I have a recessed light in my kitchen that the wife wants replaced with a pendant light. It is on the first story of a two story home, so I have no way to get to the recessed fixture other than from the drywall side.

Any ideas on how to get the recessed fixture out and a box installed? The drywall ceiling has a knockdown texture and is kind of hard to patch and match, so a method that doesn't involve cutting the drywall would be helpful.