My Long Dark Hallway Needed Some Lights.

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My hallway was very plain and dark. It needed some sprucing up.

On the other side of this blank wall is my closet.

I did not get a before photo, but this is a window from an old storm door that I had laying around. I sprayed the back side of the windows with Rust-Oleum Frosted Glass so you could not see through them.

I added LED strip lighting on the back side of the wood framing. The lights come in different colors, but I chose white, and they have a sticky backing that adheres to the frame.

This is a closeup of the lights. There's an adapter that plugs into the end and this plugs into my timer. It's set to come on during the daytime only.

These are just L brackets that the window hangs on. It is out of the way so no one gets close enough to bump into it and possibly fall on them.

I added a lacy valance on the top and on the wall it went. Everyone that sees it thinks it's a real window. It brightens up the hall and makes me smile every time I walk by.

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  • Leah Robison Leah Robison on Sep 29, 2018

    Holy cow! I love it! I just need to track down a window. I'm doing this one. Is it too bright to leave on at night?

  • Lori Lori on Sep 29, 2018

    I love the idea. We have the same type hallway. Does it use electricity or is it battery operated? 👍❤️

  • Catherine Boland Catherine Boland on Sep 06, 2020

    Is the timer part of the led lights? So want these lights and timer for under my kitchen cupboards. Your project is really cool. What a bright idea, pardon the pun.


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  • Sandra Sandra on Jun 05, 2021

    I love this. I have the perfect place for something like this in my kitchen and I’ve been sourcing framed mirrors to copy something Pottery Barn had but I couldn’t find the right sizes and the price was adding up (Dollar Tree no longer carries large framed mirrors). I prefer your idea of frosted glass and led lights. Now to source the window... thanks for sharing a simple project with a big bang.

  • TT TT on Aug 25, 2021

    That I like.