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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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Wine bottle night lights

Wine bottle night lights

Double D and I have a love of wine, but that always leaves me with what to do with the empty bottles.  I know there is always recycling, but I have been looking for ways to reinvent the bottles. This time around, I saw an awesome idea to turn them into counter night lights. Love this idea! I used them for Christmas presents, so I included a sewn shirt sleeve as the wrapping.

What I needed:  wine bottle, 30 light mini strand, fake grapes, raffia, glue gun, fake leaves, floral wire, shirt sleeve, a cork, and a chop stick

I started with the shirt sleeve.  Basically I just cut one of the arms of off Double D’s old shirts, and sewed it shut at the bottom. I have seen these in craft stores, and thought they were adorable. The ones I saw had a strip of fabric that tied around the neck of the bottle, but mine had grapes and raffia covering the neck, so I skipped this step. Instead, I used some of the raffia and threaded it through the cuff link holes to create a closure.Wine Bottle Night Lights 01

Wine Bottle Night Light 02After I had the wine sleeves made, I started on the wine bottles.  I threaded the lights into the bottle and used a chop stick to push them all the way to the bottom.  I left a little bit of cord hanging out. Wine Bottle Night Light 03

Next, I used the floral wire to tie the grapes around the neck, tied the raffia in a bow, and glued some leaves on.  I really don’t know what kind of leave a grape vine has, so I am sure these don’t match, but that’s okay:) I also cut a notch out of the cork so that the light cord could be left hanging down the back. Wine Bottle Night Light 04

And here they are all lit up on the counter. I left the corks out while they were on, just because I wanted somewhere for the heat to escape. I think if you could find LED mini light strands, that would be best, but I couldn’t find those anywhere this year. Wine Bottle Night Light 05

And here they are with the sleeves on. I do think I would like it better if it was tied around the neck, just to see the shape of the bottle, but that’s okay. It is still a fun concept.Wine Bottle Night Light 06

I think they turned out good, and will look pretty all lit up. And, one less thing going to the landfill:)

Thanks for looking!


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Two New Lamps, Thanks to Oil Rubbed Bronze

Two New Lamps, Thanks to Oil Rubbed Bronze

Many years ago my mom and I got lamps at a local department store.  They weren’t quite matching, but close enough that they had the same body type.  I drug mine through many different house moves, and Mom always had her’s sitting in her room.  A while ago, she decided to give it to Goodwill, but I thought it would be nice to have a partner for mine, so I kept it. Here are some before pictures.Before lamp

Not Quite Matching LampsI used Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint to give them a makeover. It appears that I missed a couple of spots in this next picture, so I gave them a second coat. First coat of ORB

And here they are done.  It definitely wasn’t a hard thing to do, and even though they aren’t exactly alike shape wise, I think they are close enough that you really can’t tell. Finished lamps

I really like how they turned out. Mom, if you want yours back, I would be willing to part with it:)

Thanks for looking!