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How to Make a Bathroom Vanity Light 

Let's see how I made a basic vanity light for my restroom as we prep our home available to be purchased!

We're getting ready to put our home on the market to sell as we're moving, so I am at long last finding time to do a lot of projects that I've procrastinated on for quite some time now. One of those projects is to update a seriously dated light fixture in our child's restroom. In this quick and easy project, I made another light apparatus to place over the mirror utilizing a recovered piece of wood deck and some essential light installations. It's not difficult to customize it according to your liking and anybody can do it!

  • TOOLS LIST: Things you might need

- SawStop cabinet saw

- Strap clamps

- Lamp sockets

- LED bulbs

- Dewalt 20v drill driver combo

- Evolution mitre saw (cuts wood, alum, steel, etc)

- Orbital Sander

- Shop Fox Hanging Air Filter

- 2HP Dust Collector

- 1 Micron bag

- Speed square

- 90˚ corner clamp (4 pack)

- Formby's tung oil-finished (tung oil/varnish)

- Quikclot clotting sponge

- First aid kit

- Respirator

- Filters

- Eye protection

- Ear protection

  • Let’s get started:

The first step was to remove the old light fixtures, don’t forget to turn off the power before doing so, as it could be extremely dangerous. For the lamp fixtures I’ll be using outdoor lamp sockets as they have a nice taper to them so they’ll fit snugly into the hole, they’ve got a black rubber top so they are not bad to look at and lastly they come prewired! I got six of these, also got some wire nuts, a box of LED bulbs: all of these are cheap options.

Next, I took a piece of 1x6 and used the old fixture as a size reference and cut off one section at the end that would eventually become the two ends of my box. I made a 45 degree cut at both ends of this piece using my mitre saw.

Then, I cut down some longer pieces for the front and back in the same way. With all the pieces cut I put everything in position and got all the corners kind of tight. Then I ran each of the pieces over the table saw with a lower blade to make a little slot for the plexiglass to sit in.

Next, it was time to cut the plexiglass to size, I added a piece of MDF clamped it to the fence and ran the plexiglass along with that so that it didn’t slip under. Next, I laid down the lamp fixtures so that I could attach them to the backboard, I ended up using only 4. On a separate 1x4, I marked out 4 pieces where I could make brackets to hold these light fixtures and drilled each one of the holes and then separated all 4 into individual pieces.

I laid down the brackets on the back piece leaving enough space for the bulbs their fixture and the wiring. I used CA glue to hold this in place and added a little bit of glue to the fixtures as well. I also drilled a hole right in the centre of the back panel that lined up with the wires that came through from the wall.

Defrosted the Lexan, pulled off the plastic sheeting and went over both sides with an orbital sander. I cut two small sections of lamp wire so that I could connect all these fixures. One on side of the fixture I twisted two white wires with one of my lamp wires and added a wire net, I did the same for the black wires and the other side.

I went ahead and screwed in the bulbs, slid in plexiglass into the slot of the back piece and added some wood glue to the side panels. I used strap clamps to hold it in place while it dried.

Once dried, I sanded the outside for a smooth finish. Now, to mount this on the wall I made a level line where I wanted the top of the fixture to set. I found the centre of the mirror to make sure the fixture was centred with the mirror. I lined up the centre point of the fixture with the one on the wall and mounted the whole thing on the wall. Once mounted, I just had to wire it up and add the final light bulbs and it was ready to be tested!

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