How to love your ugly light fixtures for less than $30!

I’ve mentioned before that we never wanted to build a house. It was not on either of our bucket lists, and the decision to build was only made because honestly, there wasn’t another reasonable choice. (You can read about the house already on property where we lived/camped during the building process here) We wanted to live on this ranch, to be good stewards of this property, and we wanted to be able to do that everyday. (Read my favorite post, How We Got Here for the full backstory)

When we realized that being here on this blessed property meant *gulp* we would have to build our house, we dreaded making all the choices that go along with a new build. Of course, it was mostly pleasant and like we always knew, it’s not really about the house and all it’s bells and whistles anyway.

Throughout the whole process, the only choices we made with true reluctance were our light fixtures. We just didn’t like any of them. Oh sure, you can have any light fixture in their whole showroom…..for thousands extra. Looking to keep a reasonable mortgage? You silly, you can only choose from the, “bug bowl collection”. Ahhh yes, crispy bugs in all my light fixtures totally fits my style. One in every room please!

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It’s especially appetizing to look up at all the crispy gnats, communally entombed above the place you eat. Mmmm. As a solution to this (complete first world) problem, for my dining room, I purchased 5 of these small lamp shades from Wal-Mart.

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Quick side note, Wal-Mart has really upped their game in the home decor department. If you’re looking for something for your home, looking at Wal-Mart is not as bottom of the barrel as your high school former self might believe. They even offer 2-day shipping, or ship to store if you order online. We ordered a full sized mattress and box spring from Walmart.com and it showed up at our front gate in 2 days. The world we live in!

I purchased my shades in store, and I believe I paid $4.88 each for them. If you order online, they’re only $3.29! If you have five lights like me, that’s less than $20 to change the whole look of that light.  Buy some here.

These are actual lamp shades, so they look like this inside.

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This worked with my light fixture since it matched up well with our lightbulbs. If you’re using chandelier/candelabra bulbs (they are pointed on top and look like a flame) then you may have a smaller spot to screw in your bulb. (don’t worry, there’s a solution for that!)

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That’s it! I think it makes a huge difference, and I like it so much better now. Plus, the added bonus of it being inexpensive and pretty darn easy.

If you’re looking to complete this project but have a smaller spot to screw in your bulbs (is there an actual term for that “spot”?) , you may need actual Chandelier Shades. The inside of those shades uses a piece that clips onto the light bulb. Here’s some linen, and burlap shades I like from Amazon. (click on photo for link)

                       

 

I also LOVE these from ShadesofLight.com. They come in 9 different colors, and are a little bit of a splurge at $19 each.

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Now, I’m coming for this crispy bug filled, weird boob-looking entry light next:

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I just love using the ladder to scoop…err, wipe…out the bugs. (How can you clean those things?!) Who are we kidding, I never get out the ladder and this chore never gets completed. Welcome home, bugs!

I can’t wait to show you what we have planned for this light! We are still working on the logistics, but it involves a piece of a washing machine. Sounds crazy, but I think it just might work…..

I hope you can use this idea in your home to make the most of what you have! Please let me know if you try it out, I would love to see it!

Find your adventure,

Steph

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year mom! …er, I mean, everyone who reads…(I know it’s just you, mom. Love you. ) We had a nice, relaxed Christmas at my parent’s house, and traveling some. We slept late, wore pjs, baked, played and napped. It was just what a break should be.
Here we are ringing in the new year in the house! We woke up the kids, drove over and celebrated 2017 with hugs and kisses and some tears. It was really special and sweet.
But just like all good things, it came to an end. Back to the ranch, back to school/work, back to routine. I wasn’t really dreading it. I wasn’t looking forward to it either, but it’s nice to go back to a schedule. Here’s the progress on the house. We are still hoping for a January close, and we are, well, I’ll just speak for myself, I am ready.
Here’s the door with the second coat.
Here’s Brian’s sink with fixtures added. Question: are everyone’s towel rings hung to the left? All of ours are hung that way, and I’m not sure I’ve ever noticed a towel ring’s placement before. Seriously, tell me.

 

The master shower is tiled, and we are waiting on the door.
This is what we call the, “built in hutch”. It’s in the kitchen, and will be next to the fridge. I’m planning to use this area as a coffee bar. This photo shows the hardware that was just put on this week.

 

                            The stove and microwave are across from the island/my sink.

 

We are shopping around for pendant lights to hang above the island. There will be three of them.

We are considering these from Lowe’s. We also found some on Amazon that are a similar style, and similarly priced, but that I think I may like a tad better.

 

 

Here’s the amazon version:
Let me know what you think, or make a suggestion!
It’s getting harder to resist shopping for new things for the house now that it really looks so much like a real, real house and we’re getting so close. Trying to wait until we move in, but the list of things I think I’ll “need” is growing….rug, barstools, mirrors for the master, book shelf, sectional…..stay strong Steph! I would really like to focus on what we have, and being grateful. We have been living with so much less, but I’m sure it would be easy to go right back to accumulating things.
Thanks for reading mom, I mean, everyone. XO
(Originally Published January 6, 2017)