When it comes to making design changes in your home, you don't want to spend more money than you need to - especially on the accent pieces. The cost of details add up fast if you aren't being mindful of the price tag. However, affordable furniture and home decor is out there - if you know where to look. We've rounded up 100 of our favorite affordable furniture and home decor items, each coming in under $100 each. From rugs to accent chairs, you'd be surprised how far a Benjamin will take you.
Scandinavian designers have a distinctive way of lighting their interiors. This unique lighting method emphasizes a sense of warm coziness. They light interiors to create a pleasant atmosphere, not just to be able to see clearly. Light and shadow are equally important elements, as they contribute to a feeling of warmth and naturalness. By follow a few of these easy tips, you can recreate that cozy Scandinavian lighting effect in your own home.
Boob lights. Once you know what they are, you'll notice them everywhere. We've had one in our living room since we bought our house two years ago, and I've been meaning to do something about it for months now. And I finally did. Click through to check out the glamorous solution.
I don't know about you but I hate spending money on lamps. Don't get me wrong, I love a good lamp... they bring function, balance, and style to a space. I just don't understand why they're so expensive? The good news is that there are plenty of lamps taking up shelf space at your local thrift store for super cheap. Hopefully these projects will inspire you to make a stylish lamp for a fraction of the cost!
1. Add some panty hose to a shade and you have a stunner. So easy right? How many times would you have passed up the above lamp at the thrift store. Not now, right? See the tutorial and the other "panty hose lamp" that Mandi from Vintage Revivals makes here.
2. Don't pass up those ceramic lamps in the thrift store. Just like the metal ones, they can be painted. See how Jen from I Heart Organizing painted her ceramic lamp here.
3. Buying a thrifted lamp is cheaper than buying lamp parts at your hardware store. Grab a cheap lamp, a cool vase, and make a new lamp. See how Jessica from Mom for Real made this lamp. She figured out how to do it without even drilling a hole!
4. Pick a thrift store lamp with interesting detail. It will look expensive and one of a kind once you paint it. This DIY post goes into how you can prep an old dirty lamp for paint. (Hint: you can also spray paint a lamp shade too!)
5. Dress up those skinny little table lamps with a thrifted ceramic animal. Check out how it's done here.
6. Did you know you can tint glass with alcohol ink? Alcohol ink is scrapbooking ink commonly found in local craft stores. I didn't know this either but I might have to try this one!
7. Give a thrift store lamp a little abstract detail. You need to check out the "before of this lamp" to understand how stylish this lamp has become.
8. This lamp was once a $2 thrifted lamp. It got a little updated with foam board and spray paint. Yeah, you need to check this one out.
9. I'll be honest, painting marble intimidates me. But, this DIY looks seriously easy! It requires a tub of water, spray paint, and the ability to roll the lamp base in the water. Check it out here.
10. The ombré effect can make a vintage lamp look super unique. I love the fade from black to white on this lamp. See how it's done over on A Beautiful Mess.
Packing light helps make any trip soooo much easier. Here are 10 essential items to help you accomplish light travel on your next vacation.
Edison bulb table lamps are minimal and unique. They can be the perfect light for a side table, bedside table, or book shelf. Using basic woodworking skills and electrical installation, this wood-block version of the edison bulb table lamp is simple to make. Here is what you need...
- 2 ft 1X6 board
- 1 1/2 spade bit (pictured)
- 5/8 spade bit (not pictured)
- Drill Bit (big enough to drill hole for lamp pipe)
- Loctite Adhesive (you could use wood glue)
- Porcelain Lamp Socket (I got mine here)
- lamp cord ( I took mine from an old lamp but you could get yours at Amazon)
- Threaded lamp pipe (two pictured but I only needed one) I purchased multiple sizes at Lowes. The length depends on size of block.
- Rubber feet (small rubber furniture pads) (3-4)
- Screw Driver (small phillips for installing light fixture)
- Miter Saw
- Sander or Sand paper
- Wood Clamps
- Hot glue or Super Glue (unless your furniture pads have adhesive)
- Stain or paint (optional) I didn't use this
To make four square boards from your 1X6 board, measure and mark your board every 6 inches.
Cut your board into four 6 inch squares.
Glue the four pieces together and clamp. Let your wood block dry. If your wood pieces don't line up on one side this is okay. You can easily fix this with your miter saw.
After using the miter saw to clean up uneven sides (if needed), use a ruler to make marks on the corner. This does not need to be symmetrical or perfect. I just drew the lines at random.
Set your miter saw at an angle, put your safety goggles on and cut your block. Any angle will do. I started with a 15 degree angle but I used different angles for each cut.
Flip your block over and repeat step four and five. Again, I used different degrees of angles.
The left photo is what my block looked like after cutting. The next step is to sand your block nice and smooth. ( I sanded after I drilled the hole but I wish I would have done it before because it made my drilled holes a little off center.)
Next, drill a hole to sink the porcelain lamp socket into the block. I used a 1 1/2 inch bit. I wanted the white socket to stick out of the top of the block a little. I measured, drilled and placed the socket in place. If I didn't like it I would drill a little more.
I realized the bottom of the porcelain light socket had a screw to hold the threaded cord secure. I also realized the part you screw the lamp socket into was a little bigger than the lamp pipe. (see this picture for reference).
I realized all this mid process. Because of this, I needed to drill a 5/8 inch hole so the bottom part of the porcelain lamp socket could sit flush. I drilled and checked until I had drilled enough that the socket sat secure.
The next step is to drill a hole for the threaded lamp pipe to fit all the way through the block.
Here is the block after drilling the three holes.
Take apart your porcelain socket. (The above picture shows the back side and front side of socket)
Before you install your lamp cord to your socket you need to first slide your the following things, in order, over your cord.(Sorry, this is not pictured)
- locking nut
- woodblock (from the bottom to the top and locking nut is underneath)
- threaded lamp pipe
- metal bottom part of the porcelain socket
- Insulation piece of porcelain socket (goes between installed socket and bottom part)
If your plug is installed at the end of your lamp cord, you have to screw everything on before you attach the lamp cord to the socket. You are basically putting on everything backwards. If this does not make sense read thru the next steps to see how it all fits together and them come back and do step 12.
Install the lamp cord to the bottom of the lamp socket. Read the instructions that come with your kit. [Right Photo]
Slide the isulation layer and the bottom part of your socket up your lamp cord and re-attach. (Mine re-attached with screws from the inside)
Screw in the lamp pipe to the bottom of your lamp socket and tighthen the screw to lock it. (Note: because of step 12 the cord is already threaded through as you attach it all together)
Pull the cord from the bottom and pull the lamp pipe and cord all the way through.
Screw the locking nut on the bottom of the threaded lamp pipe to secure the cord.
Use the hot glue to attach rubber feet to the bottom of your block. This is so the cord can fit neatly underneath the block while it sits flush.
Screw in a light bulb and you are done!
Interested in learning more about lighting DIY projects? Check out some more project ideas here and here
I love how this cheap cage light gets a 'Nordic' make-over. Detailed instructions and a step-by-step guide can be found at the link below.
It's amazing the things you can create with paper and these modular lamps are no exception. Each one is uniquely different and definitely makes a statement.
There have been a few leather and wood craft projects going around, but this is one of the first that combines the two into a contemporary DIY pendant light fixture. Step by step instructions available at the link below.
I stumbled across this great little cross-stitch piece, it turns a bland old drum shade into to fab decor feature and better still when illuminated highlights the constellations. Head on over to download the FREE pattern guide and get stitching!
I'm really all about gold-leafing this holiday season. Actually, I'm really all about gold-leafing all the time. I love to shine up lots of household items and this lampshade is one of the prettiest gold-leafing projects I've seen!
Grab that reclaimed wood you've been holding onto "just in case" and take a look at this rustic/woodsy/kinda-nautical-ish tripod style floor lamp tutorial!
I'm always amazed when I see homes decorated with unconventional items. This paper flower chandelier definitely makes a statement wherever it hangs! The best part? It can be made BY YOU in an afternoon!