My kitchen has a big (4'x4' or so) square panel of flourescent lights
that I'd like to replace, with either track lights or a hanging fixture.
The trick is that my ceiling is "textured" with a heavy knockdown,
similar to the walls. From previous experience, I know I'm just not
very good at matching that texture (on walls, never mind a ceiling!).
So drywalling the hole doesn't seem like a very attractive option, given
the labor and likely result.
I've been thinking that some kind of decorative panel, with a hole in
the middle for the electrical box, might work.
I'm just a bit stuck on ideas past that - metal (some kind of
reflective?)? wood? plastic? how to hang it?
Any and all ideas and experience appreciated,
i think you're probably wise to go for contrast rather than blending in.
a stainless steel panel might look nice, if you like the restaurant kitchen
look, and would also reflect light back down. make it a bit oversized, with
screw holes pre-drilled to hit the nearest adjacent ceiling joists and screw
it directly to the studs. Pick your fastners carefully and make them part of
the "look" instead of trying to hide them.
if you want the deluxe version, you could have it made for you with built-in
pot racks or something, like those high end range hoods. if you're near the
coast, a metal shop serving the maritime industry can be a good source of
relatively inexpensive custom stainless steel fabrication, again if you like
the more "industrial" look. i recently had a boat shop make up a s.s. ship's
ladder for my sister's cabin for roughly 25% of what the architectural metal
if you want a more "traditional" look, i would suggest building up a ceiling
cove of some sort, with the lighting fixture centered. this could take
advantage of the hole where the fluorescent fixture was and be partially
recessed into the ceiling so that it doesn't look "tacked on." find a book
about plaster ceilings, and then replicate in wood. you could do this all
"on the ground" and then mount the whole thing as a single panel, again by
oversizing the "flange" portion that overlaps the existing ceiling and
allows you to screw the edges directly to the adjacent joists.
I did not patch the hole but left it recessed and put in cans. My neighbor
patched and put in cans and we both agree that mine it WAY cooler. The trick
to doing the knock down is using the spray texturing, not trying to mud
<< I've been thinking that some kind of decorative panel, with a hole in the
middle for the electrical box, might work. >>
You might get a novel effect using metal embossed ceiling panels like those
from www.mbossinc.com or www.abbingdon.com. Wide choice of metals from copper
to chrome could give you unusual results. HTH
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