Mason Jar Vanity Light Update

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This was by far one of the simplest DIY updates I’ve ever done. The current vanity light fixtures we have are mosaic looking. Although pretty, they are definitely NOT my style! We have this vanity fixture above all the bathroom sinks in our home (which is 4.) I wanted something simple, affordable and pretty especially since I have to update four of them. I had considered just changing out the glass but it still would have come out to $30 a fixture! This cost me $13 per fixture!!!! You read that right, $13! I didn’t use any power tools and I didn’t do any electrical work!

Seriously… Why didn’t I do this sooner?!

What you’ll need: 

  • Hammer
  • 1 Nail
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Mason Jars (Make sure it’s wide-mouth – to fit the light bulb)
  • Vintage Edison Bulbs (I got the good ole Great Value- Walmart brand)
  • Threaded Socket Rings (To hold the mason jar lid- 1 per bulb that you have)
  • Sharpie

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How to do it:

  1.  Remove your current glass shades. As you are removing this you will need to remove the threaded socket rings which typically holds the glass shade in place. IMG_4428
  2. Trace the outer smaller side of the threaded socket ring onto the lid of a mason jar with a sharpie. IMG_4421
  3. Take a nail onto the line you drew and hit it through with a hammer. Continue all the way around the circle.
  4. DO NOT PUSH THE CIRCLE WITH YOUR FINGER! It’s very sharp and can cut you. To break the in between spaces I used a flat-head screw driver. Which worked out great cause I used the flat-head to bend back a few spots that I had trouble with.
  5. Push up the mason jar lid around the light socket and put the threaded socket ring under it to keep it in place.
  6. Replace the light bulb. (Could be used with normal ones but I like the Edison look more!) IMG_4429
  7. Screw the glass mason jar on.
  8. Repeat steps for the rest of the bulbs.
  9. TA-DA! New light fixture!!!

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Note: You may need to purchase threaded socket rings if your current vanity light does not have them, it costs $4 for two at HomeDepot. My fixture was already silver so I did not have to paint mine – you could do a rustic bronze or flat black if you’d like!

Please excuse the lighting, I did this late at night and once the lights were out the flash was needed! Also, it’s not THIS yellow, the Edison bulbs do have more of a yellow tone to them than a typical LED or soft white lightbulb, but these pictures do make it look more yellow than they actually are!

So simple, such a huge difference!!! Now I have to do 3 more around my house! 🙂

PAINT YOUR FLOORS!

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Let me just start by saying I HATED our old floors… Hate is a strong word but it’s the truth. No matter how hard I scrubbed, this grout never cleaned well. The tile made it look outdated, and I couldn’t take it anymore. So I did some research for some semi-easily DIY transformations that were also reasonably priced! We have been doing our best to make as many updates as we can to our town-home before we sell. Obviously, we don’t want to spend a fortune because we want some profit here! I wanted something with a little character but would also hold up! The outcome is beautiful and everything I wanted! This can be done on tile, wood, laminate, and even vinyl! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A stencil. I got mine at Michaels in a pack with a few different designs for around $12! I bought 2 just in case I had to cut one for getting around the edges of the toilet and up the walls. Pictured you’ll see a smaller stencil, but it came out too blotchy with the roller so used the big one instead! (which I am so happy about!) Note that when you pick your stencil, sometimes you can find one the exact size of your tile!
  • Primer. I personally recommend using Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3, it’s used for all surfaces without any prep work! I bought a quart for $10 at Home Depot.
  • Chalk Paint. I used Rust-oleum Chalk Paint in Linen White (as my base) and Charcoal (as my stencil) – you can obviously flip those around if you prefer a black base! Chalk paint is my favorite! Goes on easy without having to sand or prep it.
  • Sealer. I used Miniwax Polycrylic, in Clear Matte.
  • Soft Foam Roller- you will need a new one for every coat, I used about 8-9.
  • Small paint brush or foam brush. (For getting into small spaces/edges/touch-ups.)
  • Painting tape. I used green frog tape. NOTE: Get one as thick or thicker than your roller so when you use the foam roller to get edges, you don’t get it on your walls! I didn’t do this on purpose but I’m so thankful I grabbed the wider tape!
  • Paint Trays. I used 3 total – 1 for white primer & white chalk paint, 1 for charcoal chalk paint & 1 for the sealer. Supplies123

 

Here’s How to do it:

  1. Clean your floors! I swept, vacuumed and wiped mine down with Lysol wipes.
  2. Tape around the molding/walls, and toilet.
  3. I had a few tiny cracks on my tile I was afraid would show so I used a little caulking with my finger to fill them, this may not apply to you but thought I’d share!
  4. Prime! I used the foam roller to apply one coat of primer – feel free to use 2 if it’s a heavily trafficked area! Let it dry for an hour or longer between coats.
  5. Base chalk paint – I applied two coats of the Rust-oleum Linen White with a new foam roller each time. If you are painting on tile, be sure to get into the grout lines! Each coat should dry about 2-4 hours before the next coat is applied. Start in the farthest place from the door so you don’t trap yourself in!
  6. Stencil time! I used a tiny bit of tape on the sides to hold it in place because I noticed the foam roller pulled it up and moved it a few times. Start at the farthest point of the room. I left the tight spaces around the toilet and walls for later – after the stencil had dried because I didn’t want it to mark up my walls or toilet. Use a light coat of chalk paint, if you use too much, it may bleed through the edges of the stencil. I let this coat dry and let the stencil dry before I went back to do the tough spots around the toilet. For getting around the tight spaces I used the roller then went back and touched it up with a small paint brush. The stencil you get should be very flexible so you should be able to bend it into place.
  7. Touch ups. I used a small foam brush and a small paint brush to touch up any run marks and blotchy-ness. I love the beauty of imperfections so I didn’t go too crazy on this step.
  8. Sealing. I applied 3 coats of the Miniwax Polycrylic in Clear Matte. I let it dry for 2 hours in between each coat using a new roller everytime. Once again – start at the furthest point of the room and move yourself towards the door.
  9. Remove your tape, and enjoy your new floors!

 

This can be done on multiple floor surfaces! Concrete, wood, vinyl, and tile! From the research I’ve done, it holds up great 🙂 It’s a great way to update your look on a budget!

I’M IN LOVE!

 

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AFTER! I snapped this pic as soon as I saw it. Still had to finish up the other side of the toilet but I was too excited to wait till my stencil dried! 🙂

Making a House a Home… WHEREVER you are.

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We bought our very own home right before we got married in 2015. For some reason it was a goal of ours to have our own place to come home to after our honeymoon. We didn’t want to come back and have to decide where we were going to stay, especially since we had never lived together before & were both currently still living with our parents. In 2015, the market had started blossoming again. It seemed like every home in our budget either needed an insane amount of work, the location wasn’t right or they were pending contract the day after it listed! It was a frustrating time, not to mention stressful with all the wedding planning going on.

With that being said, at that time our town-home was great for us. It was just the two of us with our two dogs. It was bank owned and they went in and put all new carpet throughout the house, put in a new AC unit, & put some fresh light beige paint everywhere in the home. The outdated light fixtures, popcorn ceiling, decent kitchen, and tile floors all seemed so small compared to the major fixer uppers we looked at. So we went for it! I loved it at first, it was OURS. Our first real purchase as husband and wife. But with anything in life, that feeling started to fade. I slowly started finding things I didn’t like the longer we lived here.  I nitpicked every little thing and the more I came home to it the more stressed and unhappy it made me. The outdated light fixtures, popcorn ceiling, decent kitchen, tile flooring all started to stand out more and more. In fact, it was basically all I saw when I looked at our house. All of the issues. All of the needed updates. All of the little repairs. How much work it needed and the little time and help we had to do it.

I had SO much planned before we moved into this house. But life has other plans! We decided 2 months after being married we were ready for a baby (I know, we are a little crazy.) & Obviously, you can’t exactly paint, get on a ladder, trim trees, or do much when you are pregnant!

I let the current stage of our home get under my skin and despise it rather than doing something about it. You don’t have to be in your dream home to make your house a home! There are some changes you can make to start loving your home more and more. This is not our forever home, in fact, we will be attempting to get a new home in 2018. BUT, for the time being, this is our home! So instead of being ungrateful and ashamed, I decided to make little changes to help that feeling diminish. This could be for anyone, if you are renting, in a fixer-upper, or just waiting to move onto better or bigger things!

Here are some of my tips that made my House feel more like Home:

  • Scents

Every Christmas I get so excited because I love the smell of cinnamon. Bath and Body works has HUGE sales & I usually spend an entire paycheck on candles (exaggeration lol.) I usually try to have scents that match the seasons, and try to have candles lit often. Plug-ins are also great! Something about good smells really makes me feel at home.

  • Lighting 

Depending on the room and time of day, lighting plays a big part in the home-like feeling. If it’s day time and all our blinds are closed, I feel like the room is dark and closed in. At times, I even feel more lazy. Open your blinds, let the natural light in! If you are not in a huge space, or don’t have much natural light, there are tricks on using mirrors, or using LED light bulbs that really brighten up the space!

  •  Clean it! 

Seems silly, but if your house is always a mess, your life kinda feels like a mess! (Or at least mine does!) This can be stressful and make you look at your surroundings differently. One thing that helps me is making lists. I set days of the week for laundry, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming, cleaning out the fridge, etc. Life gets hectic, but if you keep your house tidy, it will help!

  • Plants/Flowers

This one really helps me, simply because I love plants. Every week when I grocery shop I buy a bouquet of flowers, usually Hydrangea. They’re usually $4.00 & they last a week or longer, and it makes a big impact. I trim them and stick them in a tall mason jar and put them in my main living areas (Kitchen/Living Room) which is where I am the most. I also have Succulents, which are great because they don’t require much work! Just passing by them everyday kinda brings the outside in & I personally love them.

  • Organization 

I consider this different from cleaning. Organizing can be done in any room, whether it be your closet, kitchen cabinets, kids toys, cleaning supplies, linen closet, etc. Chaos can cause you to feel a little crazy. Get rid of what you don’t use/need, use storage solutions, give everything a designated place. Spend a weekend organizing & you will feel accomplished & more at home!

  • Design 

I will be posting another blog soon on styling your home while being money conscious, but styling your home has a HUGE impact on how it makes you feel. When we first moved in I used what I had, which wasn’t much. I went to every discount store you can think of to style my home. You can get everything need at discounted prices!! You don’t have to spend a fortune! Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Ross, Thrift stores, Craigslist is where it’s at! Almost every piece of our furniture in our home is from Craigslist (except our mattress & couches.) I almost never buy anything full retail, unless I LOVE it. Go on Pinterest, get some inspiration, shop around, make the design your own!! If your space isn’t huge, be mindful on the furniture you choose, bulky and dark furniture tend to take up a ton of space and make rooms feel and look smaller.

  • Pictures

Nowadays we take so many pictures on our phones and they just sit there till you look back on them every few months. Having family photos and pictures with friends makes me feel happy! You can order large canvas prints from Staples and Walgreens for a decent price, have a new look, and feel right at home. Plus gallery walls are gorgeous!

  •  Updates

This one is kinda obvious.. But I’m adding it to the list because I feel like people think of updates as something like knocking walls down or completely redoing the kitchen. If you’re on a tight budget, I guarantee you can find some DIY ideas to improve your space. Changing outdated light fixtures, updating bathroom mirrors, painting your cabinets are so simple but make such a huge impression.

  • Make Memories

Ah, last but not least. As much as I don’t love our home, I will honestly be a little sad when we move. It’s our first place. We brought our son home for the first time here. We’ve prayed here. We’ve fought here. We’ve struggled here. We’ve laughed here. We’ve dreamed here. We’ve made this house a home, even though it’s temporary. Making memories and spending quality time with loved ones in your house definitely makes you feel right at home.

I’m honestly still struggling with this myself, and of course I am ready for the next home. But I know that’s God’s timing is never wrong! So for now, we will continue to make updates, make memories, pray and expect great things in our future!

I will be sharing some DIY updates as I attempt to bring this house up to better standards! Follow along for the journey!

“By Wisdom a house is built, and through Understanding it is established; Through Knowledge it’s rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” Proverbs 24:3-4