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DIY Vanity Mirror Light Step-by-step

Hey guys. It’s been a while since I’ve updated but due to recent events I needed some time off. Moving into the new house has taken up a lot of time as well. One of the things that I did here was setting up a whole new work and makeup area since I have a bigger room now then before. And I though I would show you how you easily can set upp this vanity mirror system by yourself. Best of all is that the lights turns on an off with a remote, which is optional but a really smart solution. Lets begin!

The things that you will need is:

  • A mirror
  • Vanity light bars
  • Light Bulbs
  • Picture and frame hangers (or hardware)
  • Extension cords
  • Remote Lamp Control
  • Outlet adapter or extension cord (to connect lights to the wireless remote)
  • Scissors and screwdriver

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First of all you need to find a mirror of size and style that you like and that will fit on your wall. I purchased a frameless mirror from Lowes for a really good price. the size of this one is 30×36 inches and costed me about 28 dollars! Instead of using hardware to put it up, I used 4 picture and frame hangers that i bought at target. As you can see I chose to hang the mirror a little bit above the table so place yours at your liking. I chose a slightly bigger mirror just because my wall is really big and empty, it just filled it up nicely. Lets move on to wiring the light bars.

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What you want to do first is separating the extension cord and the plug that is attached to it by cutting it off, you will not need the plug! Then, split the 2 cords and with a scissor cut off about an inch of the rubber, but do not cut off the copper thread! As you can see on the cord, one wire is completely smooth while one wire has raised ridgets. This will tell you which cord goes into black and which goes into the white cord on your vanity light bar. The cord with raised ridgets goes into white, and the smooth cords goes into black. As you can see here below this is what it will look like when you attach them. spin together the copper wires and remember to put on the plastic caps. This is extremely important so that the white and the black cords don’t touch each other. It might cause a fire.

After attaching the light bar to the extension cords you may put in your light bulbs and try it out to make sure that everything works! When it comes to picking light bulbs choose light bulbs that doesn’t produce yellow light, as you may see these bulbs have a blue tint which is ideal for makeup light. They are a bit more expensive then regular bulbs but a good investment. I bough my light bulbs at Lowes.

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I ordered the light bars at Amazon (link) simply because I wanted to have one long bar on each side of my mirror that were the same height as my mirror (36 inches). Now what bars you choose is completely up to you and depends on how you want it. You can choose to do like me, have shorter bars or even have lightning that goes all around your mirror. I attached these with the hardware that was included which only was 2 screws for each bar. Super simple and I recommend to attach the “bottom” part before attaching the top part of the bar as well as the lights to secure it to the wall. IMG_1380

I really hoped that this helped someone out there. If anything is unclear please leave a comment and I will update the post as well as answer your questions! And if you did try this out, please share photos or let me know, I love to see what others do as well.

 

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24 comments

  1. Do you need two extension cords just for the vanity bars? Or could you attach the white wire from both bars to one part of the extension cord and the black wires from both to the other? So you only have one plug?

  2. Did your lights have a ground wire and if so what did you do with it?

    I started this project last night with a smaller light bar (only 3 lights) but had a ground wire I wasn’t finding anyone having and where they put it. I’m trying to mount mine to a piece of lumber with the mirror to make it mobile if I need to. Thank you for this great information, your pictures and info has been the most helpful.

  3. How did you create the vanity itself? I’ve been searching around for tutorials on longer vanities for more space and yours is the only one I’ve seen so far. It looks like the Ikea hacks that I’ve seen, but what did you use for the middle section?

    1. Hi Lauren.

      I used L shaped brackets and attached them onto my drawer units and then just put the table top on top of them. They’re available at any store like Lowes or Home Depot.

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