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Have you ever moved into a rental and it wasn’t your style like AT ALL? As a serial renter because of my husband’s job in the military, I’ve felt like that on MORE than one occasion. The fixtures are either VERY “builder grade” or from a different decade. Sometimes it’s so hard to see all the beautiful homes on instagram (you can come hang out with me there too!) and all the gorgeous fixtures and details people are able to add to their space! It’s so easy to start comparing your house to those amazing homes! But girl, those thoughts won’t get you anywhere and comparison is the thief of joy. I don’t know about you but I’m going to be happy with where I am, embrace what I’ve got, and make it amazing! I mean, That’s what this blog is all about! Sometimes the best ideas come out of solving problems! Right?!
Speaking of ideas, just the other week when I was staring at our “blah” light fixtures, I had this idea pop into my head! What if I covered up my light fixture with tape?! In our first home we bought, we had the schoolhouse light fixture style and I really loved it! I definitely knew I could recreate that with my own spin on it.
What our rental light fixtures looked like before:
So, I went shopping in true “Emmy Style” and by that I mean scouring the internet in my workout pants from my couch for basic matte black tape. Thank goodness for technology these days! I knew I didn’t want anything shiny so I was excited when I ended up finding this Washi Tape on Amazon for under $4 y’all!
I also purchased this set as well in case I felt like adding in a little metallic and have an antique gold or copper look. Sometimes you never know with these things until you start!
The application was so darn easy! First, I took off the glass that covers the bulb as well as any of the screws that hold it in place and cleaned everything really well so the tape would adhere. I thought it was easiest to start furthest from the ceiling and wrap the tape section by section till I ended at the base. I will say that even though I used a credit card to smooth each section out after I applied the tape, you will get some wrinkles! Just a heads up! That’s okay, you can’t really see them when you’re not up close standing on a ladder! See the up close?:
After I had wrapped the light fixture with tape all the way up to the base, I took a small screw driver and popped holes through the tape where the screws go. I put my glass back in as well as the screws and that’s seriously it!
The Finished Product:
(See? You can’t even see those wrinkles!)
I also tried out a pop of gold for fun as well:
…But I realized that that’s not my thang! I know my truth! Ha!
Here’s the Before and After:
It really was such a cheap way to temporarily change rental light fixtures! And under $4 for the black tape and under $6 for the metallic tape set, you really could get creative while on a budget! The best part is that the tape is easily removable when it’s time to move! So no nasty fees from your landlord!
Are there things that you wish you could change about your rental? Were there things in your rental that you were able to make more your style? Let me know! I hope you have a wonderful day y’all!