Welcome to Week 3 of the One Room Challenge! We’re halfway there! At least halfway there in terms of time left in the challenge, I do not feel like I am halfway through everything I need to get done. If you’re new here, over six weeks I’m taking our boring bedroom and turning it into a dreamy coastal farmhouse master bedroom as part of the One Room Challenge. Today, I’m showing you my new wall mounted bedside lighting – that I added without needing an expensive electrician.
For anyone new to the One Room Challenge, this is a six week challenge where bloggers + Instagrammers makeover a space in six short weeks and share the process! Thank you to the One Room Challenge for organizing the challenge every year, and to Better Homes & Gardens who is the official media partner. Here’s a recap of what I’m doing to this space:
Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom Plans | Fall 2019 One Room ChallengeWeek One: Our Farmhouse Master Bedroom Plans
Week Two: Navy Blue Vertical Shiplap Accent Wall
Week Three: Wall Mounted Bedside Lighting WITHOUT an Electrician
Week Four: Custom Nightstands from a Thrifted Desk
Week Five: Coastal Gallery Wall
Week Six: Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom Reveal!
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Now, onto my lighting upgrades! We were in desperate need of new lighting in the bedroom. Sean doesn’t like how much light the ceiling fan fixture gives off, so we don’t often use it. He had a table lamp on his nightstand, but it didn’t give off enough light for me to see well on the other side of the bed. I could have got a table lamp for my side of the bed, but I wanted something a little fancier than a plain ‘ol lamp.
I love the look of wall scones beside the bed! Unfortunately, it just wasn’t in the budget to hire an electrician for this space. I kept coming back to the idea though because it meant I could clear up space on the nightstand. Then one day, I came across this light fixture on Amazon – a plug in wall sconce! I chose these lights because they look very similiar to the farmhouse light fixture we chose for the hallway, which you see right outside our bedroom. There are a TON of other cute options if you search on Amazon/Wayfair though.
I bought two of these fixtures eighteen months ago to install, but it never happened. Since I knew I wanted to give the space a bigger makeover, I kept waiting to install them.
No more waiting! They’re going up for this makeover. Here’s a photo to remind you of where we started:
Last week, I painted our Navy Blue Vertical Shiplap Accent Wall for a beautiful accent wall:
Which takes us to installation of the wall mounted bedside lighting! Let me tell you, it was a challenge to figure out where to place the fixtures when you don’t have the final bed in the space. First, I looked at the dimensions of the bed online and measured the wall. Then I calculated what I think will be the center between the bed and the wall. If you’re decent at math, you won’t have a problem – but I don’t do math 😉
How to Install Wall Mounted Bedside Lighting WITHOUT an Electrician
The fixtures I bought were very easy to install! You just have to unscrew the back off the fixture, mark the wall as needed, and drill! These are very light weight fixtures, but it’s always safer to find a stud on the wall. They come with anchors to use as well, and all of the screws you’ll need. The instructions were literally two steps, and SUPER simple even for a beginner like me!
I had a slight oops and made one more hole than was necessary, but it’s covered up by the fixture so you’d never know! The first one took maybe 30 minutes to install, and the second once much quicker. All you need is a drill, hammer, anchors and screws (included) and a screwdriver.
One thing to keep in mind is that not all plug in, wall mounted bedside lighting is created equal. I also purchased these lights for my home office, and while they’re beautiful – they were much harder to install. Be sure to read the listings carefully when buying online, so you know what you’re getting! The bedroom lights didn’t come with bulbs, but the office lights did – another thing to check for.
These refer any other business owners my way or make SUCH a difference in the room! It’s such a small thing, but we both couldn’t stop talking about how much nicer the light makes the room. It’s also great that we each now have our own lamps, so it’s not a big deal if one of us wants to stay up later reading. Or scrolling Instagram…
I also love that you can adjust the arm of the light! You can swing it closer or further away for the exact right amount of light. It also helps that they look beautiful, and I’m sure will look even better once the bed arrives! I just hope I don’t decide to move them once the bed does come in…
Let’s check in with the to-do list for the One Room Challenge, shall we? Here’s what’s left:
Paint a vertical shiplap accent wall
- Paint remaining walls and closet doors
- New bed (from The Brick) with
new bedding(bed is ordered, just waiting on delivery.. which has been delayed) Add wall sconces above the bed
- Hang picture frames above the bed
- Add a rug under the bed
- Hang new full length mirror
DIY some nightstands from an old deskPost coming next week!
- Add some decorative shelves and artwork
- Hopefully a gallery wall around the TV
- Find storage solutions for the closet
Convert closet drawers into shelves.. if it’s possibleI think we’ll keep them as drawers for now, but they have been emptied and ready to use for actual useful storage! Replace the ceiling fan (if I can find one I like)Sean thinks we should keep ours since it’s functional, just not pretty
I’m hoping that I can get the walls painted this weekend, and then things like photos, mirrors, and more can start to go up! I’ve been working on some art work ideas for a gallery wall around the TV, and I can’t wait to share it… it may even include some freebies for you, so stay tuned 😉