Since I started the one room challenge, it’s resulted in me being more organized with my time management skills. I get as much done in the day so that I have time to design my post at night. I really love it! So here we are at week two, where I started with the vintage doors that I created into a lighting fixture.
HOW TO TRANSFORM OLD DOORS INTO LIGHTING FIXTURES
- Two Vintage doors (found them at an antique shop for $75.00 for the pair)
- Paint Stripper
- Sander machine
- Lighting Fixture (Parisian Acanthus Sconce)
STEP 1: PREP THE DOORS
You want to do this step fairly quickly because the fumes are not very pleasant, so make sure you wear a mask. Pour the paint stripper on a 6×6 square section at a time. Remove with a paint spatula. Once all the paint is removed, and the doors until smooth. Now you are ready to paint them with oil-based paint. This will give the doors a polished look. Later, sand down all the edges to create a distressed appearance.
STEP 2: THE LIGHTING FIXTURE
This part you will need to either know a little about electrical wiring or hire an electrician to install the lighting fixture. The lighting fixture that I purchased from Horchow was a sconce style fixture. I needed to drill a hole big enough to fit a long electrical cord in the center of the door. That way I could plug the cord into the electrical outlets on each side of the bed. My electrician drilled a hole for me and installed the lighting fixture to the door. He was brilliant enough to attach the electrical cord to the end of the sconce because originally there was a wire coming out of the fixture.
Here are the doors positioned on each side of the bed. It’s a perfect fit! My biggest challenge right now is finding the right artwork or pictures above the bed. I don’t want to take away from the doors, but I also want color…any ideas?!
So what’s next? I think I am going to work on bedding, side tables and color for wall decor. Looking forward to seeing what other designers are doing for week two.