Five years ago, we bought a home that was built in 1985. I hear you gasping in horror upon hearing this news while looking at the image above. Long story short, it was in our budget and we had to run with it. My son was a year old at the time, so we wanted to do something cheap and fast to make the kitchen a little less dated.
We painted the cabinets, added hardware, and bought cheap Ikea flooring to hide the linoleum floor. But the thing we just couldn't figure out what to do with was the light fixture. Five years later, we finally decided to tackle it. Originally, we were going to take it out, patch it up, and add recessed lights in it. Problem was, we would've been left with an awkward rectangle dip in the ceiling. When I told our friend Marco that we were just going refinish it the way it was, he wasn't having any of it. He rushed over and told us, "You need to cover the rectangle hole and level the ceiling."
"What?! We can't do that!" my husband and I exclaimed.
"Sure you can!" Marco said.
"Ummmmmm. Okay," we said with nervous looks on our faces.
With a strict budget, a few tools, and a friend, we were able to pull it off.
Did you catch that? No more hideous rectangle, flourescent light fixture on the ceiling. Here, maybe a side-by-side comparison will help.
And here's what they did:
Take out 1985 light fixture. Left with rectangle hole.
Cut out a whole in ceiling where light fixture was to make room for recessed lights.
Have friend help you build a frame for weird-ass rectangle hole in ceiling.
Have two people attach heavy-ass drywall to frame in ceiling.
Tape the seams and mud, sand, mud, sand, and mud and sand.
Cover area with plastic sheets before sanding and re-texturize ceiling. (Looks like a scene from Dexter. Yowsers.)
Install lights. I don't have a shot for that because I decided to go to lunch with my friends.
Altogether, the floors, paint, hardware, drywall, and lights came to $1100.00. Our budget was $1000.00, but I won't complain.
There you have it folks. You can de-80-fy your home... a little bit.