My name is Kelly and I am a late-night snacker. There, I said it.
The problem with this – besides the ramifications to my waistline – is that our pantry has no lighting, so my solo evening cookie searches are conducted in the dark, which makes this whole image of me binging on cookies at 10 pm at least four times more pathetic. Better fix that.
Here’s a shot looking up to the ceiling:
Sorry about the blurry photo, but I like to maintain some mystery around here, so you’ll just have to wonder whether those peanut butter jars are creamy or crunchy.
(You just can’t stand it, can you?)
It’s against code regulations to install an incandescent lightbulb in a closet that small… which we might ignore if my dad wasn’t actually a home inspector, who likes to comment on code violations in restaurants and at other people’s homes. So if we installed an illegal bulb which burned down our entire house, I couldn’t go running home to mom and dad, and besides, they might not have any cookies.
Time to come up with another solution.
Enter these guys: LED Christmas lights we snagged for $2.50.
We also picked up a motion-sensing lightswitch from a yard sale for 25 cents, and an electrical outlet box for a dollar. Total invested: $3.75.
Andy hung the christmas lights on the inside of the pantry, just inside the trim. It’s pretty much impossible to get a good photo of this, but here’s an idea:
He brought in some electrical wires from a nearby switch and hooked up the motion sensor. I asked him for a quick tutorial, and he was like, “Oh it’s easy! You just hook it up like a regular lightswitch.” Right… so… just do that. And you’ll get this:
Because it’s motion-sensing, it only turns on when you open the pantry door. So once it’s installed, you close the pantry door, then OPEN IT REAL QUICK to try to catch the light coming on. You can’t. It’s QUICK.
Before and after:
Because the lights are installed all around the outside edge, the effect you get is this techno blue glow which evenly lights the whole pantry. Whereas if we’d installed a lightbulb in the ceiling, it would mostly just light the top shelf, casting shadows down to the bottom, and you’d have to store your cookies on the top shelf at all times.
I think it’s a pretty solid solution to a very critical problem for under four bucks.
And there is one of each, by the way. Peanut butter jars that is: a creamy and a crunchy. My life is an open book.
We just found an AWESOME new lighting solution that might’ve worked better than this. Check it out here!
Check out a few more of our “hacks” here:
I read ugly books: a decorating hack
A thrifty, healthy black bean trick
A plate hanging hack
Easy trick to hang frames in a straight, level grid