Backlighting a Cut Out Bookcase

I promised to show you how I lit my son’s bookcase. It really isn’t anything fancy.

But, a promise is a promise. Here is the view of the back of the bookcase:

I purchased the LED rope lights at Home Depot. They came with little snap in holders. You simply drive a screw into the mounting hole. Then snap the rope light into the holder.

On the top edge, I used a long channel strip (sold separately near the rope lights. It has a self adhesive backing. Then you firmly press the rope light into the channel. This took some serious strength, but I finally got the length of the rope light inside the channel.

Finally, I plugged the light into a timer.

The lights are set to come on at bedtime and turn off shortly before sunrise.

That’s it! And this is probably the shortest tutorial I ever wrote.

So, I’ll share a few pictures from my sister’s flower garden in California. Check out all the pollen on the back legs of this bee! They are the orange masses hanging from his legs.

The bees were loving the agapanthus as well.

The pink blossoms are from a lemon tree that grows in their back courtyard. Sadly none of them were ripe while I was there. I can only imagine how fresh and sweet lemonade from those fresh picked lemons would taste. Mmmmm!

Be back later this week with more DIY tutorials!

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Comments

  1. really? you should call your self Extremely Pretty Handy Girl, Pretty just doesn’t cover it! great job!

  2. I love that book case! Absolutely fun, mystical and creative.

  3. Monique says:

    One word – Wow!

    Brittany, you know I love your blog but what happened to receiving your whole post via e-mail. I’ve kept a folder with all your great advice and projects. Hope we’ll be able to receive your entire post by e-mail again. Thanks. :-)

  4. wauw!!! so pretty, i have to try that out!

  5. I am so glad you posted this! My FIL just gave me two pretty junky (smaller) book cases and i plan on doing this for my kids! GENIUS!

  6. Beautiful bookcase! Thanks for the info. on rope lights! My son would like them under his loft for Lego-building.

  7. Love it!

  8. Tiffany says:

    thanks – you have some amazing ideas cheers

  9. I haven’t been able to pop in for a bit and what a great post to pop in for. THat’s something I could do easily! Love that. My daughter would love something like this.

  10. Wow what a wonderful idea! I may just have to try this for my son, it would REALLY help him with sleeping and waking.

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