The DIY journey of a California citygirl and a Montana farmboy

IMG_7541I found some darling LED lights at Joann Fabrics on clearance and I just had to have them.  I do that sometimes, when it’s so cute I just can’t stand leaving it on the shelf!  I did that with my rod iron birdcage – my hubby was a little confused when I brought it home because we didn’t even own any birds.  That’s another blog post for another day.

NOTE: If you need a quick review of this tutorial I made a 60 second short film to watch here.

I knew the area I wanted these LED lights at and so my creative juices needed to start flowing to come up with the best way to use them.

IMG_7122 I contemplated a few ways to utilize the light fixtures in the space I needed and ultimately came up with this.  I hope you can use some of these ideas to create your own Farmhouse LED Light Fixture!

Materials:

  • 2 LED Lanterns – you can shop Joann Fabrics, Michaels, Ross Dress for Less, TJ Max, etc… to look for these.  You can also order them online at Amazon.  The ones I found were at Joann Fabrics on summer clearance for $16 each.  I found some darling ones at The Home Depot, you can find their site here:  Search OUTDOOR LED LANTERNS here. 
  • 2 pieces of Old Barn Wood – of course you can use new wood and make it look old. To do that follow along with Mountain Modern Life here or with DIY network here.
  • 2 Garden Planter Hooks – I found mine at The Home Depot years ago on clearance and held on to them.  You can find their site here:  Search PLANT BRACKET here.

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Tools:

  • Power Drill – I use my Ridgid 18 Volt handheld power drill, which you can buy here.
  • Four 3 inch wood screws
  • Four 1 inch wood screws
  • Four drywall anchors if you do not use studs
  • Stud Finder – I use my Zircon StudSensor HD55 Stud Finder, which you can buy here.

Now here we go!

First off I had to change up the color of my lanterns.  Paint and stain are one of my favorite ways to change the look of something.  There is lots of rules with combining paint colors – sometimes I adhere to them and sometimes I don’t, especially if it’s for a super small project like this one.  The Hollow Road Blog has a really great post here on mixing paints if you would like a lesson!

Here I mixed 2 colors to create the deep brown that I was looking for.

The first coat looked like this:

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I wanted an darker look than this so I dabbed a paper towel in the solid black paint after this was dry and did a light rub all over it.  It came out great.  If you need to repaint your LED lights, be creative!  Here was my final look:

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Next step is prepping the wood.  If you choose to use new wood and make it old as in the tutorials above, you can bypass this next step.  If you are using truly old wood that has been left outside and weathered, it is very important that it is cleaned and sanitized before using it in your home.  I wrote an entire blog post on this topic which you can read here.  It will give you all the resources and step by step process you need to make sure your wood is ready for home decor use.

Here is my before and after cleaning photos of the old barn wood I used:

These are the tools that I used for this project:

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My Irwin Drill Bits and Ridgid 18 Volt Drill are my staple tools for most of my DIY’s. Additionally this Stanley measuring tape and Zircon stud finder are also in my tool box at all times.  You can purchase all of these at The Home Depot here.

You will be mounting your garden brackets onto your wood bases.  I measured into the middle by one inch and down 2 inches (my wood is a 2 x 4).  Then I placed the bracket where I wanted it and marked where I needed the holes with a sharpie marker.

It is important to pre drill your holes so that your wood does not split.  It happens a lot, especially in more fragile old pieces.  After the pre drill is complete, you will mount your bracket onto the wood with your hand drill, using your 1 inch screws.

Once you have decided where you want these on your wall, you will measure for the studs.  To do this you use your stud finder and slide it vertically across the wall – slowly. Once it senses a stud the arrow will light up, This is where you drill.

I always try to drill into a stud if possible because it is such a string support system, but if that’s not an option I use E-Z Ancor Twist-N-Lock or ITW Brand anchors. Mr. Farmboy insists they are the best and I started using them years ago to hang things. They are easiest for me to handle.  You search for them here at The Home Depot.

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Another quick tip we use.  A leveler is another staple you need in your tool box.  We have a few lengths to help with different projects.  This allows you to make sure whatever you are hanging or installing is even and accurate.  BUT, if you don’t have one and are in a bind – there is and APP for it!!  Amazing right?  The Bubble Level for Iphone is a great one, as well as Toolbox Pro.  Here is what it looks like, excuse my bad photos but the lighting was not very good at midnight!  (Different apps will vary):

I used (well, Mr. Farmboy used) a 3 inch wood screw to mount these into the studs, one on each end.  We pre drilled them as well for easier mounting.

Our second light did not have a stud for us to use so we did use our anchors.  A tip: If you pre drill the screws you are using so they stick out of the other end, you can gently push it into the wall where you want it.  This will leave a small mark as to where you need to drill your anchors.  Then once the anchors are in, you can easily mount the rest of the light fixture!

I made sure the LED light was turned on when I was ready to add my lights.  They charge during the day and turn on at night!

Inside lights off:

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Inside lights on (the LED lights still stay on when my inside lights on are, they turn off when the sunshine comes in):

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Finally, we added a darling sign we ordered from Kohl’s.  Its one of my most favorite online shipping stores for farmhouse decor.  They have so much more online than in the store, there is always sales and coupons, and always free shipping offers.  I love them!  Look at this GREETING sign we found:

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So that’s it!  Let us know if you have any questions or how your project turns out – we would love to see it!  Please note that we do use affiliate sites on our blog.  But always know we only use ones that we love and use ourselves as DIY’ers.   Happy Building!

And P.S. – check out these darling posts from difference bloggers all over the country to help you find some amazing DIY’s!

Love,

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2 thoughts on “DIY Farmhouse LED Light Fixture

  1. Julie says:

    Just absolutely love this! Thanks for the clear tutorial! !

    1. Thank you Julie!!! My mind gets these ideas in it and I always hope they turn out!!! If you need additional help let me know!!

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