Jeanette and I are in the middle of a bathroom remodel, so when our bathroom remodel came about, we found a few items on Pinterest that would complement our industrial theme. We made some minor tweaks to the original, changed it from black to dark walnut stain to get the look we were going for but in the end it came out quite well we think.
But this old thing….it had to go.
With THAT old light donated and gone, it was onward and upward.
Let’s start with a material list:
- One 4ft long 1X6 Pine – You choose whether you want slightly knotty or clear pine
- Two 5 1/2 Inch long 2Ft 2X2 Pine – you can either by a 2X2 spindle or just rip a 2X4 on your table saw down to 1 1/2 inches wide
- Five 1/2″ black galvanized flanges
- Five 1/2″ black galvanized nipples – 4″ long
- Five black galvanized reducing ells – 3/4″ – 1/2″
- Five outdoor light sockets
- Twenty 1/2″ Flat Head Screws – these are silver and you will spray paint them later
- Four Hex Screws 4″ long – also silver, will paint later
- 10 ft each of black and white #14 wire and 20 wire nuts that will fit up to 3 #14 wires
- Rustoleum Grey Hammered Spray Paint
- Varathane Dark Walnut Stain
Mark your 1X6 at 8 inch increments, then cross those lines with a mark 2 3/4″ from the edge of the board. Next drill a 1/2″ diameter hole at each of these intersections.
Step Two: Optional (if you do not have access to a router)
Next we will make a channel to conceal the wiring. Use a 3/4″ router bit to cut a 1/2″ deep channel lengthwise down the center of the board.
Then use the same router bit to cut an 1/2″ channel on each of the short 1 1/2″ X 1 1/2″ pieces.
Screw or nail the end caps to the 4ft board leaving 1/4″ overhang in front and back.
Screw the 20 screws and the 4 bolts int a scrap piece of wood just enough to make them stand up. Spray each with the Rustoleum Hammered Grey to match the color of the galvanized pipe. Stain the boards with the Varathane Dark Walnut.
Center the flanges over the holes you drilled and mount with your painted 1/2″ screws
Now comes the time to attach the light socket to the galvanized pipe. At the time of this build I was unaware of any fittings that would match up with the threads on a 3/4″ galvanized pipe so I took a different approach. Since then I have discovered that Home Depot sells a lamp kit that makes this process very simple. What follows are instruction on how I did it and how one can use the lamp kit.
So here goes. I chose an indoor/outdoor light socket from Home Depot
This presents a challenge in that the fixture does not thread into the pipe in any way. So the only way to get it to stay in place is to use the tension created by the wires being pulled tight to hold it in place. If you pull it up snugly enough the socket will seat in the pipe and will stay in place just fine. Alternatively you can use epoxy or some other adhesive to attach the socket to the pipe once you have pulled the wires through. I just used tension.
Once you have pulled the wire through and connected it to the rest of the wiring, as long as you keep the tension solid, the socket will stay in place.
Option two would be to use the Lamp Kit
This is a kit available at Home Depot that allows you to make a lamp out of just about anything. they do add significantly to the cost of the project as they are considerably more expensive than the sockets I used, but will do a very nice job with one slight modification.
First take the 3/4″ bushing provided with the kit and screw it onto the 3/4″ end of the ell.
You will have some overhang because the bushing is too deep. I took this to the bench and cut it off flush.
Now you have a flush bushing in the pipe. Take the threaded nipple provided with the kit and thread into the bushing until an inch or so remains sticking out.
Next place the cover plate provided with the kit
From here assemble the light socket as shown on the kit instructions. I should say here that each of these kits comes with a wire that has a plug on the end. You don’t want to use this wire but rather the wire specified in the materials list above.
Either way will work just fine. I still like the way we did it because it was meaningfully cheaper and I like the black socket on the light rather that the copper. but obviously you can go whichever way you choose.
Wiring up your fixture.
The above steps outline the procedures that we used, while the outdoor fixture does provide a better look than the lamp kit, it is not the simplest way to attach the lights to the fixture.
As we are not electricians we will not be providing detailed instructions on the wiring of the light fixture. In the original post we had made an attempt to do so since there was very little information available on the web as we were doing ours. After much thoughtful and valuable feedback from you we thought it best to stay away from the wiring discussion.
We recommend that you consult with an electrician familiar with your local codes and let him/her either do the wiring for you or guide you through the process.
Total cost $67.
Because we are working on a full bathroom makeover, this reveal will be forthcoming…so this is the only “after” picture we have at the moment.
As Jeanette says…be sure to follow along with the bathroom makeover which should wrap up in the next few weeks. More to come….and thanks so much for supporting us on our journey, and most especially for all of your kind words during my health crisis last year…I’m thankful for all of your support.