We first installed battery operated LED puck lights underneath the cabinets after our kitchen remodel but they ended up not being very practical.  The lighting was dim and more of a spotlight on a focused area.   I see the importance of having a lighting plan in place when approaching a remodel.  It’s much easier to install wired lighting while things (cabinets, back splashes, etc) are torn apart than once it is all put back together.   However, if you are like me and realized this after the fact, or maybe you are renting and cannot install hard wired lighting, this solution works MUCH better than our previous solution.

Ikea has several options for under the cabinet lighting but we selected the LEDBERG.   It is a $15 strip of LED lights that can be connected together (up to 4).  These strips plug in and have an on/off switch at the base .   Installation hardware (plastic clips and screws) is included in the package.   They are bright, don’t make any noise, and are easy to turn on and off.  I LOVE having this extra lighting. It makes such a difference when cooking and using the counter top but it also provides a lovely glow at night to be able see in the kitchen without turning on the overhead light.

I hid the wires and switch using Velcro so they are out of sight.   Of course, since they are not hard wired, they do take up a slot in the outlet, but that’s okay in my space.  These lights would work well in other areas of the home too, i.e. bookshelves, closets. I want to put them everywhere!


Here’s a small update on the office built-ins (see more about them here) which finally have their finishing touches.   There were two pieces of wood molding that needed to be added to each side to close off that small gap between the shelves and the wall that you can see here on the far right.

I also chose cabinet door knobs from Anthropologie.   I love sparkle and I love natural stone so I went with the druzy quartz knobs.

Each one is unique due to the natural variations of crystals. Two of mine sparkle a little more than the other two so I paired those together on the right set of shelves.

That wraps it up for now! We are enjoying our ‘new’ office!



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