Hello friends! We just finished up week 5 of the One Room Challenge and I am feeling overwhelmed! If you missed any of our progress so far, go back and start at the beginning with week 1, week 2, week 3, and week 4. This week was honestly the most difficult, which seems shocking since we have already built two outdoor sofas and an outdoor dining table, but it was just one of those weekends where every little thing threw us a curve ball. And for the record, I have NO hand eye coordination.
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Among many of the original deficiencies in the backyard was the dated outlet and switch. The outlet is on the patio itself and the dimmer switch is just inside the patio door and controls the outside wall sconce. Neither of these two receptacles are visually appealing, so when Legrand reached out and asked me to try some products from their new Radiant Collection, I was beyond thrilled! I chose the Weather Resistant Outlet in Gray and the Tru Universal Dimmer in white. They instantly added an updated look to both locations! And I am in LOVE with the screwless face plates!
The old bulky plug outside was always in the way, not to mention, it was really ugly! The new sleek outlet offers so much more style and conducts an automatic test every three seconds, ensuring it’s always ready to protect.
The 80s called and asked for their dimmer switch back! Seriously, I think our old dimmer switch was from the 80s. But no more!
The low profile, modern, Tru Universal dimmer now matches the updated space around it! We had a little difficulty with the installation of this one, but one quick call to Legrand’s tech support and a conversation with a super nice, English speaking human, and it was up and running! So sleek.Thank you so much to Legrand for sponsoring these products and updating my receptacles to match the makeover around them!
Next on the list was string lights. And let me first start off by saying this was one of my life long dreams for this backyard project. So when it started with problems I was pretty deflated. My original plan was to copy what we did a few years ago for our Chili Cook Off Party, but with actual string lights instead of Christmas lights. The problem is the string lights I bought are MUCH heavier and needed to be supported with a guide wire, which wasn’t in the original plan. I bought our lights at Costco and they sold out almost immediately, but it looks like you can get them on Amazon too.
Problem 2. I wanted to span these the width of the backyard, which at it’s shortest part is about 35 feet and it’s longest about 50 feet. Now you see why the guide wire was necessary. We ended up securing the lights to our trees using an eye bolt, but let’s just say this was not the original plan and we only hung two strands. I still think it looks cool, especially at night, but they are a little lower than I was hoping for. If you saw my Insta stories, you know I took a poll to see if they were too low. The vote came in with only about 20% thinking they were too low, those must be the tall people, haha! So the lights are staying. We are still debating adding a few strands over the fire pit area. To be continued.
The last item was my DIY chandelier. If you read week 2, you know we amended our plans in the eleventh hour which put a big hiccup in my plans for a chandelier. Well I finally figured it out and created this battery operated chandelier. For all those ambitious DIYers out there, I will do a tutorial when the One Room Challenge is over.
And that my friends was my entire weekend! Tune in next week to see the final reveal!!! I am so excited to finally see it all together and to get a little break from all the work, haha! 😉
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