Happy Monday! I am excited to check in with some updates on the deck for the One Room Challenge! Today is all about the lighting. When I am thinking about changing a space, I go through this list of items that will make a big impact:
- paint/wall treatment
- flooring (carpet, wood, laminate)
- plants or any live element (flowers)
- textiles (throws, pillows, drapes)
I can’t change the wall color or treatment, so I am trying to work on every other element. And my goodness! That light needed replacing! Rusted, too small, and outdated (with a million dead bugs inside). When we first moved in forever ago, I wanted to change the light, but we never got around to it. Finally I made time to change it! I searched online and couldn’t find something that was in my budget (less than $50) and that I loved. I went to Home Depot and had the same issue. Then I went to Lowes and found a great option for $49.99. Here she is all lit up at night:
I love the black finish, the seeded glass, and that it comes with an Edison bulb. The other lighting update we did was putting up outdoor globe lights (we used these ones from Amazon for $17.99 a strand. We used two of the 25′ long strands).
They are awesome at night- the ambiance is unreal! It gives the illusion that there is a ceiling in the space and makes it more intimate and festive feeling. They are installed with cup hooks put into the wood and onto the overhang. The lighting for the deck cost $85, but so far, has made one of the biggest changes. I have always wanted globe lights and it has been fun to make that dream a reality, and it was pretty affordable!
In other news, the carpet is finally installed! While my husband was putting it in, all of the deck items were brought inside so our living looked a bit scary…
But isn’t this much nicer than unmatched wood or carpet with a hole in it?!
My husband used glue to adhere it and then a razor blade to cut off the excess. It is a higher quality of carpet than we had before and we are loving it!
It is finally looking less like a construction zone out there and more like a space you want to hang out in! I need to replace the orange cord in the back with a black or white indoor cord (that’s how the lights are plugged in). I’ve started gathering some accessories for the deck, so consider this your official sneak peek 🙂
The to do list is getting shorter and I am thinking we will need to have a party to celebrate this space getting complete! I am so happy that I am getting to the fun part!
and here is the first week’s progress (and embarrassing mistakes)
here is my how to on making a pillow cover and the rug reveal:
Thanks for following along!