Introduction: Wood Cover for Bathroom Light

We have those builder's grade row lights in our bathrooms- you know the ones with the bare bulbs that are ubiquitous in almost every home?! Steph was unable to find a new fixture she likes, so we came up with a plan to disguise the light. Much like you would make a cornice in a window treatment, we decided to do the same for the light.

We used a piece of live edge wood as inspiration and to bring a bit of nature to Steph's bathroom. Watch our how-to video or review the steps below.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials.

  • Live edge wood, cut to size
  • 4 corner brackets & the screws that come with them
  • 6 large bolt/nuts
  • Drill with bits/drivers
  • Speed square
  • Miter saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Clear protective spray
  • Pencil/permanent marker
  • Safety equipment—masks, eye protection, gloves, ear muffs
  • Magnetic stud finder
  • LED light bulbs

Step 2: Replace All Incandescent Bulbs With LED Lights.

LED are cool to the touch & with the wood covering you don't want a buildup of heat.

Step 3: Determine How Long You Want to the Cover.

Find the closest stud on both sides of the fixture. This will determine the length of the wood.

Step 4: Sand and Spray Protective Finish on Wood.

Step 5: After Making Cuts, Attach Corner Brackets to Sides of Board.

Mark the placement & drill pilot holes, then screw everything in place.

Step 6: Drill Pilot Holes Into Wall and Screw in L Brackets.

Step 7: Hold the Wood Up and Use Bolts to Attach Cover to Wall.

Bolts will allow the wood to be easily removed if needed in the future.

Step 8: Enjoy Your New Light Cover!

Comments

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RustyRoller (author)2015-10-03

I've long wondered if I could create some kind of cover for this kind of ight ... I hate 'em! The wood is gorgeous ... that really makes this beautiful, but then, you know that :-) Great inspiration.

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CarlTheDabbler (author)2015-09-17

That looks great. I like that idea.

How did you keep that board from warping? Every board I have that looks like that is cupped and some are twisted. Did you wait for it to dry out then joint it down to thickness? Did you purchase it already dry?

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The board we used was warped. That made this a challenge! We had to make the side pieces different sizes to compensate. If you watch the video you will see that. I had it about a year before I used it for this project so it was dry.

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Interesting. I came back and watched your video after reading your reply. You have more detail in there not only about the warped board, but also how you dealt with it. I really like it when people talk about how they had to change plans partway through because it helps readers understand how fluid these things can be and that they should be prepared to be fluid in their projects.

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Ageless Kronos (author)2015-09-17

nice post it trick and great ible

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