Bringin’ the Outdoors In
As Beth so aptly put it yesterday in the comments, this bathroom wall color was like ground beef. And if this little loo was raw bloody meat, then those sconces were the maggots that were eating the green slime that oozed from the ground beef.
Yes. We are serving vomit here at Bower Power, today. Welcome.
Okay okay. That was a bit of an overstatement…these sconces were perfectly fine. But totally not my style. I’m sure if someone took the time to make them over and incorporate them in their own traditionally styled home, they would be less-maggoty.
Buuutttt…..they aren’t my style and sometimes you gotta start with a clean slate. And they were doing very little for the lighting situation in the little room….as in, they didn’t light it up. Since they provided uplighting and this room as 10 foot ceilings, the light just got lost in that curved alcove and didn’t illuminate the entire space. Frankly, that can be bad – especially seeing as how I plan on potty-training in the coming years. Ya can’t aim Mr. Winky if you can’t see where to pee.
So while we were at Lowe’s snatching up a bucket of paint, I also talked Jeremy into wandering over to the light section and looking at new sconces. The only problem was that a lot of the indoor sconces were over $50 a piece. Yee-ouch. That’s when I saw a few markdown prices on some outdoor sconces. I instantly fell in love. Not only were the outdoor lights cheaper, but they tickled my style bone with a peacock feather. Literally. Here are some of the ones that are available at Lowe’s right now – cute, huh?
And totally appropriate for inside as far as I can see. Granted, you can only put 60W bulbs in them…but seriously, is it ever a good thing to look in a bathroom mirror and be reminded of every single pore on your nose? Because I for one have never heard that as a pick up line. ”If I told you that you had volumptous pores, would you hold it against me?”
The wall lantern we went with was really darling. The rust finish and the clean lines made it look like something that was in an old Pottery Barn catalog.
The price? $20. And we had a ten percent off coupon….making it $18 a piece. That means that both sconces were less than the price of one regular indoor light.
And they actually light up the room since the light is concentrated on aiming downward.
I love the little arms that hold the lantern.
And the glass bowl on the bottom that the lightbulb goes inside of…well, it has the bubbled finish…so the walls get speckled with little refracted lights. I love that.
And the little rust-finished grid thingie at the bottom just adds to the charm.
Have you guys ever thought about using outdoor lights in? Or maybe you already do it…I know a few of you already have these sconces and love them. I am officially part of the love group. I love them. And the pricetag can’t be beat with a stick. Especially since we didn’t want to spend more than $150 on this room. That seems like a lot of money to me…and I am hoping to squeeze every penny from that total. Especially since the paint + sconces already brings our total to $58. Stay tuned - the vanity makeover, the new mirror, and new art & details are all on my to-blog list!