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Affordable full length DIY bathroom mirror lights

Picture ledges shine as DIY bathroom mirror lights.

I wanted to use the spare power outlet above the bathroom mirror. Rather than buying a matching light, I wanted to create something that fits the style of the bathroom interior and really gives a lot of light.

So it had to be:
– wide (to emit enough light)
– wood (bamboo style)
– cheap (lights are expensive)

Searching around I found MÅLERÅS and got the idea to combine it with some LED strips to make a simple, yet fitting light source.

full length DIY bathroom mirror lights

Related: 12 unusual ways to use the IKEA picture ledge all around the house


IKEA items used: 
Other materials: 
  • Epoxy resin
  • LED strips
  • 24v power adapter
Tools: 

DIY bathroom mirror lights:

This was my first epoxy project, so I’ve learned some things the hard way (LEVEL 1) – but it turned out to be the fun part of the project as well.

These are the steps I took:

1. Use a router to create a 1 cm wide, 3 mm deep dig along the front, make it wide enough for your LED strip.

picture ledge

2. Drill a small hole at the end of the rout to put the wires through later.

rout

3. Cut the LED strip, solder wires for the connectors, glue the LED strip in place. The glueing is necessary to prevent the strip from flowing in the epoxy.

glue

4. Seal the whole with hot glue, make sure it’s really sealed, otherwise the epoxy resin will leak.

connection

5. Find a good spot for the lamps to pour the resin and let it cure. Make sure the boards are level! The whole thing is not very forgiving if it isn’t level and leave blank spots and over pour.

6. Mix some resin (60 ml was good for me), use a water bath to apply some heat and reduce bubbles. Pour it gently and with some breaks to let it spread. Remove bubbles within the first minutes by using a toothpick.

6.a. If you’re going for a “milky” look, you could add some white pigments to the resin before pouring.

7. Let it cure for 24h.

set in expoxy resin

8. Assemble the back of MÅLERÅS in the opposite direction (instead of downfacing I placed it upfacing). This will give the light a cleaner look, since it will only be seen from below.

full length DIY bathroom mirror lights
full length DIY bathroom mirror lights

9. Screw it on the wall, attach the power adapter.

full length DIY bathroom mirror lights

10. Let it shine 😉

~ by Johannes