10 Affordable Light Fixtures from AMAZON!

I’m in love with Amazon. It’s the first place I look when I need anything from double-sided tape, to comfortable walking shoes to home decor. I am a big believer. And don’t get me started about prime. 2 days? Yes please

Affordable Amazon Lighting

Today I am going to share some of my favorite affordable Amazon light fixtures. (Post contains affiliate links) We moved into a home that was 15 years old so the lights were needing and update but I didn’t have the budget to go huge. Don’t underestimate the transformative power of lighting! Here are some of my favorites.

 

#1

When we moved in, our kitchen had pretty dated fixtures, so I was looking for an inexpensive solution that would lighten things up. I found this one for under $40! They were super easy to install and adjust to the length we needed and made a huge change from the dark ones that were there previously.

 

#2

Next up is the Dining Room light. I am so happy with this rustic light that gives a light airy, farmhouse feel, but is interesting and substantial. I love the edison bulbs for these types of fixtures. While they are a little pricier than standard bulbs, we have had ours for 2 years and haven’t had to replace any bulbs yet!

 

#3

My Boys room was blessed with a standard (inappropriate, haha) dome light. When I updated their room, it was begging for something more modern. This modern light is funky, fun and under $80 and so good! And it comes with bulbs, even better!

Entryway Lighting
 

#4

This Entryway Light was one of our first switches. I had it shipped and it arrived at our new house before we even closed on the house! Lighting makes such a huge impact, especially in the entry. This one is right around $100!

 

#5

I always dreamed of a Chandelier in my room when I was little, for under $70, this light is an easy choice. It has the option to be hardwired or plugged in which makes it double awesome.

 

#6

For our music room, I loved this light and airy fixture. The bulbs can be positioned to face up or down. While I couldn’t find this exact light on Amazon anymore, I found a similar one I love even more. I love the brass and I love the price. Under $80!

 

#7

This light is one that I chose for our powder room. I love the galvanized look! Under $70!

 

#8

I hung this next one in my laundry room, but I haven’t yet patched the holes that were left from the old florescent lights that were there before. No photo of the laundry room today, but this light is so pretty and freshens it up so much—-for under $60!

#9

I am hoping to update some bathrooms this year, so here I’ve got my eye on some new vanity lights. Isnt this one pretty? Under $60!

 

#10

I’ve got my eye on this one for my master bath. I love the wood and black pipe combo. I think it would be so pretty with a black rimmed mirror.

Well there you have it, 10 super affordable lighting options that can be at your door in 2 days! All but one are under $100! Changing out a fixture is a quick, easy, inexpensive way to change the whole feel of a room. This youtube video will show you how! Go get em!

Shared Boys Room- One Room Challenge Reveal!

6 weeks ago, I signed up for the Better Homes and Gardens One Room Challenge. It’s not a competition, just some motivation to start and finish a room within 6 weeks, with a bunch of other people doing the same!

I didn’t do anything too dramatic or expensive, mostly using things I already had, along with a some thrifted finds. Changing out a light, painting the walls, some DIY projects including some prints, vertical shiplap and an easy sign and the difference is night and day. I’m so happy with the change and even happier that it didn’t cost much!

Tween Boys Room
Tween Boys Room

I was supposed to post updates weekly, but I’m going to need to learn to love progress photos, because here we are at week 6 with my first and last post.

Teen Boys Room

I love to have my kids share a room. I have 2 girls and 2 boys and for now, we have a girl room and a boy room. Maybe they will grow out of it someday, but I grew up sharing a room with my sister who is still one of my best friends. Maybe those late night shenanigans had something to do with our friendship? I’m willing to bet on it.

Boy Room Decor

There are a million reasons why I like my kids to share rooms, but I won’t go into that. My goal was to make them a comfortable and cool space where they like to hang out. We’ve done bunk beds in the past and while they make a lot of sense, I have loved having individual beds. Sometimes, you just have to get in there for a snuggle and those top-bunkers always miss out on that. Never to old for a bedtime snuggle.

Boys Room Shared
Shared Boys Room

We started out by painting the walls Sherwin Williams Dover White, which is a warm white (we had to go warm because of our existing trim color). We rearranged the furniture over and over again until we finally settled on this arrangement. I normally wouldn’t put beds in front of a window, but this gave the most usable floor space and symmetry. I’m into symmetry.

Navy Boys Room
Boys Room

Then we switched out that old light for a modern update. We tried a couple of different options, but ended up being really happy with this option from Amazon. Such an improvement without a lot of cost.

Teen Boy Room
Teen Boy Room

We also decided we wanted an accent wall. We went with some vertical “shiplap” with 1/4 inch gaps for a clean and modern look. We used 1/4 inch underpayment material from Home Depot and had them cut it into 1/4 inch strips. We painted the accent wall Behr Marquee Unpredictable Hue. In the process, we removed and replaced the trim, which proved to be the tricky part. With some trial and error and a bit of caulk, we are happy with the outcome. I love white and crisp, but I am a big fan of a fun or funky accent too!

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This “Work Hard” sign came from a local shop, Artisign Designs. I love everything she does, you cant go wrong!

Some Ikea Lack shelves filled with thrifted treasures, favorite books and souvenirs is my favorite part.

Vertical Shiplap
Ledge Shelf Boys Room

Below are the sources for everything pictured.

Beds

Nightstands

Lamps

Light

Rug

Bedspreads

Sheets

Throw Blanket

Pillows

Curtains

Ledge Shelves

“Work Hard” Sign

Dresser

Wall Compass

Wall Map (similar)

Frames (24 x 36 available in store)

Night Sky Print

Eclipse Print

Paint Colors:

Accent Wall: Behr Marquee Unpredictable Hue

Main Color: Sherwin Williams Dover White

Plants: Home Depot

I had so much fun re-vamping this space and making it something my boys would love. Thanks for taking a minute to check it out. Be sure to check out some of the other awesome projects and inspiration at www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog

DIY Boho Wedding Reception

My beautiful baby sister was married last weekend.   Because of her new husbands job, they were either going to wait several months to get married, or pull of a DIY wedding in 5 weeks.  Can you guess which one they chose?     

DIY Boho Wedding Recption

The night after they decided to pull the trigger, we went for it.  We went shopping for all the things.  A dress, dresses for kids, ties, flowers, decorations.   By some miracle, we came home with a car filled with beautiful things and crossed almost everything off in one night.   That's my kind of night.  

It helps that she is the complete opposite of Bridezilla.  She has visions of a lots of greenery, a flowy, beautfiful dress and some boho vibes.   The next couple of weeks, we gathered often to make it all happen.

We did all the bouquets from artificial flowers.   That first night, we loaded a cart at hobby lobby during a 50% off florals sale.    We set up a little work station in my basement and had my sister send us her inspo photos.   None of us have any flower arranging experience, but I was surprised how fun it was.   We found tutorial for a floral crown and the bouquets were a little trial and error. Floral tape, clear elastics, wire cutters and scissors and we were feeling like a regular flower shop. It was so fun to see that shopping cart full of flowers come to life just like she imagined.   

I tested several cake recipes and this white cake recipe by A Bountiful Kitchen was the winner.  It was super flavorful and dense enough to stack.  I actually made and assembled the cake 2 weeks before and froze it tightly wrapped until the day before.   It worked perfectly! 

I made her buttercream recipe as well, but added seedless 100% raspberry preserves to the filling.    I am usually not a huge cake fan, but the little bit of leftover cake was calling to me for a couple of days afterwards.  It was pretty dang good.

This backdrop. My mom whipped it up.  What?   I know.   She has been playing around with macrame lately and we knew it would be perfect for a backdrop.  It turned out even more beautiful that I could have imagined.  It was a labor of love.  She swears youtube will teach everything you need to know about macrame, but she also has more skills than any human should possess, so I'm not sure I believe it.

My brother built the beautiful wooden stands and my mom and I arranged the flowers.    We just laid everything out on the floor and tweeked it until it was just the way we wanted it.   Then, we used zip ties to secure everything together.  Who knew zip ties were so handy?

My sister made this sign and another that directed guest to our backyard with a lighted path.  We used these shepherds hooks and more twinkle lights to create a pathway.   Someday I will get her to teach us how to make signs like this.  She's the master and they were so beautiful.

We did 2 of these backdrops made from embroidery hoops.  First, we hot glued some of the greenery we found at hobby lobby along with some delicate blush pink flowers onto the hoops.  Then, we laid the hoops out and arranged them until we loved it and zip tied them all together.  The second set of hoops also had twine strung in the middle and had photos of the bride and groom clipped across them.  Of course I didn't get photos.  Whoops. 

Like the macrame backdrop, it was hung on a beautiful wooden stand built by my brothers. I wish I had a million more photos.

For the tables, we used these beautiful candle holders we found on Amazon.  They are such beautiful quality--I was surprised at the value!    We also cut stumps of varying shapes and sizes, added strings of twinkle lights and some fresh greenery to each table.  

We bought 10 of these umbrellas and borrowed stands from family.  We knew the 100 degree heat would be tricky, so the umbrellas, along with popsicles passed out every 30 minutes were a huge help. 

Everything was so beautiful.  I was busy taking photos during the reception and planned to take some afterwards in the beautiful evening light, but we had a whole crew of people help take down before I had a chance.   A little bummed about the missed photos, but I was so thankful for the help!

The moral of the story is this:  There is nothing more rewarding than a little DIY.   Usually things aren't as difficult as we make them in our minds.  Sure, we could have paid someone to do all of these things, but working side by side with people I love to make this magic happen--those are some treasured memories.    The biggest reward?  Seeing the beautiful bride enjoying her perfect day.

5 Steps to Beautifully Stenciled Tiles

When we bought our home, I didn't love the basement.    It was a great room for kids to hang out, so it didn't need to feel like home, right?   Wrong.   Fast forward a year and a few baby steps and this room has become one of my favorites.   I love what a little paint and a little DIY can do. 

Just a few steps transformed this tile completely.   Gather your supplies and make a room you love

Here is a list of products you will need to get started (I have used affiliate links for the products I used):

TSP Cleaner

Primer

Masking Tape

Sanding Block

Roller and Foam Brush

Paint (I used leftovers.  Matte paint would be best-  I always love Behr from Home Depot)

Tile Stencil

Spray Adhesive

Small detail brush for touch ups

STEP 1: PREP

The first step is to clean your tile really well, using a heavy duty TSP cleaner (or similar).   Then using a sanding block, sand it to rough up the top, wipe it down once more with water and tape your edges.

STEP 2: PRIME

Using a good primer is super important.   You will need 2-3 coats just to be sure it all stays put.   I waited about an hour between coats and made sure the coverage was super even.  I used this Zinsser 1-2-3 from Home Depot because I prefer working with water based.   For priming, I use inexpensive brushes and plan to throw them away after use.

STEP 3: BASE COAT

I used some left over paint that I had from another project that was a satin finish, but everything I read says to use something matte.  Mine worked just fine, but if you are buying all new supplies, I would chose a flat, eggshell or even chalk paint.    I always swear by Behr Paint from Home Depot.  Amazing coverage, I wont ever use anything else!  I did 2 coats of the base color and let it dry overnight.

Base Paint: Behr Marquee - Crisp Linen - Satin

Base Paint: Behr Marquee - Crisp Linen - Satin

STEP 4: STENCIL

This is the big step and it was a little bit of a doozy.   When I started, I wasn't prepared with the right supplies.   First, choose a tile stencil.   I chose this one from Amazon and I was very happy with it.  Just be sure to order the correct size for your project.  My tiles are 12 inches, so I purchased the large size.

Again, I used leftover paint from another project (semi-gloss this time), but I think matte paint would have had less bleed.   I got started as soon as my stencil arrived, but I should have been prepared with the other neccesary supplies first.   They made a huge difference.

Stencil Paint Color: Behr Marquee - Unpredictable Hue - Semi Gloss

Stencil Paint Color: Behr Marquee - Unpredictable Hue - Semi Gloss

The thing the made the biggest difference is spray adhesive.  No matter how much tape I used, I could't get the lines as crisp as I hoped until I used adhesive. I gave it a good spray on the back every time before I set it down.  Game changer.

You can buy special stencil brushes and rollers too, but I think any small roller would work.  I preferred a small foam brush for the edges.  The trick is to barely use any paint.   You need to use a paper plate or something to off load the paint before applying in order to avoid the bleed around the edges.  You can go over the stencil several times to get the coverage you want, but the less paint on the brush, the better.

When I finished everything, I went around the edges with a small paintbrush to clean up with inevitable mistakes.   It wasa a little bit tedious but made the biggest difference. 

STEP 5: Top Coat

I knew I needed a UV resistant, non-yellowing topcoat that would protect and seal the paint.   Again, I went to my paint supplies and found what I needed.  I ended up using this Rustoleum Gloss in Clear.   I used 2 coats and I love the sheen it gave to the project and I think it's just the protection I was hoping for.   

It was a lot of work.  I like quick projects and this was more detail work than I imagined, but i am super happy with how it turned out.  If you have tile that could use a face lift, I say go for it!  

Wall Paint: Behr Marquee - Black Evergreen- Satin  Stencil Base Coat: Behr Marquee - Crisp Linen - Satin  Stencil Paint: Behr Marquee- Unpredictable Hue- Semi Gloss

Wall Paint: Behr Marquee - Black Evergreen- Satin

Stencil Base Coat: Behr Marquee - Crisp Linen - Satin

Stencil Paint: Behr Marquee- Unpredictable Hue- Semi Gloss