The owners of this home wanted to make the kitchen a comfortable place for everyday use, starting with correcting some obvious lighting problems.The pendant lights were too bright and caused a glare on the kitchen surfaces.I am pretty sure a large percentage of houses built in the late 80s and early 90s have a large fluorescent fixture in the kitchen.Back then, they were considered the most efficient way of throwing large amounts of light. (I would strongly suggest professional assistance when removing the old hard wired lamps and replacing them.) Of course if you are comfortable with electrical work, you may be able to tackle installation of all next fixtures.In addition, the glass-front cabinets have wood shelves, so only the top shelf got light.To update the lighting in the kitchen, the bulbs in the pendant lights were replaced with frosted bulbs, an inexpensive way to reduce the glare and soften the lighting in the eating area.Our house was built in the mid-1980’s, and had fluorescent lighting in the kitchen and bathrooms.These lights are not only unflattering, but in our house they were also falling apart.
Then get some LED rope lights and just stuff the rope lights down into the pocket. Yes, they are still almost 30 year old fake wood laminate.To brighten the dark cabinets, the wood shelves were replaced with glass ones.Now the light is able to stream all the way through the cabinet and give them a warm glow.I took a look around his mid-1980’s brick home to see what all needed to be done.We definitely decided to lighten up all the paint throughout and the unfortunate wallpaper that was installed over 10 years ago had to go.