Lodi’s Room Reveal Complete With New Light Fixtures!

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$500
14 Days
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Lodi’s Room Reveal complete with New Light Fixtures! Starting at the beginning… When I renovated this home back in 2014-2015 I designed this as a wide hallway which included a huge closet made specifically to house a 6 foot chest freezer. At the end of the hall I put our “back door” which included a doggie door in it – which was a great straight shot out of the house for my big dog at the time. In 2018 I got rid of the chest freezer and I was playing around with making this wasted area into a reading nook / day bed / dog bed area and putting up some kind of gate so I could lock dogs back here whenever I needed to…

What really started the ball rolling to getting here to Lodi’s room reveal was that it turned out that having the back exterior door here was a bad idea… all of our heat blew right out of the house, out this back door, all winter long.

So, eventually, we got to the decision to move the doggie door to the workshop… so then there was no reason to have an exterior door here…


so then why not put a new exterior door in the workshop (with new doggie door in it) and move the workshop’s window to where the door used to be here…

and then so why not put up a wall and make this wasted space into a real room!?

That’s exactly what we did!


First we scored the jackpot of the perfect door for this space.

Then we put a new exterior door in the workshop.

Replaced the old exterior door here with a window.

Built the new wall, hung the door and trimmed everything out.

We painted the trim, walls and the floor.

Then built him a custom workbench and shelving.

(We have arrived at right now)

One thing this space was desperate for was better light fixtures – especially over the work area! So I went scouring Amazon and found this pretty light that even tilts depending on where he wants it to shine!

Because we chose for the door to swing into the room (as opposed to very awkwardly out into the hall) it was hitting the old wall light. Though we do have plans to build some shallow shelves here across the whole wall someday I still needed to find a very low profile light.

Lighting felt REALLY important in this small space as there is no over head light. (Call it my laziness during the renovation when I was wiring this house…)

I found this VERY low profile light for behind the door on Amazon and was totally thrilled after I got it installed because the door doesn’t hit it at all!

(IF you do purchase a light like that take note: It is an LED and a lot of them on the market are European which means they have a red and a black wire. I had to look it up to make sure I wired it right! Their black is neutral and their red is hot – while our black is hot and our white is neutral!)



Besides my reasoning for white task lighting because this is a work space I also wanted to define the color of the walls better.

Lodi’s color choice turned out to be very hard to photograph in such a small, dark space. The warm light of the old closet light turned it into pumpkin sometimes and a weird green at other times. (My poor camera was confused by all of it and my camera is not dumb…)


So glad the new light fixtures produced a more “realistic” look of his color choice! Lodi’s room reveal would not have been right otherwise.

I brought our rug down from the master bathroom and stole the stool from the kitchen for the photo shoot. (We’re still hunting for the right pieces for him in here.)


The peg board “Accessories” all came from Amazon. I don’t know about you but this room makes me excited! All the organization. All the possibilities!

It makes me feel like taking up model airplane building or something lol Finally with Lodi’s room reveal complete – he can “move” in!


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