Good morning sunshine and happy Monday! I hope your weekend was fabulous and full of happy things. It was a good one over here. We mostly just piddled around the house doing a few little projects and hung out inside while a pretty nasty snow storm passed through yesterday. It was actually kinda nice since we had nowhere to be and nothing to do. Don’t you love when that happens?? Sunday snow storms are a-ok in my book. Anyway, I am so pumped for today’s post because I finally get to share the new barn lights we put in our reading nook. Alllllllll the jazz hands!! Seriously, this little change has made a HUGE difference and I can’t wait to show you. I mentioned recently that I’ve been wanting to add some pizzazz to the reading nook for a long time now, and this was the perfect little fix. I love a good before and after, so let’s start with how the reading nook looked before:
And here’s how it looks now with new barn lights:
Such a big change right?!! I can’t believe how simple home decor elements like two little barn lights can add so much more character and charm to this space. I chose these affordable gooseneck black lights from Amazon (they’re all sold out now, but here’s a very similar option for the same price). And since we don’t have electricity in the reading nook, we used these LED battery powered puck lights instead of light bulbs. We just screwed the lights to the wall without any of the electrical wiring. Then we decided to use long strips of heavy duty velcro to attach the puck lights (there are several ways you can do this. Check out this tutorial from Nesting with Grace to see how to attach similar lights with wire). It was SO easy and since we used velcro, there will be no issues removing the lights when we need to change out the batteries. The whole thing took maybe 30 minutes at most.
I also decided to paint either side of the nook white and I’m sooooo glad I did. Again, it was a simple change that made a big impact. To be honest I’m growing tired of Autumn Blonde (the creamy yellow color on a lot of our walls) and I wanted to bring a fresh look to this little nook. It always amazes me what a bit of white paint can do! It has magical powers.
I’m thinking about adding some wide molding around the edges and top of the nook just to give it even more character, but these barn lights are a really good start. I’m pretty happy with the new look. I love it so much more, and I’m honestly mad at myself for not doing this sooner. How in the world did it take me over two years to add lights in here?! Eeesh. But at least I’ve got them now and I kinda want to go around the house adding more barn lights like this to every single room. So simple and easy!
Well I’d love to hear what you think of the new lights in the reading nook! And be sure to let me own if you have any questions. You guys know I love to chat!
Here’s a few other affordable farmhouse style barn lights that would also work well with battery puck lights: