5.13.2015

Outdoor Lighting the Easy Way

I love dining al fresco and I enjoy the ambiance of outdoor light strands. I have always wanted to do lights on our patio, but never could figure out how to string them without putting some permanent hardware into our cover over the porch. Even the thought of my trying to drill holes into the columns is probably sending The Engineer into a cold sweat as he reads this. My solution? Command Hooks. Add two strands of Target string lights @ $15 a box and this is what I came up with:


Lessons I learned:

1. Command hooks will not stick to sooty, dirty surfaces (ex: above your grill) so make sure that you wash off your surface first.


2. You want the clear hooks with the clear tape -- avoid the white hooks or the tricky clear hooks with white tape, they stick out like a sore thumb.


3. This tip came from my neighbor -- buy an extra light strand and as light burn out, replace them with lights from the extra strand. That way you don't have to totally remove the strand when it begins to go out. Thanks, Kate!

Command hooking your lights is also a good solution if you are renting and do not want to put any permanent holes in your outdoor area. There is one caveat to my idea -- you have to have some sort of overhang to hang them -- and a siding or wooden surface. This does not work well with brick. Also, you might have to play with it a little and replace your hooks if they don't stick the first time. Honestly, I spent more money on the hooks than the actual lights.


Do you like my screen? My neighbor put it beside the road for curbside garbage pickup and I grabbed it while walking the kids to school. #Score Little and I had just looked at one the night before at Lowes for $100. I love free stuff.

Happy Wednesday!




10 comments:

  1. I love how this turned out! Looks like the perfect place for cocktails or for dining al fresco! I would love to find a way to add some lights to our deck area, and was in the same boat and didn't want to do anything permanent as I'm sure our condo board would not approve. But the command hooks are a great idea, so I'll have to see if there is a way to use them somehow.

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  2. Nice! I like the free screen too! I'm surprised that the previous owners didn't donate or sell it -- looks like it's in great shape!

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    1. I regularly go curb shopping in our neighborhood -- Lex has a beautiful Disney Princess castle that someone set out when they moved! :D

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  3. Great idea! I am doing this today!

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    1. Awesome! Make sure to buy extra command hooks! I have had to replace a few.

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  4. What a great idea! We used screw-in cup hooks for our outside lights, but I would have never thought to use command hooks out there! Oh, and curbside finds are the best. ;) Thanks for linking up with us at Best of the Nest!

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  5. Hi, Katie. I'm visiting from Shine Your Light. Great idea for the porch lights! I've used the clear hooks before to run computer cables behind my desk and love finding new uses for the little guys. We've been dining outside, too, so maybe I need to head to Target to increase the mood lighting. Looks great!

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  6. This looks awesome - like a sidewalk cafe! I have wondered how the Command hooks would do outside. I may have to try this when the strand lights go on sale!

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    1. Do it! Then we can enjoy each other's lights, neighbor! :D I have to admit that I have not been out very much lately. When its still 95 degrees at 8pm, I am definitely parking myself in the air conditioning!

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