My $1.08 Wall Sconce Revamp

When we bought our house in January, it was chock-full of HORRIBLE lighting. Think ceiling fans in every room of the house {including the kitchen}. We splurged on a Moravian Star Pendant for the front porch, and this ahhhmazing drum pendant for the Master bedroom from World’s Away, so that kinda ate up the whole lighting-replacement-fund.

Ha! Like there was a lighting replacement fund…. Sorry, Ryan!

Anyway, back to the horrible lighting. We have two sconces in the dining room that the previous owners apparently thought had “Craftsman Charm”, but kind of look like they belong outside. Since there are zero dollars left for lighting replacement, I stole a dollar from Grayson to revamp them.

Not really,

But seriously…The kid has more money than us in his piggy bank right now

So, here’s where we started:


First try in January.


The gold and white looks FAB when the lights are off, but give off a dingy “someone-smoked-in-this-house-since-1972-yellow” tone when they’re switched on. No dice.

Today’s Update:



The new watercolor-esque shades give off the most *gorgeous* pinky glow, and were super easy to make!  All you need is an ugly wall sconce, a sturdy vinyl plastic place mat from Target {you know….the ones you always walk by and think “Cute, but who in the heck uses plastic place mats?”} {both the pink and gold were made from these!}, and staples. Roll the place mat into a cylinder big enough to fit around the original shade {so you don’t get burnt plastic}, staple at the top and bottom, and… Voila!

Instant, under a dollar redo.


{I caught these on clearance for .54 each!}


This mantle redo actually spurred the new sconces:

Moving the giant painting to the dining room made such an amazing impact in both rooms.  It opened up the entry and grounded the dining room. Love it!

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Living in a 100 year old home with a toddler OR Flat vs Semi-Gloss paint

I love old houses. Crooked doorways with crystal knobs, kitschy cutouts in walls, and slightly slanted floors that marbles roll across are my jam. Typically, since these  houses have “textured” {aka patched, cracked, or otherwise imperfect} plaster walls, owners paint the walls a nice, neutral color in a flat finish to hide irregularities. But seriously, does any other Bungalow owner have a VERY messy 2 year old?

Fingerprints. Are. Everywhere.

I wipe down the walls in our hall at least 3 times per week, and there are still always smudges { or streaks where I just wiped away smudges}. Gross. Right?

I remember my dad having to paint our hall at least once per year growing up, but there were 6 kids, 3 dogs, 5 bunnies, a turtle, and several fish in my childhood home. Also known as Entropy: Defined.

So…Imperfections vs. dirt?  Dark vs. light colors? Anyone?

And yes, I still Hate My HallwayBlog1