When a friend gave me these vintage doors I had no intention of using them with sconce lights. I intended to replace a utility door in our living room or use them as our master bedroom closet doors. They ended up being a wee bit shorter than I expected and they didn’t fit the space. Because of this, I had to get creative and create something else out of them. That’s when I decided to create repurposed vintage doors with sconce lights!
You know I don’t turn down vintage goodies, especially when it’s made of solid wood! The wood wasn’t in the best condition, but that’s what made it more appealing to me.
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Below is what the doors looked like when I received them.
You can see in the image above that they are about 5 inches shorter than normal inside doors. I really wanted to use them in this space to replace our ugly 1980’s bifold doors. Unfortunately I couldn’t figure out a good solution to make them longer.
That’s when I had another idea….
We have two walls in our cottage style dining room that I struggle to decorate- the wall in between the sliding door and laundry room door and also…
the wall in between the door and mirror.
Side note; you can see what our current dining room looks like now with my newly made over cane back chairs.
I also happened to have two random sconce lights that we weren’t using anymore. That’s when a light went off in my head!
I could repurpose the vintage doors and add black sconce lights (the plug in kind) to create two lovely vintage sconce lights!
Of course I had to give the doors a makeover first.
Vintage door makeover
The first thing I did was remove the hardware. The pulls and hinges practically fell off they were so corroded.
Next I gave them a good sanding with my block sander. I used a fine grit sandpaper.
Then I gave them a good wash and sat them in the sun to dry.
I used a paint scraper to scrape off some dirt that was stuck in the crevices.
I decided to get out the liming wax to reduce some of the red tones in the wood.
I love how liming wax gives a subtle white wash look while protecting the surface.
I used my round bristle brush to apply the wax in an x motion on the door.
After the lime wax sat about an hour, I used a lint free cloth to buff out the excess.
Use sparing amounts of lime wax when you do this. Honestly, I caked it on a little too thick and I’m still trying to minimize the “x marks” by buffing them out.
Once I put them up against the wall I got a feel for how they would look. It’s always a good feeling when you start to see your vision come to life!
They are the perfect size for the walls in this space! Also, I need a little more lighting in this area so I’m knocking out two birds with one stone.
I staged the light on the door to see how it looked! Don’t you love the raw wood look?
How do you attach a plug in sconce light to a door?
- Decide where to hang the light and install the back of the sconce light hardware on the door.
- Use a spade drill bit to drill a hole into the door to run the wires through.
- Rather than pulling the entire plug through the door, unscrew the wiring and then re attached it.
- Once the hardware is secure and the wiring re attached, put the sconce on the door.
- Add a wall hanger to the back, plug in the sconce and hang the doors on the wall.
Repurposed vintage doors with sconce lights
I love how the wood doors with vintage light bulbs bring warmth to the room!
I love the matching raw wood on the sliding barn door next to the sconce light.
I think the doors with the sconce lights really blend well with the cottage and farmhouse style decor in our dining room.
Raw wood accents make my heart happy!
I love mixing the old with the new. I think the blend of the new sconce lights with the old vintage doors adds character and charm to this room.
I hope this DIY door turned sconce light has been easy to follow and inspired you to create your own!