Garage Makeover: Lighting

If you’ve been following my garage makeover from start to soon finish, you know that I’ve been assembling a girly fun workshop space. Part of this challenge is adding lighting to my super dark garage. Currently there is just one low-watt light on the opposite end of the two-car garage. That’s unacceptable for a workspace and it makes for a super creepy garage.

Task: Come up with a cool way to add task lighting without adding a permanent fixture (I’m a renter) and do it on the SUPER cheap.

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Because of the task limitations ($), I started by looking at Ikea and found for $8 I could get this light socket with long cord, hooks, and bulb. I bought two of them ($16 total).

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Next, I found these light cages from LumaPro on Amazon for $7 each. I bought two of them for $14+shipping= $20. So for two lights I’m at $36.

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The cage lights come with a shiny black plastic coating, so I had to rub them down with scotch brite to get them ready for some gold spray paint.

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Look at the before and after above. The cages go from s+m-dungeon-master to parisian-birdcages. I love it!

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Above Im waiting patiently for the gold paint to dry. Waiting… waiting… waiting…

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In the meantime I taped up the cord and then spray painted the fixture gold to match the cages. This way it’ll look like it’s all connected and one unit.

It’s all finished, but I’m saving the final look to share with you for when I’m finished with the entire garage (which will be this weekend) so I’ll have more to share with you then. It’s all coming together- excitement!

 

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Garage Makeover- Update

Remember how I told you about my garage makeover? Well, I spent this weekend working away on it.

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First off, it’s dark in the garage. Even midday, shadows make the lighting uneven. I decided to build my own pendents starting with these ikea sockets. For $8 (each) it includes a bulb and hooks for the ceiling.

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I put tape to show where the peg board will go as well as the table height. This helped me measure where I want the pennants to hang. I also ordered these light cages¬†from amazon, which once they arrive, will be painted and hung. That won’t happen until this upcoming weekend.

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Now it’s time to build my table! I started by doing extensive drawings and measuring the space to make sure I’m working within my limits. For example, I need to be able to open my car door and not hit it. The height is customized to my height for the best leverage when using my miter saw. I also added extra braces to make sure that when the saw’s in use, it wont shake the table (which would be unsafe).

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After doing all the drawings and cut lists, it was time to cut and assemble my table! Within 3 hours I was able to turn a pile of wood into a functioning stable work table!

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It’s time to think about color. Since I want this space to feel girly, light and fun I’ve decided to go with the color scheme above. Since I might be in the garage in the evenings, it’s important to keep everything as light as possible to avoid creepiness.

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I painted the table a creamy white (which I already owned- score!). You can see I did a test swatch of the coral color on the storage unit.

What’s next you ask? Next up is fully painting the cabinet, getting some pegboard and painting that, painting the stools, and lastly hanging the light cages when they arrive. While it sounds like there’s tons to do, I actually feel close to finishing this project and I’m LOVING it so far.

 

Thanksgiving Tablescape

I’m not sure how other families celebrate Thanksgiving, but one of the highlights is the tablescape. My designer uncle and florist friend tackle our Thanksgiving tablescape every year, and they are amazing. Half the fun of Thanksgiving is seeing how they out do themselves, and it becomes a thread in the conversation for the night. After a few years held with restraint (given the recession, it’s best not to be showy), they really out did themselves.

Such thoughtful care put into the details.

Do you notice that there aren’t any flowers in this display? Isn’t that fun? It’s all natural fruits and vegetables providing the myriad of textures and colors.

…adding in some final touches.

A master at work.

Candles lit, as the tablescape is almost done.

The glow of the water and wine bottles add a final texture and color to the tablescape. Tablescapes are meant to be thoughtful, creative and most importantly, fun. So next year assign a few friends the task of tablescape, give them a concept to work with and then let them have fun with it. It’s become such a great tradition for us.

DIY: Cleaning A Leather Love Seat

Once again, I’m working to revamp my blank canvas. I’ve been meaning to share this excellent Salvation Army find ($64). This leather love seat just needed a little tlc, and cleaning, to become the beauty that she is.

Isn’t she pretty? This couch clearly spent lots of time collecting dust in a basement of garage, so it needed a through cleaning but nothing that professionals needed to be called in for.

With some fast google searches, I figured out the best way to clean leather is a 50% vinegar/ 50% water solution… ingredients I happen to already own. Total cost to clean the couch: Zero dollars. The solution worked perfectly. It didn’t smell great while cleaning, but the solution took the grim and grease off with one wipe and the scent went away almost immediately.

I brought the vacuum into the garage and gave the inside of the couch a deep cleaning. If you’re really worried about thrift store furniture, you can even douse it in Raid before you bring it in the house.

It’s she so pretty? I got the map pillow and blanket from Ikea (crazy cheap) and the right side pillow from the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Since it was “damaged” (aka had a thread on it) I got $5 off! Doesn’t the couch look nice next to the gold side table. Love!

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My Blank Canvas

Yesterday’s DIY post, comes in the wake of one of my roommates moving out (all under good terms- she got engaged). She had the place fully furnished when I moved in, which means when she left she took all the furniture (as she should). This leaves me with a design challenge, and boy do I love those!

From the photo above, you can see she left some items and my other roommate bought a few items to add in. If the photo continued to the left you would see a big empty space where a big dining room table should fit. I spent the past week on craigslist and running around looking for furniture deals. I want to see all my options before I make any purchases.

The above photo is my blank canvas, and since I’m on a TIGHT budget you are about to see the steps in a fabulous/inexpensive re-do.

As of yesterday’s post, you can see I’ve already added some greenery to the bookcase (babysteps). Notice the new curtains? For $50 at Ikea, I got all the curtain gear and it’s worth the price.

DYI: Frosted Windows

I live in Los Angeles, which means when I look out my window.. I look directly into a neighbors window (about 10′ away). As you can imagine, this means there’s not a lot of room for sunlight and privacy. My shades are always down, and for someone like me who loves sunlight (vitamin d!), it’s hard to handle. I’ve been at my place for several years now and I’m about to embark on another year there, so it’s about time I solved this issue… the cheapest way possible. Here’s the BEFORE:

This was taken at 4pm in the evening (unedited). Notice the IT Crowd on my tv- awesome right? Anywho, there’s zero light, as my shades have to stay closed. I made an exploratory trip to Home Depot and realized the “real-life” frosted solutions were too permanent for my rental property (I need to have it eventually come off clean) and also too far above my budget. I realized that all I needed was a large sheet of vellum (you can get at any proper art store) or even as a temporary solution, trace paper, which I already own. This DYI project requires trace paper, double stick tape, and scissors ¬†(or an exacto blade).

I just put the smallest amounts of tape in the corners of the windows, and then stretched a large piece of trace across it. Leave extras along the edges that you can trim away later. Fill the window and then use the exacto to clean the edges. I had to piece some trace paper together so I have a few small seems, but if you spent some money and bought a large sheet of vellum, it would be seemless.

Below is the AFTER shot taken at 6pm that same day. Isn’t the difference astounding! I went from needing my lights on any time past noon, to not needing to use electricity until 7pm! It’s such a difference. That’ll help my wallet, and my sanity!