Say goodbye to your outdated bathroom lights. This DIY drum shade project will give them a chic update.
At one point, Hollywood lights were the way to add glamour to your bathroom. Today, however, they’re nothing short of sad and outdated. Luckily, we’ve found a genius way to cover up the ugly bathroom fixture. With a few DIY supplies, you can create a drum shade that slips over a Hollywood light, blocking the fixture from view. Light still soaks through, casting a soft, sophisticated glow over your bathroom.
What You Need
To get started on this Hollywood light cover upgrade, gather the following supplies:
- 1/2-inch square dowels (5)
- Measuring tape
- Miter saw
- Wood glue
- Spray paint
- Plexiglass (6 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches)
- Painters tape
- Glass cutter
- Frosted spray paint
- Fabric (1/4 yard of fabric — allot excess for fabric patterns)
- Staple gun
- Bias tape
- Fabric glue
- Sawtooth hangers
Before You Begin: Measure and Cut
Before starting the project, measure and cut the 1/2-inch square dowels to the appropriate size. The dimensions may vary depending on the size of your light fixture. For our example, the light measured 18 x 4 1/4 inches, so our frame consisted of four 20 3/4-inch pieces, four 5 3/4-inch pieces, and four 6 1/8-inch pieces. Adjust the measurements accordingly to fit your bathroom light. Lightly sand the edges of the cut dowels for a smooth finish.
Step 1: Build the Box
Start by building the top frame of the light cover. Glue together two short (5 3/4-inch) and two long (20 3/4-inch) dowel pieces to form a rectangular shape. Once the pieces are glued, use clamps to hold them together. Repeat the process to build the bottom frame. Allow the frames to dry.
Step 2: Attach Pillars and Paint
Attach the pillars (6 1/8-inch) to the corners of both the top and bottom frames. Apply wood glue, clamp the pieces together, and let them dry. Next, spray paint the wooden frame in your desired shade. Choose a color that complements your bathroom decor. Allow the paint to dry completely.
Step 3: Cut Glass
Measure the plexiglass so that it matches the size of the bottom frame. To ensure a perfect fit, cut out notches on the plexiglass where it will sit inside the frame. Use an extra dowel as a template for the notch size. Tape off the square area to prevent chipping while cutting. Score the lines of the notch with a glass cutter and then carefully break it off. After cutting, spray paint one side of the glass with frosted paint and let it dry.
Step 4: Attach Fabric
Wrap the box frame with fabric, leaving 1/2 inch of excess on each side. Use a staple gun to secure the fabric to the back of the frame. To create a neat finish, edge the corners with bias tape and glue it together using fast-drying fabric glue. Start with the risers and then finish with the top and bottom edges.
Step 5: Add the Hangers and Light
Finally, attach the shade to the wall using sawtooth hangers so that it hangs around the light fixture. For optimal results, consider using LED lights in your light fixture to prevent the plexiglass from overheating and yellowing over time.
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With these simple steps, you can transform your outdated Hollywood lights into a stylish focal point for your bathroom. Enjoy the soft and sophisticated glow that this DIY drum shade provides, giving your space a much-needed upgrade.
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