How to upgrade your exterior lights for $8!

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The exterior of our home has been neglected since we bought it back in 2017. We’ve put a lot of time, engergy, and money into our backyard space but the front of the hosue has remained untouched. Since moving in I’ve wanted to upgrade our exterior light fixtures from brass to matte black but I’ve kept putting it off. I finally decided that we didn’t need new lights, we just needed to upgrade the color! So I did what any DIYer does best… I grabbed an $8 can of spray paint and got to work. I love how they turned out and I want to share the process with you for how to upgrade your own exterior lights!

Step 1 – Disassemble your light fixture

All light fixtures are different but most have seperate pieces that include glass (or a bulb), the fixture itself, and screws. Remove all of these items. You can uninstall the fixture completely or just leave the plate attached to your house.

Step 2 – Spray Paint the Parts

Lay all your parts (screws, supports, etc) on a drop cloth and spray with your desired color spray paint. I used Behr Premium spray paint in matte black, but there are so many different paints that could work for light fixtures. I recommend a high quality interior/exterior paint that has good one coat coverage.

Step 3 – Tape off The Attached Fixture

If you left the base of the fixture installed on your home, use exterior painters tape to tape off any exposed brick, trim, etc. I also taped on additional paper to protect the exterior of my home from overspray.

Step 4 – Spray the Fixture

Spray paint the fixture attached to the house being sure to spray from all angles. It’s easy to miss areas so give it a good once over to make sure you havent missed any spots.

Step 5 – Assemble

Once the fixture and parts are completely dry (I let mine cure overnight) put all the part back together and assemble the light fixture.

This is a quick and easy way to upgrade exterior light fixtures but it also works for interior fixtures and lamps!

Installing DIY Luxury Vinyl Flooring by The Tile Shop

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When we moved into our home our main level had a combination of engineered hardwood and shag carpet. Since moving in almost 5 years ago we’ve gotten a dog and had a child and that’s meant lots of spills, stains, and scratches on our original flooring.

I’ve wanted to replace our flooring with plank flooring for a while and decided that it was finally time! We don’t currently have the budget to hire a team to install new flooring so I took on the challenge of going the DIY route.

Flooring Choice 

I used Tile Shop’s Luxury Vinyl SPC flooring in the color Madera Miel. These 7”x48” large-format planks are installed as a floating floor with a click-lock system. They have the look of wood flooring with higher durability and lower maintenance. They’re scratch resistant and completely waterproof.


It was important for me to find a flooring that was easy to install since this project was something I was going to do on my own. This Luxury Vinyl SPC flooring doesn’t require any special glue and can be cut with a utility knife (I recommend a jigsaw and/or circular saw for rip cuts and rounded cuts).

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One Room Challenge Week 8: Final Reveal of the Kitchen!

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It’s week 8 of the one room challenge! Do you know what that means? It means that It’s reveal day for my space!

The last 8 weeks have been insane (to say the least). I set out to turn my 2000s kitchen into a cozy, moody, and inviting space and I think that I’ve done what I set out to do! Before we go into the reveal, I want to remind you of what this space looked like when I started this project. Our 2000s kitchen had stained wood cabinets, large subway tile backsplash, speckled granite, and orange-y engineered wood flooring. There was nothing wrong with the kitchen, per say, but I was ready to turn our kitchen into a statement piece.

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So, the moment you’ve been waiting for, the FULL REVEAL of our newly updated kitchen!

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