A Brighter Kitchen with Over Cabinet Lighting

Lighting Hack

I’m a big fan of indirect lighting in the kitchen. I especially love lighting over the cabinets – great for showcasing items displayed up there. Unfortunately when my apartment was rehabbed five years ago, this was not one of the features that was added. By using rope lighting and an extension cord, I was able to add it myself.

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The windowless kitchen in my apartment can get awfully dark. Adding this lighting brightens not just the top of the cabinets but also the ceiling and the corners. This gives the illusion of a bigger, taller space. And in my little apartment I appreciate any assistance making it seem bigger than it is!

I stretched the rope lighting around the top edge of the cabinetry and plugged it into an extension cord. There’s a gap between the wall and the cabinetry in one corner where I was able to drop the cord near an outlet. I chose a black extension cord that essentially blends with the chalkboard paint on the wall.

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