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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.

 

Teva x Swarovski x HonestlyWTF DIY Event

[ts_row] [ts_one_half]I was invited to a DIY event with Teva, Swarovski and HonestlyWTF at Nordstrom last week. This is my absolute first pair of Teva sandals and they are so simple, yet so great! On their website there are tons of styles but the one that you will be seeing in this post is the Teva X HonestlyWTF DIY kit sandals. Every each and one of us that were invited got a kit and we were allowed to not only design them ourselves. We also got to meet and get professional help by the co founder Erica. She showed us a bunch of things that we could to design our shoes and it was so much fun!

I was really surprised by how easy it was to attach all the crystals. Most of them were already pre-glued and you only needed to use heat and pressure to attached them to the sandal straps. This can easily be made at home with a straightening iron. Some of the crystals were attached with glue since they were much bigger. What you could do with your design was truly unlimited and no sandal looked  like the other. It was such a fun event and great experience as I don’t take the time to sit down and do a lot of DIY anymore.I really get into the zone when Im focused on something and people even commented on my quietness and that I seemed so focused on it.

If you would like to buy a pair you can choose from the original sandals ($90) or a platform sandal ($100) and they come with the full kit of Swarovski crystals, DIY tools, embroidery floss and a little handbook to guide you through your project.[/ts_one_half] [ts_one_half]

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[ts_row] [ts_two_third] [image_gallery images=”6203:http://www.reduxsquad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/2015-11-04-17.04.28.jpg,6201:http://www.reduxsquad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/2015-11-04-16.52.08.jpg,6318:http://www.reduxsquad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/IMG_0482.jpg,6319:http://www.reduxsquad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/IMG_0481.jpg,” ][/image_gallery] [/ts_two_third] [ts_one_third] So here you have the little kit with everything that you get. We got the original sandals to design. As you see theres not a lot of things that are required to start this project and the only additional thing you need is something to apply heat and pressure. Of course you can also decide to pimp out your sandals a little bit extra buy getting some additional crystals to glue on! I might actually do that now that I mention it. Also you will see some examples that the lady herself, Erica, made and at then lastly you have my sandals!

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