Flush Mount Ceiling Lights Under $50

According to the ‘Master Schedule’, ceiling light installations are on the plate for September.  So, I’ve been doing some research and planning on what lights to be buying for our house. The den, living room, and all three bedrooms currently have no overhead lighting (who does that?).  So, it is a priority to light this place up asap.

How are you supposed to make use of your evenings if the room you are trying to work on is pitch black?  We currently have one $10 Walmart floor lamp, yes the kind you buy for college.  And it travels from room to room with us throughout the house.

We obviously are in need of a lot of lights, but don’t want to break the bank at the same time. I’ve been shopping around for some inexpensive options and I’ve found that there are a lot of affordable lights out there, but not a lot of pretty ones… So, I thought I’d do a little roundup of contemporary and stylish flush-mount/ceiling lights for under $50.

ceiling lights under 50

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Right now I’m seriously considering the first light (octagonal shape) for the living room and maybe doing two of them.  I like that the shape makes it look sleek and modern, but it’s still understated enough that it doesn’t call too much attention.  Some rooms need an attention-grabbing light, like the dining room.  But others you just want the light to be a backdrop to the furnishings, people, and activities that go on there.

Any other inexpensive and chic lighting sources out there? :)

The Master Schedule

You may not know this, but my husband is a Project Manager.  Basically his job is to schedule projects and ensure they run smoothly in a timely fashion.  So naturally I deferred to his expertise in the matter when it came to our master renovation schedule.  He has a much better grasp on how long things will take, where our cash flow will be when, and in which order things ought to happen.

Personally, I have fears this is all super ambitious and in reality this will all take us ten years to complete.  But, Jake seems confident and I’m loving his go-get-‘em attitude so we are going to jump right in and renovate away!

Here is what the plan is looking like right now:


  • Install overhead light fixtures in: living room, den, guest bedroom, office bedroom, and master bedroom
  • Remove popcorn ceiling in den
  • Prime and paint paneling in den
  • Get a new door handle for the sliding glass door in the den (right not it’s a broken off knob that I am unable to use)


  • Paint Guest Bedroom
  • Paint Master Bedroom
  • Paint Office Bedroom
  • Install flooring
  • Finish the stairway: paint banister and toekicks


  • Begin building kitchen cabinets (ooh, big and daunting!)


  • Take down kitchen/dining room wall
  • Move the gas line/pay someone to move it
  • Finish building kitchen cabinetry


  • Install kitchen cabinets
  • Fix sink chip
  • Install countertops
  • Install appliances


  • Paint living room, hallways, stairway, ktichen, and dining room


  • Paint and dress up doors
  • Update door trim throughout house


  • Paint and clean windows
  • Update window trim throughout house
  • Install kitchen backsplash


  • Upgrade/replace vanity in half bath
  • Add board and batten trim to half bath
  • Paint half bath
  • Upgrade/replace mirror and light fixtures of half bath
  • Install a pocket door for half bath
  • Replace toilet in half bath


  • Upgrade/replace vanity in full bath
  • New tub base
  • Tile shower surround
  • Paint full bath
  • Close up doorways in full bath (for future master walk-in closet/powder room)
  • Upgrade/replace mirror and light fixtures of full bath
  • Replace toilet in full bath
  • Tile floor in full bath

What do you think, can we do it? ;)  They’re exciting goals either way, and if we don’t hit a deadline, no biggie.  We aren’t going to stress ourselves over it all, just try to enjoy it.

Besides, these are mostly big change items, I’d like to be able to put some decorating touches on some finished rooms in the meantime.  Those posts are funner sometimes anyway, right? ;)

Also there are some future to do items that we have refrained from scheduling at this point, but will add on in the future when we know a better timeframe.  And of course, we did the scheduling in excel… ;)



Hopefully I’ll be able to check in here every month on our goals and start getting some items crossed off!  (Note there is already one item crossed off, and that feels good :))


Gearing Up!

Folks, this is all feeling very surreal… but it’s actually happening.  We’re putting our money where our mouth is and gearing up for some awesome home renovations.

Our floors are in!!! Say what???  You may have thought we would take years to pick one…. well, that’s what I thought at least ;)  But, thankfully the floor choosing process is behind us!


We picked these babies out sight-unseen, talk about freaky right??  But, we knew that these had all the specs we were looking for, so we took a chance, and love them.  They are engineered hardwood in hickory (my favorite!) from Home Depot and are 7″ wide!

We have to wait several weeks before install to let the wood acclimate to the humidity levels of our home.  But, in anticipation of the upcoming install, we made our first major power tool purchase…. A miter saw!  (Actually I’m not even sure if that is classified as a power tool, a power saw maybe?)


At any rate, the hubby is very excited about his new toy and the many chop cuts he will be making in the near future ;)

And finally…. I saved up my fun moneys and got myself… dun, dun, dun dun…..


A DSLR camera!!!!!  I know, super crazy, right???  It’s a Pentax K200d.  I bought it off ebay for a steal and it’s even unused.  It was a display in a store several years ago that closed down; it’s been in storage ever since.  I have zero clue how to use it right now, so I will be glued to the screen watching tutorials this week.  So expect some awesome pics up in here!!! :)

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