I wish, when we built our home, that we had the option to make really custom changes to it. However, we went with a “big box” sort of builder who wants to build fast and gives you little options for customization. It is what it is… and now, I’m forced to be creative with the things that we couldn’t get.
One of those things that I have wanted is over and under cabinet lighting. But, we don’t have any extra electrical in the walls of the kitchen to pull from and I didn’t want to lose any of my existing outlets to get cabinet lighting. So, here’s where it gets fun.
I saw on Pinterest that someone had used rope lighting as over cabinet lighting and put it on a timer so it came on at dusk. Great idea! So, I went out in search of rope lighting. I have 25 feet of over cabinet space to fill and the rope lighting at the hardware store was a little more than I wanted to pay. Fast forward to last week… I’m in Wal-Mart doing some grocery shopping and I wandered through the garden section which is now quickly becoming the Christmas section. Eureka! Rope lighting for $6 for 18 feet…. Wha!?!? Needless to say, I snatched that up.
Now, I only have to figure out how to get some under cabinet lighting. That’s where Costco comes in…
I’m in Costco waiting out the 1 hour and 20 minutes that the tire place says it will take them to rotate and balance my tires. (It ended up taking them 2 hours but that’s neither here nor there.) I hadn’t even thought of checking Costco for under cabinet lighting! I found self-adhesive puck lights — adhesive, batteries, and all — for $28 (for 12 lights)!!
Now, I have all I need…
Looking back, I should have splurged the extra $3 and gotten the LED rope light from Wal-Mart. That way, both lights (when on at the same time) would have that cool white color. But, ah well…
I had to purchase these staples (below) to attach the rope lights to the top of the cabinets since the self-stick clips that came in the box were not sticking properly.
After attaching the lights above and below, I adhered the puck lights switch to the inside of one of the cabinets and I was done! Easy peasy!!
You can see in the below picture how the under cabinet lights look when they are on.
I really love it as a low-cost temporary fix!!