14 Awesome PVC Projects for the Home

PVC is one of those inexpensive construction materials that is easy to cut, paint, drill, glue and create with. You can purchase straight tubes of different sizes, and matching connectors as well. Whether it’s to create a cool storage unit, or just something pretty, this is a great material for the beginning DIY’er to use. We got inspired by a PVC hair dryer / curling iron holder we spied on Pinterest, and put together this quick DIY project for all of you to help you corral that bathroom chaos! Then, since we got so jazzed about the idea of using PVC, we found some more DIY PVC projects for all around the home!

Let’s start with our PVC hair dryer stand. This project is so easy, it really doesn’t even need a tutorial! We picked up a PVC “wye” connector at Home Depot, painted it with a spray paint / primer combo, and glued some fishing weights to the inside bottom to keep it stable. Try “Gorilla Glue” for a good hold on the weights. Done! Since we made this we’ve seen something like it mounted on the inside of the vanity cabinet door… Genius!

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This was our original inspiration from Pinterest.

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Ok, now a bunch more great projects with PVC for you to try! From Martha, this PVC modern wine rack is an easy afternoon project, and can fit into an existing cabinet. Easy directions.

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Slices of PVC pipe create these drawer organizers by BHG. Cut and use! (I would sand any rough edges so they don’t catch your delicate clothing…)

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From ‘Land of Nod’, this DIY desk or bathroom organizer is a great idea, and we knew some great blogger had thought the same thing… We were right! Jump on down to see the DIY version!

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‘Designs from Studio C’ has done just that… a whole tutorial on how to make her desk organizer from PVC pipe… such an easy project! How about to store makeup and brushes?

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From Beth at ‘Home Stories A to Z’, this DIY PVC shoe organizer is so cool because she painted it to look like logs! Cool detail!

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‘All Women Stalk’ had this contemporary PVC cutout light that we thought was pretty cool, but the tutorial is pretty thin. While they tell you how to do the cutout with a jigsaw, I’ll tell you right now, they leave you hanging as to how to “get lamp parts”… Could you make this really simple and use mini lights inside each tube? Ideas, readers? Comment!

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‘Dremel Weekends’ shows us how to make this PVC table lamp (they use a LED candle in theirs) with step by step instructions.

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This is an inspirational idea from ‘Sandindusa’… No tutorial, but it is simply slices of different sized pvc pipe glued together to make a screen. We hear Liquid Nails or Gorilla Glue work pretty well for these types of projects.

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HGTV created this PVC wine glass holder by cutting a channel in the pipe, then hanging it upside down.

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‘Ellis Belus’ shows us how he made these clever DIY PVC bath toys… my Grandbabies would love these!

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Make a Modern PVC vase/centerpiece by Ehow! Love this project, really elegant!

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‘Sowdering About in Seattle’ has a DIY PVC washi tape holder that is a crafters dream organizational tool… you could also use this for ribbon.

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‘Pretty Handy Girl’ has for us a pretty handy PVC utensil holder / vase that is made from PVC pipe and metal screening. Clever!

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Last we have this amazing DIY chalkboard wine rack made with PVC and fiberboard. Brought to us by Apartment Therapy, the original instructions are in ReadyMade Magazine, which no longer exists… Would love to see a DIY’er try their hand at this project! Two sections of board, cut pvc pipe sandwiched in the middle, chalkboard paint. Voila!

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Image Credits: Pinterest, Martha, BHG, Land of Nod, Designs by Studio C, Home Stories A to Z, All Women Stalk, Dremel Weekends, Sandindusa, HGTV, Ellis Benus, Ehow, Sowdering About, Pretty Handy Girl, Apartment Therapy




74 Comments

  1. Gorski August 12, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Magnifique!!!!!!

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    1. hilda victoria Londoño mesa May 14, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Me encantaron todas las ideas!!!!

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  2. Nadine W. September 26, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Thank you! Such great ideas!

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  3. National Builder Supply October 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Thank you so much for all of the great ideas. We shared the hair dryer and straightener holder on our Facebook page recently and over 2,000 people shared it! It’s such a great idea!

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    1. Kathy Woodard October 22, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks for posting it on your facebook page!

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    2. sherri November 1, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Do you need to weight down the pvc hair dryer/curling iron holder? Does it tip otherwise?

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      1. Tracey December 6, 2014 at 7:46 pm

        I does need to be weighted down. I have glass “rocks” in mine but it still turns over. I bought a cap to go on the end of it. I’m thinking about screwing it to the counter. I love this idea

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        1. Arlene February 7, 2015 at 9:18 am

          Sticky velcro! You can cut it to size to get mega holding power! A lot less damage (none) than screwing it to your counter tops. I also do this for my animals’ food and drink bowls. (=

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          1. RC September 19, 2015 at 6:52 am

            command strips – I use for everything -wont damage walls – use the type for wall art – holds up to 16 lbs.- I am going to lowes now to do this.

          2. Cyndi October 12, 2016 at 8:54 pm

            I love the idea of this and I think the velcro would work great to hold it steady.

      2. Debra December 17, 2014 at 8:49 pm

        I bought the PVC and yes, it keeps tipping over. :(

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        1. Kathy Woodard December 30, 2014 at 9:52 am

          I guess a lot of it depends on the size of your hair dryer or curling iron… anyone have a fix for Debra?

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          1. tghl January 17, 2015 at 10:01 pm

            You can buy a flange that screws to the bottom. It is a bigger diameter and balances the pipe. I have one with 3 openings. Your local hardware carries them and can help you get the right one.

          2. Diana January 20, 2015 at 8:37 pm

            You could try those 3M sticky things. They don’t ruin anything and they are easy to remove after you’re done using them. Some of them hold up to 5 pounds.

          3. Richard Honeycutt February 14, 2015 at 7:36 pm

            Drill a holes through one side that your screw driver Wil fit through then a small pilot hole on the wall side and attach it to the wall next to the plug.

          4. Kathy Woodard October 14, 2015 at 5:11 pm

            Update: We went back and glued heavy fishing weights to the inside bottom of the pvc! Worked for us.

          5. Danielle December 17, 2015 at 12:24 am

            I filled the bottom of the capped pipe with cement. Worked beautifully!

      3. Luke clear May 18, 2016 at 3:56 am

        Unreal

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    3. Alberta Voegele December 13, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      what is the size of the PVC pipe for the blower dryer holder and what is the best kind of paint to use to paint it with

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      1. Kathy Woodard December 30, 2014 at 9:56 am

        I am not sure on the size, I think you would want it to fit your particular blow dryer, and not be too tall… Any paint that would adhere to plastic will work!

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  4. ROSALINDA GARCIA DRYDEN October 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Love the ideas!

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  5. Joan steinka October 17, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I love this PVC stuff

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    1. Kathy Woodard October 22, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      We do too!

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  6. Daniel Allenbaugh October 30, 2014 at 9:12 am

    For the guys: make a real nice long or recurve bow from PVC. Check out backyardbowyer on YouTube.

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  7. Carol October 30, 2014 at 9:33 am

    PVC is toxic when it heats up or burns. In some states it is illegal to install pvc in a home. Although these are interesting creates, it would be far better to stay away from pvc. Who needs the extra material in their home?

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    1. Kathy Woodard October 31, 2014 at 7:16 am

      Hi Carol, I don’t think any of these projects would be subjected to high heat, but everyone has the right to put what they feel is safe for their family in their home! Thanks for the info!

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    2. jay November 3, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Sorry but you are incorrect. Just heating will not make them toxic. Please research before spreading you fear tactics.

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      1. M November 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm

        Actually Greenpeace says that PVC is toxic in every state, from production to disposal. There is a great debate going on about PVC. I personally avoid PVC in my home, I don’t go in the Spirit Halloween store (PVC smells terrible so it is very obvious if you walk into a room or store with a lot of PVC in it), and I do not purchase products with PVC in them. I don’t want to expose myself or my family to something that could potentially cause them harm. It is up to you to decide what you bring into your home.

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        1. Cheryl January 21, 2015 at 9:08 pm

          I am sorry, but I would be willing to bet, at least 9 out of 10 places your kids drink water from, has PVC pipes.

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        2. John April 7, 2015 at 5:07 am

          If your home was built after 1990, all of the drain pipe is PVC. Thus, your home is full of PVC.

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      2. Max July 12, 2015 at 6:20 am

        Perhaps there is some confusion between PVC piping and ABS piping. ABS (the black plastic pipes) which is used for drains & vents, gives off Acrylonitrile when it is heated, which is toxic & possibly carcinogenic.
        PVC (the white plastic pipes) on the other hand is very common as fresh water supply piping, for potable water, swimming pools, aquariums etc, as well as for drainage. PVC is even approved for use in potable water supply in California.
        It seems the main health concern would be from off-gassing of the phthalate plasticizers added to the PVC to make it softer & more flexible. But, in rigid fresh water supply PVC the concentrations of these are low, and many companies are making them without phthalates.
        The amount of off-gassing from any of these projects, especially the hair dryer holder, would be negligible, especially compared to a vinyl floor, or particle-board cabinets.

        If you are unsure of the safety of PVC in your home, I would suggest to only buy pipes/fittings for fresh water supply, not DWV (drain/waste/vent), and to paint it to help seal in any potential toxins. The major spray paint manufacturers such as Rustoleum make a line of paints specifically for plastics which don’t need a primer and bond extremely well to the plastic, although the colour selection is not fantastic.

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    3. Christin April 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      Oh goodness gracious me! First world problems!! Carol and M if you don’t like PVC and are so against it then why did you click on the link in the first place. In South Africa we are just grateful if we have a pipe bringing water into our homes. Just a thought: think before you type.

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  8. Nelda Walsh October 30, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Who would had thought PVC pipe could be turned into these wonderful things!! I love it…

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  9. Steve Steiner October 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    “Lamp parts” can be found at any big box or local hardware store. :-)

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  10. Bama belle October 30, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    “Lamp parts” can be purchased at big box home improvement stores, hobby stores and hardware stores. They usually call them lamp kits or lamp repair kits.

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  11. Carol October 31, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Best way to paint? Sandable spray primer maybe? Then what would be the best kind of paint to use? TIA

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    1. Shannon February 17, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      I found an inexpensive pvc stain on eBay that actually is absorbed into the surface of the pvc, making it much more durable. Not as many color options as paint, but won’t ever flake or affect the size of your material. The seller is listed as nmc1961.

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  12. Leslie October 31, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I bet if you use the a bigger pipe like the one for the shoes you could make a two litter holder that would be cool I might try it

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    1. sheila heaney April 23, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      the 6″ pvc pipe for the shoe holder is VERY difficult to cut; depending on how many you need, the weightis HUGE!!! try 6″ heavy duty mailing tubes available at Staples.com.Not sure of the glue used on pvc but hot glue will work on the mailers

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  13. theresa goins October 31, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I like all the things you can make with pvc pipe my husband made all kinds of stuff out of it on our farm

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  14. Terry October 31, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Neat ideas…but PVC is rarely cheap and NEVER free from any big boxstore like Home Depot or Lowe’s.

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    1. sheila heaney April 23, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      try using mailing tubes

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  15. Karen October 31, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    With those three lights, I would use an up light in the bottom.

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  16. Nancy Taxweiler November 1, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Two years ago I had an accident and I cannot walk. My husband used PVC pipe to make grab bars so I could pull myself up. He screwed them to the hardwood floors on both sides of the bed.

    Saved my family and aides lots of stress and I felt a little independent.

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    1. Sheryl Gilliland January 1, 2015 at 9:26 am

      I made rails for the toilet, and a chair for the tub on a pivot for my husband. When it felt iffy to hold weight, I fillied on side of the pipe with cement, until it felt stable.

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  17. charyl melson November 1, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    about the Contemporary PVC cutout lights. google “Snap in Sock Cord Set”, just cut with a small doorknob bit and insert these come with or without a switch on the cords, these bulbs are very low wattage mostly used in nightlights and yard decor for holidays

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  18. Ginger November 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    What great ideas ! I see vases but is it safe to grow herbs in a PVC pipe? I would think it would be considering our water runs thru it …

    Thank you!

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  19. Patrick November 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    To add light to the inside of the lamps I’d try using LED strips.

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  20. John Stubblefield November 3, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    For lamp parts for PVC lighting, I would highly recommend going to Amazon and search for LED strip lights. They are waterproof, use 12V DC, and.you can find 5 meter rolls of cool white or warm white for around $15. You just cut the strip to the length you want, and solder on the leads from the power supply, which you can buy from Radio Shack or possibly Wal-Mart. You can then attach the light strip using 3M VHB clear for a light that will be strictly indoors., or the 3M VHB gray tape which is made for indoor/outdoor applications. Just be certain you get the polarity right when soldering. DC projects will only work if the polarity is correct.
    I think if you looked long enough, you could even find the LED rolls in colors such as red, green, and blue also.
    You can also get 120 volt rope light, which well also need the power cable.

    I hope that help you DIY warriors.

    John

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  21. John Stubblefield November 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    On the strip lighting, be sure not to overload the power supply, paying attention to the wattage required and outputs of the supplies.

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  22. Brandy November 4, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    these are great! although, my dad was making those desk pvc holders way back when i was a kid..that would be the early 80s lol

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  23. Rhoda Edwards November 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Thank you for the great ideas. I am sure going to try a few of them. I am seeing pvc in a brand new way now.

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  24. deandginger November 6, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I think the chalkboard wine holder would also work for holding shoes, if the tubes are the right size, or maybe towels or other hard to stack type items. Surely some good ideas here! Thank you. Blessings!

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    1. sheila heaney April 23, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      pvc is costly and depending on your project can be heavy; try mailing tubes

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  25. Jennifer Russell November 8, 2014 at 7:14 am

    They forgot the lightsaber!

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  26. Nikki November 12, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I love these ideas. I saw someone else do the shoe organizer idea a while back and have wanted do it ever since. Maybe now I will finally stop procradtonating. Tanks for the inspiration!

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  27. Jo November 17, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    For the lamps… you can buy lamp “kits” at the same place you buy the pipes. .. or buy a string of lights and drill a hole into the back of the pipe and feed the lights in…

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  28. mohamed December 13, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Where does one buy this ingenious contraption?

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  29. Christy January 1, 2015 at 12:30 am

    This was fun! Great ideas :)

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  30. Mary January 25, 2015 at 6:01 am

    What fantastic ways to use PVC tubes. We live on a farm in northern Brazil and use a lot of it for irrigation and household plumbing. We always have offcuts, and I knew there must be a use for these. A very inspirational article, thanks.

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  31. Caprice January 26, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Love the ribbon storage idea! Thank you!

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  32. Cher B (@TheStickyApron) January 28, 2015 at 8:40 am

    This is pin worthy! If I had to pick a fav it is the wall in the bathroom. Such an inexpensive material could be used so many ways! You just opened up a whole new craft world to me. Thanks!

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  33. Zoili January 30, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    I love it. Tnak you

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  34. Cody Jenine House February 24, 2015 at 2:33 am

    I can’t wait to try some of these projects out! I have been eyeballing the blow dryer & straightener holder for awhile now.

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  35. Cati May 17, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Geniales súper ideas.

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  36. pam fisher July 13, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing. Wish I could pin these.

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  37. inbal January 8, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Wow so many ideas in one product! It’s amazing

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  38. Lorraine April 2, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    I love love love the pvc pipe idea fot thr blow dryer snd curling iron/straightener however the pipes I find have odd plastic shapes on them….like circles and line projections (hope I’m explaining that right)and also what size do you use…there are so many. I really hope to hear from hou cause I’d just love gto make this. Thanks so much for sharing such a great idea. Lorraine

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    1. Kathy Woodard May 3, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      I honestly don’t know what we used, but you really can just look at the piece and judge if it will fit your project… this project is really pretty simple, no need to take it too seriously!

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    2. Jess February 26, 2017 at 12:25 am

      I didnt know what it was so i searched and searched until I finally found it at the hardware store so unless you want a headache the easiest way to find it is to have an employee show you but you need “wye shape” pvc pipe I think the tutorials use “wye 3×3×2 “but there are smaller and larger sizes you could use as well. Hope that helps!

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  39. anet April 14, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    You could easily sit an inexpensive up-light underneath the tall cutout tube lamps, maybe carve out a small notch to allow for cord

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