Camouflaging a Dated Bathroom Light Fixture

4 Materials
4 Hours

I needed a quick inexpensive way to update a very dated lighting fixture that also happened to be off-center over the vanity. Since replacing it wasn't in the budget, I opted for camouflaging the fixture with a DIY light cover that cost less than $15 to make, all without using any power tools!
camouflaging a dated bathroom light fixture
This is what the fixture looked like before. I removed the cover and this left the light bulbs exposed.
camouflaging a dated bathroom light fixture
I used 1/4" x 6" poplar boards and 3/4" thick square wood dowels to make the cover. I cut the boards into 3 sections (2 x 4.5" and 1 x18") and cut the dowels into 4 pieces (4 x 5.5") using a hand saw. I used wood glue to attach the square dowels to join the front to the sides (Painter's tape helps to hold the pieces together while the glue dries).
camouflaging a dated bathroom light fixture
Then I glued the other 2 dowel pieces to the back of the sides.

camouflaging a dated bathroom light fixture
I did a paint treatment using chalk paint, wood tint and white wax from Folk Art Home Decor.
camouflaging a dated bathroom light fixture
I used a piece of 1/8" thick plexiglass that I covered with fabric (I used Mod Podge to glue the fabric to the plexiglass).
camouflaging a dated bathroom light fixture
I removed the old cover and placed 3M command strips on either side of it to hang the new cover so that it would be centered over the vanity. The new cover is very light so the strips are fine to hold it (I put the strips on the wood dowels on the sides). This avoids having to make holes in the wall, but you could also use brackets to attach it to the wall. I didn't have a level handy so I ended up using an app on my smart phone to make sure the fixture was level!
camouflaging a dated bathroom light fixture
I also replaced the incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs to make sure there's no heat next to the cover.
camouflaging a dated bathroom light fixture
The new cover completely hides the existing fixture and it's now perfectly centered.
camouflaging a dated bathroom light fixture
It was just what was needed to complete this bathroom makeover, which started with a new backsplash that I made with peel and stick Smart Tiles, and also included a DIY over the toilet storage cabinet.
You can watch the entire makeover in this video here.

Suggested materials:

  • 1x6 wood plank
  • Wood dowels
  • Plexiglass
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  • Diane
    on Jun 26, 2018

    I can't find where you've already answered this. I have the same ones you had, i had to take them off altogether,i was getting no light. It looks like you have more light coming down, is that due to the Plexiglas?

    • Diane
      on Jul 15, 2018

      Hi. I got the LEDs a week ago, wow brightened up my bathroom great.

  • Marylou Lindsay
    on Jul 8, 2018

    Can you put the tiles paper over tiles?

  • Leslie Parker
    on Dec 29, 2018

    What type of fabric did you use.? I wonder if you could also could spray the plexiglass with frosted spray paint.

    • Lisa West
      on Dec 29, 2018

      Yes you can use spray paint on plexiglas. Krylon has the sea glass colors now to. Which really is frosted spray paint. My favorite is the turquoise. Any I digress lol. I have spray paint plexi. It works well. Just be careful when cleaning because you can clean it right off. I forgot to seal it. Lol.

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