When I conducted my reader survey at the beginning of the year, 100% of readers responded in being interested in seeing more lifestyle and home content. I was secretly thrilled because I adore the never-ending process of making this house our home and I’m more than happy to share what I’m learning along the way!
So I thought I would kick-off this new blog category with a super simple DIY project I recently completed in our kitchen. We live in an adorable 1939 Cape Cod, which means there is a long list of improvements we’d like to finish around the house. So any project that adds a nice homey touch that I can do by myself during nap time, and is less than $55 is just about perfect.
I got the idea from the blog Nesting with Grace – Brooke also has a sweet little Cape Cod, and I just love her cozy, kid-friendly style! I ordered enough puck lights for under each of our kitchen cabinets, along with lots of AAA batteries (each light takes 3 AAAs). Here you can see how our cabinets looked before I installed the puck lights:
But when I installed (and by “installed” I mean I stuck the 3M tape on the light and then stuck it to the bottom of the cabinet) them, I did not like the coolness of the lights at all. I’m as adamant about the temperature of our lightbulbs (2700K – 3000K, please!) as I am about insisting there is a right and wrong way to put toilet paper on the holder. I prefer a warmer, come-hither glow from our light sources. And even if I wasn’t arguably insane, the coolness of the under cabinet lights looked strange when the other warmer light sources were on too. The photo makes it look much less stark than it is in person:
I couldn’t find any warmer replacement puck lights, so I started thinking of options for a super easy and inexpensive hack. Luckily, as a photographer, I thought pretty quickly of the color correction filters. And for less than $7, I found the solution: a Rosco Cinegal #3408 Filter in 1/2 CTO (also available on Amazon).
You can purchase the film in various depths of color, but I found the 1/2 to achieve the perfect warm glow. Also, you will have a ton of the filter leftover, so you could share with a few friends and bring your cost down even further.
I just popped off the light cover and cut out imperfect circles to fit inside the light. And voila! Puck lights that give off a warm and inviting glow. You can push the lights on or use the remote that came with the lights. I love the remote because you can also choose to dim the lights – I find that 40% strength is perfect – and set a timer.
I love how cozy this makes our kitchen feel and Mike likes the practicality of not needing to turn on the overhead lights in the mornings to get a cup of coffee. Checking both the practical and coziness boxes on a home improvement project makes for a happy husband and wife!
Here you can see all the photos together – no under cabinet lights, the 4000K lights out of the box, and the warm glow hack – which do you prefer?