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Fabric Accent Wall for the Bedroom

Fabric Accent Wall for the Bedroom

I’m pretty sure Double D doesn’t blink these days when I come up with crazy ideas.

My co-worker and I were talking one day about how I’ve never liked the closet doors in our bedroom.  We have a very traditional 1970s sized closet, but there are two doors on that thing.  I’m talking two full-sized doors that don’t fold to make space.  That was the other problem…when the closet doors were open, the door to the bedroom could not be, because the doors were right next to each other.  This picture is the only before picture I could find, and it’s when we were painting the room right after we moved in. It’s also only half of the wall.  We had changed out the doorknobs a long time ago, so the brass is gone.Master bedroom closet doors

So that night, I came home and removed the doors.  Just took them off.  We lived with our closet wide open for a couple of weeks while I decided what to do.  Finally, I came across an idea using tablecloths to cover the wall.  Sounds just like what I needed.  We measured the wall, and also took stock of where the tablecloths would need to be split up.  In addition to have the two closet doors, we also had a doorway for our half bath, on the same wall. I shopped around for tablecloths, and found a pattern I liked that was 6o x 102″ long, at $14 apiece. I bought three of them, washed them, and sewed a pocket on each one for the rod to make them 97″ long. This gives them about an inch to drape a bit on the floor. Curtain pocket

That came to actually hanging the tablecloths.  We kind of made that up as we went. We started by getting the conduit, and four clips to hold it to the wall.  Two clips would be for the ends, and the other two we used in the middle for where each tablecloth ended. We used a small piece of wood for each one, allowing for the pipe itself to stand out from the wall a bit.Wall spacer and electrical clip

Then we slipped the tablecloths on the rod, and I held the whole thing up while Double D screwed the clips in place. Yes…we still have popcorn ceilings left in a couple of rooms.

Conduit with clip and fabric

The width of the entire wall was 10’7″, so we ended up getting a 10′ piece of electrical conduit, and a smaller piece, which Double D cut for the remaining. We just used a connector piece to combine the two.

Electrical conduit connector

The remaining step was attaching some way to keep the curtains back, if needed.  We eventually just decided to go with IKEA Bjarnum folding hooks, so they can be up when not in use.  We did one for the bathroom doorway, and then one on each side of the closet for the split curtains down the middle. IKEA Bjarnum Folding Hooks installed

And here is the finished wall.  It makes that wall seem so much bigger, since there isn’t three doors anymore to break up the space.  Finished wall with curtains

I decided to throw one picture on of how it looks at night, since this shows the different openings.  There was a lot going on with that wall!Finished wall with curtains and lights

One more picture, this time of the before and after. I like how the colors of the tablecloths match both the carpet color, and the paint color. I also love how the two doors don’t slam into each other, and how much room we now seem to have. Before and after of wall

Thanks for looking!





Bathroom Remodel: Part 5, DIY Exposed Conduit Light Fixture

Bathroom Remodel: Part 5, DIY Exposed Conduit Light Fixture

Be forewarned…this post is a long one!

So our light situation in the bathroom went from the 1980s “Hollywood” strip light fixture to industrial.  I was more than ready to get rid of that thing. However, what I did really like about it was the amount of light it provided, since it had six bulbs.  We also had a globe light over the toilet, so that brought it up to seven total.

Hollywood strip light

I knew I wanted to keep the same amount of light bulbs, since we had spent some money changing all of them over to LED bulbs last year. The question was how were we going to be able to do that.

I was eating my lunch in the basement of where I work one day, and realized that I really liked the lighting that was down there. This is what I was inspired by.  I started looking for other ideas on Pinterest and loved what I was seeing for exposed conduit lighting.  There’s some really cool stuff out there!Pipe lights at the capitol

I got busy, and started drawing ideas up for what I wanted (BTW, an artist, I am not, so don’t laugh).  I knew we could used the electrical box that was already over the toilet, and I knew I wanted to use all seven bulbs. proposed light drawing

Then we used fabric strips to lay it out on the floor, and for our electrician friend, Jimmy, to look at, since he would be installing it. You’ll have to excuse the mess, as it was in the middle of construction. The layout did change a couple of times until we came up with something we thought would work the best. mock up of light using fabric

After we met at Lowes to get all the parts, we came back home and created a diagram, complete with conduit length measurements. Really, the only requirement that I had was that I wanted one bulb to be in the middle of the mirror when it was done. We did decide the main trunk of the conduit should be bigger to accommodate the four cords that would be at the one end, so we got 1″ conduit for that section, and two octagonal boxes with a 2″ depth.Diagram for finished light

From there we were able to start putting it together.  Jimmy brought his compact band saw, and we laid out the items we needed.Band saw to cut conduit

Once the conduit was cut to the lengths on the diagram, they started assembling the fixture.Connectors, boxes, conduit

Double D and Jimmy knocked out the metal tabs where the connectors would be for each conduit pipe, attached them to the boxes, and then connected the conduit. The boxes are used for multiple conductor runs that are split into two or more directions to bring power to a number of lights, in this case.Electrical boxes and connectors

We got the main trunk line assembled and connected the other parts. The last thing Jimmy did was to use a conduit bender to create a dip for one piece of the conduit to cross the main trunk line. For this piece, we also had to have two elbows to create corners. Conduit cut and put together

To start painting, we followed the advice of Jimmy, and wiped down all of the pieces with denatured alcohol to get any coating off of the conduit.  That way, we hoped the paint would stick well. I then sprayed all of the pieces with Rustoleum’s primer, including the hangers, box covers, and nuts and bolts. I let that sit for a couple of days, and didn’t notice any primer peeling away, or cracking. Primer coat for EMT

I then gave everything a couple of coats of Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze to match the sink legs, and shower fixtures.Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze

Finally, it was install day.  Jimmy removed the light fixture over the toilet, and used the wire there to start hooking everything up. Once the first part went up, he did reconnect the fixture so they would have some light in the bathroom while they worked.First part of conduit

The guys then screwed the conduit hangers into the ceiling using the larger size for the 1″ conduit in the main trunk line. conduit hangers installed

And started hanging the conduit…11/2

Once the conduit was up they could start with the lights.  We purchased seven Hemma lamp cords from IKEA, to go with the seven Ledare LED bulbs we already had. I’m not an electrician, so I’m not even going to try to explain all of the steps that this involved.  I do know Jimmy and Double D threaded each lamp cord through to leave about 6″ hanging outside of the ends of the conduit. wires being threaded for conduit light

And then somehow connected all seven cords to the main box…wire pulled through for light

And let there be light! Like a lot of light. I knew it would be a different type of light, since it’s directed down now, instead of out from the wall.  You can definitely still see your grey hair and wrinkles though:) Industrial conduit light finished

I did want to show a close up of the bent conduit, and what it ended up looking like.  It was hard to tell how it was going to look while it was laying on the concrete in the garage, but I think it definitely gives the fixture character, and I’m glad we went with it. bent conduit

I love this last picture of it.  I took this by practically laying on the ground under it.  I just love how it turned out, and I can honestly say that this fixture is one of a kind.  One last step I did was spray some ORB in a plastic lid, and touched up the paint on the hardware and pipe, just wherever they dinged it in the process of installing it. I am a bit worried about the conduit rusting from steam condensation, and I want to make sure I do everything I can to hold that off for a while.  Hopefully the paint will help with that!finished light against the ceiling

I have to give big props to Jimmy for being willing to take on one of my crazy ideas, and work with me to get it done. It turned out better than I even thought it would:)

Thanks for hanging in there till the end!


Check out the other Bathroom Renovation posts:

Bathroom Remodel: Part 1, Demo

Bathroom Remodel: Part 2, Shower Installation

Bathroom Remodel: Part 3, Drywall and Paint

Bathroom Remodel: Part 4, Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring 

Bathroom Remodel: Part 6, DIY Sink from Typewriter Stand

Bathroom Remodel: Part 7, Mirror and Sconces

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