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Hall Cabinet – Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

I love to find manageable and affordable ways to add more character to a space. This past weekend we made two more new fun changes to our little hallway that I think took it to a whole new level of charm!

This built-in cabinet is in a small but well-used area between our kitchen, bedrooms and other rooms of our home. Kind of like a butler’s pantry…if you want to pretend with me that it is a little fancier than a regular hall. ;-)

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

When we moved in three and a half years ago, we had all kinds of grand (and expensive) ideas for how we could update this hall! But over time we’ve found that making progress in the simplest ways has actually had a big impact on how this space feels.

Besides the previous updates such as fresh paint on the walls and cabinet, removing the sliding cabinet doors and , this past weekend we added two battery operated library-style and some to add the feel of wall planks to the back of the open shelving in the cabinet.

Both items were SO simple to install, I’m so happy with how it all came together!

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

I’ve been looking at library-style wall lights for a long time, but they are usually far more expensive than I want to spend.

I happened to run across these little and did a double take at the price ($30????!!) and then rushed to place them in my cart.

Bonus, the lights are DIMMABLE so they truly help create a mood.

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

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When I opened the newly delivered box to take a look, I questioned them. I didn’t love the not-brass finish or size, but decided that for this purpose and price, they were worth a try!

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

The were easy to install (just like hanging a picture). Once we hung them, they created just the overall mood I was hoping for! It’s easy to get stalled or become too fixated on “one element” you aren’t sure of right away. What really matters is the overall look or mood of the space. Give changes a try and then step back to look! You just might be surprised how good it might look as a whole.

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

The same thing happened with the . I just wasn’t sure if it was what I wanted! But since it was a low-risk update, it was worth trying. Once it was up, it just felt right. But both of these elements would be super easy to remove if we ever decided to make another change, too, so we could enjoy getting creative without a lifetime commitment or major expense!

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

For awhile we used this cabinet as a “catch all” space and it worked great with baskets on all the shelves, but now I’m loving the open functional shelves for my cookbook collection and plenty of space for large bowls.

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

This hall has become a very happy place in our home!

Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper
Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper
Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper
Hall Cabinet - Battery Library Lights and Removable Wallpaper

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How to Clean A White Sink (3 secrets, without harsh chemicals)

How to Clean A White Sink (3 secrets, without harsh chemicals)

For years and years I’ve talked about the significance of emptying, cleaning and polishing my sink every day.

My whole perspective on my home and housekeeping and even my mood changed when I started practicing this one daily task. It’s a magical habit, if you ask me!

A related question readers often ask is “how do you clean your white sink?” or “how do you keep your sink so white?”.

White sinks do seem to end up with marks, stains and scum on them that can appear difficult to clean.

So today I thought I’d give you the three secrets to how I keep my sink clean and white!

How to Clean A White Sink (3 secrets, without harsh chemicals)

1. We clean our sink daily.

Like I said, this is a magical habit! It not only boosts my mood to wake up to a clean sink and keeps us from getting too far behind in our housekeeping tasks, but it keeps our sink looking clean and shiny! The longer you let junk and gunk build up on your sink, the more difficult it is to clean.

2. We keep a metal rack in the bottom of our sink.

Our (with rubber feet) help keep any pots and pans set in the bottom of from scratching or marring the surface of the sink. We remove them to clean the sink or when we just want the sink to be pretty :).

3. We use a plant-based product.

You might think you’d need to use heavy duty products to get a white sink shiny and clean, but you definitely don’t! In fact, you not only don’t want toxic products on your sink, you don’t want them in your body or on your skin or in your lungs. I ditched the use of toxic products years ago (you can read my health story here) and am so glad I did!

I try to keep cleaning all the things as simple (and affordable) as possible, so I don’t use a lot products, ingredients or steps to clean.

I’ll share the plant-based product and simple method I use for my sink and then offer you some additional options, below.

How to Clean A White Sink:

To give a sink a good scrub, sprinkle baking soda around the sink and then spray with Thieves Household Cleaner (one capful in a 16 ounce spray bottle filled with water, or dilute less as desired).

Scrub with a sink-safe brush or sponge! Rinse away. Voila!

So clean and shiny, without harsh chemicals!

How to Clean A White Sink (3 secrets, without harsh chemicals)

I’ve really simplified my cleaning products and ingredients. When I discovered that the Thieves Household Cleaner I already had under my sink was so versatile and literally worked for almost everything (mirrors, countertops, glass, floors, fabric, laundry stains, rugs, washable slipcovers, stoves, marble, tile, upholstery, etc), it became the only product I needed. Adding baking soda makes it into a great paste!

If you don’t have Thieves Household Cleaner, give it a try! I think you’ll love it as much as I do. Click here to get Thieves Cleaner!

Other options for cleaning sinks: make a paste with baking soda and Castile soap, vinegar, or even use lemons or lemon essential oil mixed with baking soda and a squirt of dish soap. was another product that I have used on my sink (prior to my realization that Thieves Household Cleaner + baking soda was all I needed!).

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My friend Becky of Clean Mama wrote a brand new book on natural cleaning! It’s full of great information and household cleaning recipes. You can find her book here .

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How to Clean A White Sink (3 secrets, without harsh chemicals)
How to Clean A White Sink (3 secrets, without harsh chemicals)
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