Safety tip: remember to shut off your power! When I took down the light fixture this is what I found. I have a feeling that this isn't up to code.
I'm pretty sure there needs to be a box in there to corral the cords and we didn't find one. We ended up taking out more drywall above the hole and followed the cord and stud upwards. I also took the staples out that were holding the wire in place [it wasn't going through the wire though, no worries].
We then bought a junction box for $3 and ran the wires through it. The box is typically attached to the stud but the stud was not centered on the wall. That means that my light fixture wouldn't be centered over the sink and I wasn't willing to accept that. Again, I don't know that this was the right way to fix the problem but
Next, Oscar added drywall around the box. It isn't finished here but he was just adding the piece so I could add the backplate that came with the fixture. The sooner we could do that, the sooner I could get the light up and turn the power back on. The sun was going down so we knew that we would have to finish the next day.
The next day Oscar finished fixing the drywall. Well, mostly fixing it. It needs to be sanded and could use another coat but there's so many other parts of the walls that need attention, I don't mind waiting to the end of the makeover to deal with it.
Ahhh!! I love it! Originally, I was looking at lights around $60 but realized that many of them were 3 lights and might look dinky in this four foot space above the sink. I am so glad I sprang for a four light fixture. If you were interested, we found this one at Lowes. I like the price and the simplicity. And I'm very surprised at how just moving up the light fixture a few inches made such a difference. There was a lot of wasted space on that wall and the change really takes advantage of the area.
All in all, this project took us about two hours. Keep in mind that includes a trip to the hardware store [which was distracted by redbox and beer buying], numerous trips up and down steps to retrieve tools, and an argument that may land us in marriage counseling. I kid, I kid. Kind of ;)