How To Fix Misplaced Pendant Lights

How To Fix Misplaced Pendant Lights

This light placement has frustrated us since we moved in, that's why we never installed pendant lights. The rough-ins should have been centered on the entire bar, but they were centered only on the cabinet side of the bar. Why?

This isn't rocket science, people... It should have been kind of obvious, right?  Well, Hubby and I have a solution! 

The plan was to create a "bulk head", because we didn't want to patch the old holes.... that would just mean patching, mudding and SANDING... in other words a HUGE MESS!!!!! No thank you!

Here is the plan drawn on the ceiling.  You can see the circles for the new light boxes.

Plans with new light location

Then we cut the circles out.  Now, you can totally see that the placement position is soooo much better!!

Centered light location on bar

Hubby built a frame that was going to house the light boxes and hold up the pendant lights. He's so smart with configuring this kind of stuff. 😍

Building bulkhead

We got it screwed into studs to give it the support it needs. Good Job, Honey!

Bulkhead screwed into ceiling

Next was drywall.  Hubs got it all ready before we installed the bulkhead on the ceiling.

Dry fit drywall for bulkhead

It's starting to look good! Next up.... patch the screws, a tiny bit of sanding, then some primer and crown molding.

Drywall installed onto bulkhead

I did have to piece the crown molding at the corner, but no one will really be looking there. And... my miters weren't the best, but nothing a little caulking can't fix!

I thought that would pretty much be it.  Maybe a little extra caulking around the edge, but no.... it looked terrible.  You can see the edge of the drywall isn't meeting the crown molding nicely. I tried caulking it, but it just looked messy and unfinished.

Unfinished edge needs trim

The solution, was to put a piece of small flat trim on the bottom to cover the edge.  Now, it looks much better!!

Trim covering drywall edge

Here are the pendant light fixtures and glass shades we chose.  Simple and classic.  If we ever want to we can change the glass shades to something else, it'll be a easy.

Pendant lights ready to install

Love love love this!!! It looks like it was meant to be there.  It goes right along with the cabinets in the background.

Pendant Lights Finished lights off

And now we have light!! This has brightened up the whole space, kitchen and dining area.

Pendant lights finished with lights on

So, this my friends, is how we fixed our off center pendant lights. 😁

How To Fix Off Center Pendant Lights



  1. Looks great. Has a custom feel now!! Good job :)

    1. Hi Eliesa! Thanks!! It works sooo much better now! Light everywhere!! :)

  2. Looks beautiful Lori. I wish I could hire you for some projects around our house! Good to see you posting again. Nana

    1. Hahaha! Thanks, Nana! I need a kick in the pants to get writing more!

  3. OMG. You guys are the most amazing DIYers!!! LOVE your blog. I just hope you posted more often, like everyday. ;)


    1. Hey Kez! Thanks! IK.... I need to write more... It's just so hard to spend so much time on the computer! :/ Need to buckle down! Thanks for the encouragement

  4. Hello! Nice work! We are having our cabinets painted soon with that same paint. On a scale of 1 to 10 how much sanding did it require to get your canines ready?

    1. I lightly sanded, I would say probably on a scale of 2-3. Not much really. The primer is the key! Thanks for reading!


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