How I Added Ceiling Lighting Above My Faux Mantel Area
I do not have a mantel. But I do have this area above my TV that I love to decorate. I designed these built-ins so that I would have a faux mantel.
But... it was dark. I tried hanging white Christmas lights, but they showed, and didn't photograph well like I had hoped. See? Still dark.
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Also, there was a big gap between my trim board and the ceiling from settling. So I removed the board, and nailed it in again a 1/2 inch higher.
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I ordered an 18 foot length of white rope light, and installed it by attaching it to the ceiling. It is doubled up, about 9 feet across.
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I added extra clips to keep it from drooping down.
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It is really bright, but not too bright. And sooo much better than the white Christmas lights! Hurray!
How did I plug them in, you ask? See that blue lamp? Last year I drilled a hole in the shelf so I can plug it in behind the television.
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And that bunch of dried stems to the right of this corner shelf?
It is hiding the rope light cord, and the extension cord that travels over to behind the blue lamp.
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So that is how I installed my new ceiling lights, all by myself!
I wish I had thought of doing this little improvement years ago.
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(To see how to make these cute pumpkins, click below.)
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And for more details on how I made these stems, see this link.
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I am so thrilled with the final result!!
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(P.S. you can also see how I made these curtains to hide my clutter.) 🙂
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