To start making this wall carving into a light, my husband built a frame around it out of 1 x 3's to set it away from the wall.
I stained the 1"x 3" frame to closely match the carved panel, and also saturated the antique carving with tung oil to bring it back to life (using a toothbrush in all the crevasses).
Then I took some rope lighting (that I never found a use for) and secured it to the frame with large brads.
Lighted, it creates a lovely candle-like ambiance in the dining room.
When we were decorating the Yoga Studio we were looking for a similar panel, so here are some ideas if you are interested in creating a lighted panel like this one from Overstock:
Lighted panels...hmm, now I'm thinking maybe a headboard or room divider?
Have you made anything come to life by adding light?
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