How to install Cafe Lights (& Patio Reveal)

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How to Hang Cafe Patio Lights - illistyle.com

Hello my dears! Remember on Wednesday when I shared my DIY Floral Headbands and said “I have been busy busy” well, here’s why – our friends at Arrow Fastener wanted to sponsor today’s post too… and they said “Here’s our amazing Staple Gun, go to town.” So I did! I installed the most awesome addition to the house yet – Cafe Lights on the Patio! And I am going to help you learn how to install Cafe Lights too, but first, will you rejoice with me in this sucess?

How to Install Cafe Patio Lights - illistyle.com

Is that not the saddest little slab o’ concrete you’ve ever seen? And the worst part is – this is the view from my Master Bedroom window AND my Studio window.  Depressing.  But with a few pieces of furniture it became so cozy and inviting, during the day…. but Arrow helped me take it to the next level. And by next level I mean the obvious “OMG, let’s sit out here and talk ALL night long because this patio is amazing” Level. This previously unused space has now become an awesome outdoor room, and I am loving it!

How to Install Cafe Patio Lights - illistyle.com

This was such an easy task, but has made THE biggest difference. Like the difference between evenings in front of the TV feeling disconnected from my spouse to evenings on the patio enjoying one another’s company and feeling connected my other half.  So if you want to make your marriage more awesome install Cafe Lights on your patio…. ok, I have no scientific data to back that up, but I do have my personal anecdote, so I think it’s worth a try, right?

Here’s what you will need:

1. Arrow T50 Heavy Duty Staple Gun (this has been my staple gun of choice since I first started DIYing at 14… ah, memories.)
2. Arrow T50 Staples – we went with 3/8″ (10mm) length
3. Cafe Lights
4. Arrow Staple Puller
5. Tape Measure
6. A helper

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We started by deciding between two layout for our lights:

Parallel lines   vs.   Zigzag Lines

How to hang patio lights in Parallel lines - illistyle.com  ZigZag Patio Light Hanging Guide - illistyle.com

We chose the parallel option because, honestly, I asked Evan what he wanted to do and he said “parallel.” Since that is what I wanted too it was easy to move ahead. If we had disagreed this whole thing would have been a much longer project, because we are both strong-willed (read: super stubborn) people who are persuasive by nature (read: think we can talk others into agreeing with us.)

So, parallel it was. This is how we kept them parallel:
How to hang patio lights in Parallel lines - illistyle.com

1. We started at the intersection of the roof and measured out 18″ on each side (point A & B).
2. We then stapled the start of the strand on one point, strung the first line from Point A to Point B, and stapled again.
3. We then measured 2′ from Point B and marked Point C, strung the lights along the bottom of the roof line, and stapled at point C.
4. My husband then went to the opposite side & measured 2′ from Point A and marked Point D. I brought the lights across the patio and he stapled them in place at Point D.
5. We repeated this until we had reached 3 strands long (since that is the safe amount of lights you can string together before you hit hazard status)
***The above, multi-step explanation sounds difficult, BUT IS RIDICULOUSLY SIMPLE, as per the illustration above***

For this project we chose to use the 1/2″ (10 mm) long Arrow T50 staples.  We originally chose the shorter, 5/16″ (8mm) size, but decided quickly to move to the longer staple in order to ensure a more secure fit. It’s decisions like this that make than handy Staple Puller so necessary.  And using that handy Staple Remover… I don’t know how many times I have needed this in the past, but now I know I cannot live without it.  The hubby asked if he could take it to work for a project and I said “No” lol! This is one of those things (much like the staple gun itself) that will magically disappear because it is so simple and so awesome! So I Sharpied our last name all over both so that nobody can “accidently mistake” the gun or remover as their own… which happens a lot for some reason.

How to hang patio lights - illistyle.com

And here is the finished project:

How to Hang Cafe Patio Lights - illistyle.com

I wish I could capture for you the magic that is the soft glow of the cafe lights shimmer on my glass of wine…. but this will have to do instead:

Cafe Light installation DIY - illistyle.com

Are you planning on updating your patio this summer? What are you going to do?

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This post is sponsored by Arrow Fastener, all opinions are 100% my own

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Comments

  1. Love your patio makeover. I’ve always wanted to hang those type of lights outside!

  2. This project turned out awesome April! Your patio looks great!
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  3. This is so cute! I love it.

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