Industrial Lighting Upgrade Over the Mantel

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This post is sponsored by National Builder Supply and my opinions are my own. I was compensated with product from Kichler Lighting. 

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 Above: My new Kichler Braelyn Pendants, from National Builder Supply. We LOVE them!

I would have never guessed that ten years after building my beloved home that I would be so nitpicky over it’s original design.

But over time, my inner perfectionist reared her ugly head. Here are the things that I would have done differently ten years ago.

  • Stone fireplace. I wish I would have installed a white, wooden mantel instead of stone. This thought crosses my mind often. Maybe it’s just because I’m ready to lighten up my house with whites.
  • Siding. Thank you, windstorms for showing me the not-so-cool side of homeownership my first year here. After the warranty expired.
  • Textured Ceilings – I do recall when skimcoat was considered a pain at one time too. So textured ceiling it was.
  • Purple Plum Trees – did you know that they have a short life span? Only now do I know this, after it’s become one of the prettiest and largest trees in the neighborhood. This actually makes me a little sad. It’s not doing too well.
  • Oak cabinetry–everywhere.  *sigh*

But there are easier fixes. Right? So you pick your battles. And here is what fell into the crosshairs.

These googley-eyed mantel lights that have been staring back at me.  For 10 years. 

mantel lighting before

 I see a face. Don’t you? Or am I just paranoid? 

Never once did I tell my kids about my hidden talent for seeing faces in everything. Even on cars. But one day, Avery said, “doesn’t that car looks happy?” It was that moment that I realized that I passed down the special face-detection-in-inanimate-objects ‘gene’.  And the kids? They saw this face too. It was “surprised”.

(In case you don’t understand my googley-eyed mantel reference, here is where it comes from).


 So one night while sipping wine…I sat back and watched the transformation.
replacing the light
These pretty pendants are only $110.00 each. We wanted something simple that would enhance the aesthetic of the mantel.
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What a difference this made. Now it was more “mood” lighting than the harsh light from the builders grade version.
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I tried to dress up the mantel prior to choosing lighting.  But, it needed something more.
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The bronze finish of the Kichler Braelyn pendants gave it exactly the right touch of industrial-vintage.  We still have a couple of things we’d like to do to the mantel, but for now, we are extremely happy with our choice of lighting.
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 Ok, well….we LOVE them.
What do you think? We absolutely love the industrial look.

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  1. Really nice change. Love the lights. Did you use a transition kit for pot lights or just switch out the whole light?