Monday, January 28, 2013

Oak Fluorescent Light Cover Re-Purposed into a Shelf

So the other day in my travels I scored an old Oak Fluorescent Light Cover for a few bucks.  It didn't have any of the light parts just the frame.  I immediately thought shelf.  I loved how thick and chunky the frame is. 

I cut three shelves to size and used my router and router table to make a grove in them for plates. 

I attached the shelves with glue and nails using my nail gun.  I also added a 1 x 2 to the top to support the mounting hardware.

Then added 1/4" plywood to the back with glue and nails.  

I painted it with two coats of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in the color Kitchen Scale.  It is such a pretty color.  I've sorta played it out though I think this is my fifth piece I've done in it.  I only put one coat on the back because the plywood had a nice grain to it and just wanted it to look like a wash. 

I sealed the paint with MMS Hemp Oil.  It leaves a really nice sheen and protects the paint.  I didn't use wax because its so slick once it cures and well you know plates and all. 

I love how the white plates pop off of this color.  It was a quick little project.  Funny when I searched google images for a before photo I saw what they charge for those oak lights and well maybe I should have tried to sell the cover on eBay or something.  Geez they don't give those things away.  Oh well, I like it better like this.   Have a great week!

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  1. That is so inventive! I love how you changed up an old fluorescent light frame into a shelf. most people would have thrown it out without taking a second glance. Awesome job!

  2. Now, that is too cool! What a great job! I love that color, and you are right, the white plates do pop, in it! The whole display looks fantastic!

  3. That is one of the most clever ideas I have ever seen. We just took one of those lights down from our kitchen and it's sitting in my garage. Hmmmm...

    Great job!!

  4. Mimi, this is very creative! Those type of lights drive me crazy. lol You did such a beautiful job giving the frame new life! I love the paint color you used. Very elegant. :)


  5. Genius idea! Love it! Love the color! By the way, I have those same curtains in my living room! Love them!

    Jenna @

  6. I'm visiting from Coastal Charm and I love this!! I'll be your newest follower too, I am a repurpose junkie!

  7. Now this is one super duper THRIFTY ideas!!! Thanks so much for sharing it at my party. You just might see it featured here next week:)


  8. Seriously?! That is just awesome! I wish we lived closer....

  9. Your creativity and style never cease to amaze me. Bravo!

  10. Excellent redo, that was really using your head - the florescent bulb was on!


  11. That is so stinkin' creative! I just love it - won't pass any more of those up now!

  12. This was sooooo creative! I wouldn't have thought of that in a million, zillion years!

  13. Love it! This would be fabulous in a bathroom too.

    The paint colour is awesome as well!!

  14. Such a clever idea with beautiful results.

  15. Love it! The color is one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


  16. Good lord Lady! Your creativity is amazing. Who else but you would have seen a shelf in a light fixture. Love the way the white and silver pops against the pretty blue.

  17. This is such an amazing repurpose! Great job! I love the color too!

  18. hey! I have one of those, but it's a square. I took it down when I redid my kitchen, and now I have naked lights over the table...was just looking for something online while ago. I don't know what to put there... but anyway, I'm rambling. I love the new shelf! the color is great. tell me about the hemp oil...I can't use wax right now because of the application and buffing (bum shoulder ya know) Is the hemp oil easier to apply?

    1. Hi Gail! Hemp oil is pretty cool. The consistency and feel reminds me of baby oil. It hardly has any odor. I think it gave my shelf a nice sheen. It was easy to apply you don't rub in hard like you do wax just wipe it on like wipe on poly. So yes it is a lot easier on the shoulder. Now that you mention it Miss Mustard Seeds furniture wax is also a lot easier on the shoulder than other waxes I have tried. Her wax is so creamy that is spreads easily. You don't have to pounce and push it in as much. Anyways, I think hemp oil is a nice alternative to wax.

  19. Great idea! how clever is that.

  20. Love your way of thinking! I found an old ammunition crate and used it as a shelf in my kitchen,it now holds my cute old stuff I collect.

  21. What a clever idea! It looks so much better as a bookshelf! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me today!



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