diy cheap custom barn lights

Lighting makes a space!

Lighting makes a space and it always seems to be the budget breaker as well. In decorating my son’s room I had my heart set on some beautiful, kelly green barn lights from an online store; they were also ridiculously overpriced at $340 a piece. I was determined to get the look for less.

Here’s how I did it.

I found some outdoor lights at Lowes for $40 a piece. The lights were meant to be hard-wired – but I didn’t want permanent wires ran to these lights.  So I opted to convert them to plug-in lights after talking with an electrician. Before painting, I drilled a hole in the bottom of the lights using a metal drill bit.diy cheap custom barn lights (1) diy cheap custom barn lights (2)Instead of painting the entire light green, I wanted to preserve some of the aluminum color. I used painters tape to mask off the areas I didn’t want painted.diy cheap custom barn lights (3)diy cheap custom barn lights (4)With the paint dry – I converted it to a plug-in light. I purchased a wire kit and connected it to the hard-wired wires found in the light.diy cheap custom barn lights (5)diy cheap custom barn lights (6)diy cheap custom barn lights (7)

Hanging the light

I used the bracket that came with the light and modified it slightly so it would hang on my wall and in no time I had two lights hanging above my sons’ beds.diy cheap custom barn lights (11)diy cheap custom barn lights (10)diy cheap custom barn lights (9)

These DIY cheap custom barn lights  were just what I was hoping for and they didn’t break the bank. No need to pay for high-end, create your own inexpensive barn lights!Kara Pothier

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