Lights out on the garage

The verdict is in, and out of the 7 lights in our nautical lighting roundup, we chose option #3!

Nautical inspired outdoor lighting

We bought 2 of the 12″ size to flank the tall shop door, and we bought 3 of the 8″ size to go over the wider parking side door. All together, it was $300 in lighting, but that wasn’t bad for 5 lights. What sold me was of course the cage and the fact that they came in two sizes.

Actually getting the lights turned into a bit more of a hassle than usual. On the day our lights showed they were delivered by UPS, we came home to find the front porch empty. We drove around the neighborhood to see if it was delivered to someone else’s porch instead, but we didn’t see it. We checked with our immediate neighbors, but they didn’t see it either. I called UPS, but they couldn’t help me and suggested I call Amazon. The lady at Amazon was really helpful and said she would have a new box shipped out right away at no charge. After a few days, the second box appeared on the porch, and all was right…. until the original box showed up, too! It turns out that our neighbor 3 houses down had received our original box, and he kept it for over a week before bringing it over. Now I had one very large box of lights to return, so I called Amazon again to get a shipping label. Finally, we were down to just one box of lights, and all was right again… until I got my Amazon credit card statement. Amazon had accidentally refunded me for the set of lights that were returned — meaning that the lights would have been free. I quickly called an re-payed, and finally all was right with the lights!

Now, we just had to install them. Do you see the white ring between the siding and the light? That little guy was all we needed! Since the siding isn’t flat, this mounting ring has a cutout to accommodate the overlap in the siding. You buy it in the right size for your light and your siding lap.


You mount it right over you siding, knock out and drill the hole you need to run the conduit through, and then mount your light to the ring. We still have to mount the three smaller ones, so I’ll try to grab a few pictures of the progress.



Nautical Outdoor Lighting Roundup

When Jerm and I started looking for lighting, we knew we wanted something with a nautical/industrial style, but we did not want to spend a small fortune. Since we were planning on putting a larger light on either side of the shop door and three smaller lights over the parking side door — 5 lights total — we had to keep our cost-per-light down.  After admiring the likes of Barn Light Electric where lights start around $175 each, I reluctantly pulled myself away and put together a roundup of fairly reasonable nautical-styled lights.  You can click directly on each light to link to the product’s page, or you can follow the links down below.

1// This light is definitely a splurge at $200, but it was actually salvaged off a ship. Big Ship Salvage takes original ships’ lights and revamps them to meet current electrical standards. I particularly love the mix of copper and brass.

2// This is probably the least “nautical” of the bunch, but at just over $41 each, it would have been a very reasonable option for an 11″ tall light. It is very similar in shape to the Wheeler lights from Barn Light Electric — but at about $175 less.

3// I ran across this light on amazon, and loved the metal cage around the bulb. The best part was that it came in a 12″ tall size for $74 and a 8″ tall size for $53.

4// When I first ran across this light on home depot’s site, it seemed like a steal at $30. However, after reading several reviews about problems with rust, we decided to pass.

5// and 6// actually belong to the same collection. They are the Kichler nautical light in 7-1/2″ and the coordinating Kichler light in 12″. At $55 and $73, they are decently priced and have the cage I like.

7// Last but not least, is this cage light from Menards. At just under $12, it is a great deal! We bought several to use on the inside of the garage.

Hopefully this will help someone else in their search for the perfect nautical light. I’ll be back to share which lights we ended up with and how we installed them soon!

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I Pinned it I did it: Nautical Bathroom Upgrades

It is no secret that I love nautical style—just wait until you see the garage. I’m not talking too literally, like ship’s wheels and life preservers. I’m talking about weathered wood, white plank paneling, sea glass color schemes, and navy blue and white.

When YHL announced the winter edition of their pinterest challenge, I looked over my boards to find a project I could do. I actually found two, and both projects added a touch of that nautical style I love to our bathroom.

The Pinterest Challenge Winter Edition

The first project I wanted to try was updating our bathroom vanity drawer fronts. Our vanity cabinet was actually an unwanted base cabinet from the loft at work. It originally was an ugly light beige color, but we painted it white to match our trim. As you can see, the drawer fronts are pretty nondescript, and they are not “full overlay” (you can see the cabinet frame around the drawers).

vanity before
I had pinned Sandra from sawdustgirl’s tutorial for building beadboard insert drawer fronts, and I thought it would be the perfect thing to spruce up our boring vanity. She used her drawer fronts in her master closet, and it turned out beautifully. Her drawer fronts were inset, but ours couldn’t be because of the cabinet they were going on. That didn’t change the directions at all though.

How-To-Build-Drawer-Fronts-sawdust girl
Master-Closet-2 Sawdustgirl
I am not even going to try to replicate her tutorial, so be sure to visit the link above or click on either of the pictures to check it out.  Her directions were super easy to follow, and I loved the results.

I started by measuring my overall cabinet front and figuring out how large I wanted each drawer to be to cover the whole thing. The top drawer is just a false front, so I stuck with just a plain piece of wood for that one. It would have been too small for a beadboard insert anyways.

Once I had my measurements, I was able to figure out how long to make my stiles and rails for each drawer front. A bit of cutting, routing, screwing, gluing, and painting later, I had my new drawer fronts.  I used leftover Benjamin Moore Aura paint in semi-gloss and applied it with a brush in several thin coats. I love that you can still see the woodgrain through the paint.

Vanity After 1
New Vanity Drawer Fronts
Jerm helped me attach the new drawer fronts. All we had to do was take off the old ones, position the new fronts, and figure out where our screws would not go through the thinner beadboard insert. If you need more detailed instructions, I’m sure he can help us out. Here is a top and side view to show how they are attached.

New Vanity Drawer Fronts Top view

New Drawer Fronts Side View
I ordered some Lew’s hardware pulls from here for around $14 each. I loved the sea glass look, and the brushed nickel matches the rest of our bathroom fixtures. I’m lucky I only needed two, because those pulls were expensive! I splurged because the rest of this project was essentially free. We had all of the select lumber and beadboard lying around from a previous project.

Vanity Hardware Closeup - Lew's Hardware

My second project was a hybrid of two pins. I wanted to make a new towel hook for our bathroom, so I combined two pins I loved to create my own.  We had been using this towel rack (which is more suited to being a coat rack) for the past three years. It served its purpose, but I didn’t love how it looked. The towels were too crowed when we had three hanging at once.old towel hooksMy first pin came from Jaime at craftyscrappyhappy. She used old cabinet doors to make a coat hanger. We certainly have a lot of those laying around at work, so I loved this idea. I was able to dig up an old beadboard insert door from work to match my new vanity drawer fronts. Now I just needed something to use as hooks…

Repurposing Cabinet Doors with hooks-jaimelyn11

That is where my next pin comes in. I pinned this image from the hipditch house on They used dock cleats as towel hangers in their bathroom. I love the brass ones they used, but those were not in the budget, so it was off to Bass Pro Shop to find an alternative. I ended up using these 4″ cleats for about $3.50 each.

nautical towel hanger cleats

All we had to do was screw the cleats to the door and then screw the door to the wall. We were able to hide the screws we used to fasten it the wall by putting them in through two of the holes in the cleats. We would have had screws there anyway—now we just have longer ones holding it on the wall.

Towel Rack
I wasn’t sure how well it would hold a towel, but so far we haven’t had any issues with them falling.

Nautical Towel Hooks 2
Nautical Towel Hooks 1
I love the new nautical upgrades in our bathroom. It is nice to make a little bit of fun progress after living with the bathroom as-is for a few years. I have a couple more small things planned, but I may wind up saving them for the next pinterest challenge.

Thanks to the challenge hosts John and Sherry from YHL, Michelle from Decor and the Dog, Katie from Bowerpower, and Megan from The Remodeled Life!