DIY: Rustic Door Light Sconce

I think I’m obsessed with wall sconces. They are just such a different way to add light and I want to put them in every room in my house! Unlike table lamps, they don’t take up table space and easily adds volume to your wall. In this DIY, I will be showing you how simple it is to create a unique light using an old door and a plug in light sconce and all you need is a drill!

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Materials & Tools You’ll Need:

  • Old Door
  • Plug In Light Sconce (I got mine here !)
  • Drill

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I bought this incredibly heavy and chippy door from the coolest antique market here in Raleigh! It’s my favorite place to find all of my vintage and antique finds. I wasn’t sure how old the door was, but I wanted to make sure the paint was safe considering I have two little nuggets running around. For the preparation, I lightly sanded the big chipping paint pieces that were basically dangling by a thread just to prevent them from falling onto the floor in the future or getting in the way of the cleaning process.

The door had two sides. This cool chippy reddish brown color, and the other side- an off white. I chose to put my sconce on the white side because I thought the weird red would clash with my color scheme. I took some mild soap and a sponge and went to town. I tried to be really gentle because I like the way it naturally chipped and didn’t want to take all of the paint off. After scrubbing and scrubbing, my sponge was disgusting. So much dirt and grime that was accumulated over the years came off. With some soap and water, it literally became 5 shades lighter and I loved it even more!

To install your light sconce on the door, follow the instructions it comes with, or if you’re like me sometimes; wing it and hope for the best. I chose this specific sconce because 1, I loved it, so that helps….. 2, it swivels. & 3, because it has the ability to be plugged in with a flip switch OR be used with electrical wiring if want to get fancy with it. I didn’t want my chord hanging down in the front so I drilled a small hole and stuck the wiring through. You don’t need to drill a huge hole to fit the plug part because the cool thing about this sconce is that you can actually take the plug part off and make your chord either longer or shorter! Once you’ve stuck the wire through to the other side, attach the plug park back onto the cord and attach the scone to the mounting piece with the screws!

And that’s it! So simple & it takes under 10 minutes. I loved the way it turned out because it’s such a different way to add light to any area and makes for cool wall decor. Sometimes I struggle to find ideas for filling up a large wall- and this DIY seems to do the trick. You can add light sconces to antique shutters, a chalkboard, or an actual wall. Whatever your heart desires!

 

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DIY: The Easiest Shiplap Wall For $40!

 

It seems as if shiplap or plank walls are going up in just about every home these days (thanks Joanna Gaines). I’m not mad about it, because I love the way it looks! It compliments any style of a room- whether it being a mid century modern vibe, traditional setting, or the modern farmhouse (duh)! For this particular ‘shiplap’ wall, I was going for a really bright and airy vintage/antique theme for my daughters nursery, and what better way to brighten up the room, then to add a plank wall! I think it suits the theme well.

I wanted this project to be as budget friendly as possible and without damaging the drywall (incase we move- I didn’t use wood glue, but I recommend using it for a stronger hold). If you love this cute faux shiplap wall just as much as I do, follow these simple DIY steps below to create a nice modern or farmhouse feel to any room in your home!

 

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Materials You’ll Need:

  • Underlayment Plywood (4 ft. x 8 ft. Sheets)
  • Wood Glue
  • 2″ Brad Nails
  • Wood Filler/Puty
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Nails (*only if you don’t have a brad nailer/brad nails)

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Brad Nailer
  • Jigsaw (if you have outlets on your wall)
  • Hammer (*only if you don’t have a brad nailer)

You can rip the sheets with your table saw, or you can have someone at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot rip it for you. To save me time and effort, I just had someone at Home Depot to do it for me 🙂 A table saw is not required for this project.

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So here’s what I was working with- a really dim, bland, and “not what I envisioned for a nursery” room.

  • First and foremost- MEASURE, MEASURE, MEASURE. I measured from the top of my baseboard to the ceiling (you can always take your baseboard off and measure from true floor to ceiling, but since the underlayment boards are so thin, it wouldn’t hang over the baseboard- so whatever you choose to do!). Make sure you have the correct measurements before your sheets are cut… because if it’s wrong, how annoying is it going to be having to drive all the way back to the hardware store for a few extra boards. Find the studs along the wall and make marks all the way down from the ceiling to the floor. Doing this helps you know where to nail them in the wall to ensure a stronger hold.

***A little rule of thumb my Aunt Carin taught me to always keep in mind when cutting or ripping wood (at the hardware store), is that the blade on the monster cutting machine at Lowe’s/Home Depot is 1/8″ thick.

So for example: I wanted each row of boards to be about 6″, but remembering that the blade is 1/8″ thick, I had the home depot guy rip the sheets into 5&7/8″ strips to make them fit correctly up the wall.

I made the mistake and bought the wrong size of underlayment plywood but already had them cut and had paid for them, so I didn’t feel like going back to buy and recutting the bigger sheets. Don’t buy the 4’x4′ sheet if you have a large wall like this (if you have a tiny wall measuring a little above or below 4 feet, then then 4’x4′ sheet it will work perfectly!).  It ended up not being a big deal after filling the gaps in with wood puty and sanding.

  • Once you have all of your boards cut, start nailing them to the wall with your brad nailer or hammer! Again, you can choose to put wood glue on the back of each board for the best hold, along with the nails, but I chose to skip this step because I will probably remove the plank wall in the future and I didn’t want to damage the drywall. While attaching them to the wall, I placed 3 nickels in between each board to ensure even spacing.
  • You may run into plug outlets so obviously don’t cover those up. Just measure every direction and use a jigsaw to cut out the space needed.

  • Since buying the wrong size of underlayment, I still wanted all of the boards to look like one super long plank, so I used this wood filler to fill in all of the cracks. Once it dries, sand it down to create the smooth surface.

  • Lastly, paint as many coats as you need, let it dry, step back, and marvel at your new faux Shiplap wall!

I already had the paint and all of the other tools & materials for this project.

The total cost of the project for me was $40 !!!!!! $40 for an entire wall! What a WIN. Am I right?

 

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-Katie Perri

 

 

DIY: Bundle of Moss Balls for $5

I LOVE greenery. I would buy allllllll the real/faux plants if I thought spending money on them were more important than buying burritos from Qdoba (If you don’t have Qdoba where you live, I’d suggest moving to a different place that has one near…). I think adding greenery to a room instantly gives it a warm cozy feeling… and the best part, it goes with every season!

Moss balls have become a huge home trend within the last couple of years and I just love the way they look! They are so cute on top of candle holders, in decorative bowls, or inside of glass cloches. I definitely wanted some in my home but I wasn’t crazy about the price once I started doing my research. I looked around at Hobby Lobby, Homegoods, Ballard Designs, etc. and for the amount I needed to fill up my tray I wanted to put them in, it was going cost me around $60-$70…..for moss balls??? Um, no thanks. So I made my own! With this super easy DIY, you can make some for every room without breaking the bank!

The Materials You’ll Need:

  • Newspaper or regular printer paper (I recommend newspaper)
  • Green spray paint (not the tacky lime green… get a dark green or sage green)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scotch tape
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Preserved Moss

I already had the tape, gloves, a bunch of newspaper, spray adhesive, and ironically, some green olive colored spray paint left over from a previous project, so the only thing I needed to purchase was the moss! They have preserved moss at almost any arts and craft store or craft section in the big retail stores. You can get yours at hobby lobby, JoAnn Fabrics, Etc., but I bought the brand “The Moss Collection” at Walmart for $4. UM WIN. It had really great green coloring. They had others you could choose from- some with twigs in them and some that looked super fake…..if that’s what you’re into. The moss comes in a really large bag, so one was plenty for me and I still had some left over! If you can’t find the large bag, two regular sized bags will do!

Take one sheet of newspaper and ball it up, layering a new sheet of newspaper on top of the ball, taping as you go, until you get the size you’d like for your moss ball. Taping the edges as you layer the newspaper ball helps create a better sphere shape without any weird or bumpy surfaces. Make as many as you’d like! You can make all of them really large, super small, or mix and match. I made all of mine different sizes.

Once you ball up the desired amount, start spray painting! I took them outside and placed them on a plastic drop cloth and went to town. If you’re super impatient like me, you can take a blow dryer and make them dry even faster. Once they were dried I spray painted the part that was missed the first time around while it was sitting on the ground. They should look something like this when they have finished drying (photo below).

Now comes the messy part. Wear the disposable gloves for this part, unless you want moss stuck to your hands. I’d recommend covering your entire work surface with a drop cloth or left over newspaper. Take a ball and spray the adhesive in sections. *DON’T spray the entire ball because your gloves will stick to it (I learned the hard way). Once you have your first section sprayed, start applying the moss like the photo below. Make sure to get all of the bare spots! It sticks really well.

Repeat those two steps until the entire ball is covered, and Voila!!! You’ve made your own moss balls! Stack them on your mantle, put them in your two tiered trays or use them for another project! You really can’t beat making 8+ moss balls for $5 (some are hidden in the photo because the bigger ones are covering them). I still have a few rolled newspaper balls left over so I’m sure I’ll find something else to do with them. 

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-Katie Perri