Repurposed Vintage Doors With Sconce Lights

by Lindsey
5 Materials
2 Hours
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!
The doors BEFORE the lights
Clean the doors

The first thing I did was clean the doors and get all the dirt and grime off of them.
Apply Lime Wax

Next I applied a little lime wax to protect the wood and also give it a lighter finish.
Applying Liming Wax
Buff the Liming Wax

Buff out the liming wax to give it a good finish.
Decide what light you want to add to the doors

I happened to have a few old sconce lights I wasn't using.
Unscrew the wiring

Rather than pulling the entire plug through the door, unscrew the wiring so you can then re attached it.
Install the back of the sconce light hardware to the doors

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.
Pull the wiring through the door
Reattach the wiring

Once the hardware is secure and the wiring re attached, put the sconce on the door.Ready to see what it looks like now?
Don't they add character to the room?
I love the vintage charm these doors add to our dining room!
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  • Shelly Wittman Shelly Wittman on Oct 24, 2020

    im not good with electric things, did i miss something? how does the electric work?

  • PeprmintPatti PeprmintPatti on Oct 27, 2020

    Are they attached to your wall?

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Oct 28, 2021

    If someone is insecure about wiring, why not attach sconces with light end upwards, and stick some battery operated lights or candles in them?

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  • Vic26590348 Vic26590348 on Oct 28, 2021

    Love this. I have an old cop board in my dining room this will work for that

  • Em Em on Oct 28, 2021

    Love the idea. Not so much the finish. Looks a little haphazard. Perhaps a good buffing so you don't see all of the streaks.

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    • BJ BJ on Oct 27, 2022

      I love this as well, but these look too "rustic" for the rest of the decor. I agree on redoing the finish to give it a more polished look to go with the room.

      Just a reminder...these are suggestions, not a criticism.