Our brand new home, like so many new homes these days, didn’t have a main fixture in the breakfast room.  Just recessed lights.   The builder said it was because they aren’t sure just where new home owners will place the table.  Perhaps.  Though in our plan, with a window on each side, it’s pretty clear where the table should be placed.


I thought that was the finishing touch this room needed – a chandelier over the table! So, I hired Bryant Electric to come out and install a box in that ceiling so I can then install the chandelier.

Getting ready to put the box in!

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They are installing a switch on the wall.

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And, here they are cutting the hole for the new ceiling box – perfectly centered between the two windows. However, it happens to be right next to the recessed light.

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See what I mean!  That’s not going to be pretty.  A chandy with a recessed light RIGHT next to it.

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We could pay to remove all wiring and then pay another contractor to cover over it with sheetrock/ texture/ paint.  This would add about $150-200 to the original price tag.   Not going to happen.  So, we got creative.

We chose to disable the recessed light and use a 24 inch medallion on the ceiling to cover that hole.  This would also allow us to put the recessed light back in should we ever want to do so.

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Where did we get the chandy?  Off of Craigslist.  It’s the Bellina chandelier from Z Gallerie.   We’ll show you the whole room soon!   My husband says the chandelier is now his favorite thing in the house.

I have to take the time to brag on Bryant Electric.  They were awesome.  Very reasonably priced.  Got the job done fast.  Communicated clearly.  There were no surprises.  Called to follow up.  Just excellent service!  I will be using them again.  I encourage anyone else in Austin to reach out to them if you need electricians.

Have you run into issues like this that you’ve had to solve creatively?