) – so what is that? 36″ or 38″ – and our ceilings are 8′ tall. Hope it helps! We’re just using regular 60 watt incandescents but would love to switch to CFLs or LEDs that work with our dimmer if we can find ’em!


  2. Kristin says

    Love those pendants! I’m in search of some cheap-ish ones myself.. Let’s just say we’re ballin’ on a budget. Nice work Petersiks!

  3. nancyo says

    Your final kitchen post may garner more interest than the final series of Harry Potter.

    People will be waiting by their computer for the final blog post reveal.

    Maybe there will be people wearing soda t-shirts, stroking penny tile with white cermanic animal and spray painting something in anticipation of the final reveal?

  4. says

    Love the idea of a drum shade in the nook! This week, I picked my project for the next Pinterest challenge…drum shade pendant type things for the kitchen.

    I just shared an progress(?) update on my out of control space on my blog. I’ll be sure to share the link tomorrow when you share your “Look what I did” progress :) So much more motivation when you know someone else is going through the same thing!

  5. says

    Those look (wait for it…) amazeballs! I’ll admit that I was curious as to how they would look when you posted just the globes yesterday, but the end result is nothing short of fantastic.

  6. Kacie says

    Looks awesome! Jocelyn, I’m doing the same chant in my head: “New floors, new floors.” Those are going to be the detail that tie this kitchen into a beautiful, grellow & white- animal-bedecked bow. Love the space so far!

  7. says

    I never thought I’d use the word “sexy” to describe a light fixture, but I just can’t help myself. Those are easily the sexiest globes I’ve ever seen.
    (Yes. That’s what *I* said.)

    xoxo Linda

  8. says

    Those pendants make me so excited to get ours hung in the living room (we’ve had them sitting in their boxes for a month b/c my husband is a little scared to DIY electrical work). We have very similar but slightly larger globe pendants with Edison bulbs to replace 2 hideous white & gold ceiling fan light fixtures in the living room. Cannot wait to say goodbye to those ugly lights for good!

    Your kitchen just keeps getting better and better.

  9. says

    These pendants were such a game changer. It really brought your kitchen up to the next level–so did the backsplash. And painted cabinets. Ya know. I can’t wait to see what you do as far as ART goes. You know that’s my thing. Are you gonna do something yourself?

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