Sunday, June 13, 2010

~inexpensive lighting idea~

I felt like our living room needed a little more lighting.
I have these great vintage photos of people fishing
out here at Crystal Lake in the 1940's.
I had them enlarged and framed them in these frames. I went to Ikea and got these super inexpensive wall spotlights.
They plug in so no electrical experience is needed!
I didn't know if they would work, but at $9.99 a piece I took my chance!

They were a little bit too shiny and I wanted
them to blend in more to the walls so I spray
painted them and the cord off white.

I then sanded them a bit and added some aging glaze to make them look older.
They add just the right amount of light and I'm pretty
happy the project came in right around $20.00!
See you tomorrow to announce the winner of my shirt giveaway!
xoxo




34 comments:

Kiri said...

Love it Melaine! It looks great!
~Kiri

The Little Red Shop said...

Cool!

: )

Julie M.

Sheree said...

They look really nice and seem to have done the trick! Did you hide the electrical cord down the bead board or did you wire them in?

the polished pebble said...

Great project Melaine...they look perfect.

PS love your little aqua bucket lots

kelley

Debbie said...

Perfect!
Debbie@houseatthelake

melody-mae said...

sweet and simple and it looks amazing!

Simply LKJ said...

I love them! And, I love that you painted and aged them...the silver chrome would have been a bit stark for me as well.

And Sow My Garden Grows said...

LOVE it and LOVE the room!

Cassie said...

I LOVE your stone fireplace. sigh. And the trunk is gorgeous, too. :)

Emily@TheWickerHouse said...

I almost bought those the last time I was at Ikea.... now I'm kicking myself.(my Ikea is 5 hours away...but next time...I'm tottally going to try and copy your cute walls)

Julia said...

Oh, I have admired your living room for some time. The lights and photographs make it even more wonderful:).

~Julia

A Write Life said...

I love what you did! Have a great day.

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

That looks so good! Love them in cream.

Melanie said...

I love this Melaine!!! I have been looking for some sconces for my family room and found some at Lowes but they had to be hard wired! I am heading to IKEA!!! :-)

Have a lovely week!
Melanie

Beautifully Inspired said...

Looks great! Thanks for sharing!

Nicole

julie said...

i was eye-balling those same lights! love that you painted them to blend! i might have to go back to ikea and buy them this time!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Great idea. I love it when people give me ideas of things to do with Ikea merchandise. Each time I go into their store, I feel overwhelmed! Thanks for the tip.

Warmly, Michelle

Kathryn said...

Love it!

Jill said...

Hi Melaine! You did this AND ran a 10K, you go girl!
xo~Jill

Florence said...

Your added the right touch to those lights, great job. Florence

junkwildnc said...

Melanie, your home is beautiful!
(IKEA is the best)Love your blog, and the shirt! LOL I got one yesterday! :-)Tammy

Anna said...

Fantastic! Looks wonderful =)

Wesley's Girl said...

love the idea of spray painting and finishing with a distressed look! How adorable!

dleahy23 said...

Only you would take it one step more! Love all your ideas. Ikea rocks. It looks awesome. <3 Donna

West Hill Heritage said...

Love it!!! It looks wonderful

Anita said...

GREAT project! I drove by IKEA on my way home from Grayslake and I sooo wanted to stop. But then I would have been driving home in the dark and so I kept driving...Next time.

Mandy said...

They look great! I wonder if you could hardwire those - we have an awful 80's sconce in our stairway that I'm itching to replace on a budget.

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Miss Mustard Seed said...

The lights look great! I just love the look of your family room. It's very chic and comfy.

Gloria said...

What is aging glaze and where do I find it?

Angie said...

They look great!! Everytime I see your livingroom it makes me smile! ;)

Natalie Evans said...

i love it!! reminds me of Pottery Barn, and much better because you make it your own. :)

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prashant said...

Great project Melaine.
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