I am back with a more detailed back porch project like I promised. A couple days ago, I revealed the entire back porch makeover. Every makeover takes a little more time than I think it will, but I am always happy with the process and the outcome. Not only do I love the process and outcome, but I always have a favorite part of every makeover we do. In the back porch, it is the FREE reclaimed wall and the rescued barn lighting we added.
Matt and I were both excited when we found these amazing barn lights in an old barn. Matt had to crawl under a lot of stuff to get them, but they were well worth the crawl. They are my favorite “farmhouse/country” green color and they are weathered just right. I didn’t know what I was going to do with them at first, but when we started planning the porch makeover, I knew exactly where they would go.
I wanted to bring the barn lighting back to life in our porch. Coming up with ideas is the fun part, but then we have to figure out if we can make them work. Matt and I stood at Lowes for a long time to figure out how we could make these green gems light fixtures again. To be honest, he is there making it all happen and I am just there to make sure the plan will be aesthetically pleasing. We are the dream team!
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Supplies Used To Make DIY Barn Lighting:
Amazing fixtures from a barn pick.
Piece of wood for inside the fixture
Directions on How To Make DIY Barn Lighting:
(*As with any lighting or electrical project, make sure to have a professional on hand or hire a professional to do the work.)
The first thing we had to do was get the wire in the spot where the barn lighting was going to hang.
For this project, we were also adding reclaimed wood to the wall so once we had the wire where we needed it, we put up some of the reclaimed wood to screw into.
We cut holes in the wood for the wire to come out and then placed the switch where we wanted it.
Now, it was time to put the fixtures together, piece by piece.
I spray painted all of the galvanized pieces in flat back spray paint from Rustoleum.
Next, Matt cut a piece of wood the size of the hole on top of the green fixtures and put it inside them. This would hold up the socket and the “guts” of the fixture.
Putting the fixtures on the wall was a step by step process. We started by pulling the wire through and screwing the 3/8″ Galvanized Floor Flange on the wood. Then, we screwed on the 3/8″ x 6 Galvanized Steel Pipe Nipple.
Finally, we added the green fixture and the Solid Brass Light Socket from Snake Head Vintage.
I really wanted to try the Edison Globe Light Bulb from Snake Head Vintage. These bulbs have a vintage look that I thought would look great in these fixtures.
I touched up the black paint on the pipes and we were done!
Like I said earlier, I didn’t know what I was going to use these pieces for when we pulled them from the barn. After seeing them in our garage, I really wanted to find a way we could incorporate them into our home. These farmhouse fixtures are exactly what our porch makeover needed.
We also found a bigger pair of these green lights in the barn. I am trying to figure out a way to use them in the toy room makeover when we start on that. I am keeping my fingers crossed that we can make them work.
I will be posting about the entire porch makeover soon so you can see both of the lights together. Stay tuned!
Would you have pulled these fixtures from the barn? What would you have done with them?
If you don’t have barn lights on hand, I found some great options online:
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