This light wall is a great way to add some affordable and very dramatic lighting to your home. You can use soft indirect lighting so that this project casts a nice warm glow in your home. Don’t worry, if you want you can make only one tire accent light. This would make a cool light hung above a child’s bedside table. It would also look great in the bathroom or entry way of an industrial style loft. Don’t forget a movie room or reck room in the basement. This tire accent light wall has endless possibilities in almost any setting.
To Make a Tire Light Wall You Will Need:
Tires (As many as you want)
Glass Frosting Spray Paint
Strings of Christmas Lights
Primer (Spray Paint)
Spray Paint (You choose the colors)
Now, of course the first step is to thoroughly clean your tires. Do this outside. Be sure to spray the soap off thoroughly with the hose. Any left over soap residue will cause the paint not to stick.
Now, spray on a coat of primer. Kilz makes a great spray on primer that is perfect for this tire inspired home improvement craft project.
Once the primer has dried then spray on a coat of you spray paint. You can do anything from florescent orange to hammer metal. You could even spray on some of that spray on granite paints form Krylon. Have fun with this step of the project. You can’t decide if you want these tires to really pop by painting them in a bold color or have them be less noticeable with a neutral paint.
Now, while the paint is drying you can apply your frosting spray to the glass. You will need on piece of glass for even tire. These should be cut into circle tat are slightly large than the inside of your tire. Maybe at most an inch larger.
Lay the glass circles out on some news paper in the yard. Follow the directions of your spray on frosting paint. You can buy this stuff fin the spray paint area at any arts and crafts store. I have even seen it at home improvement stores.
Now, let this dry completely.
Run a thick bead of epoxy glue inside the circle edge of your tire. Place the glass inside the back of the tire and then inside the epoxy glue. Repeat on all of your tires. Let this dry completely.
Now, I would use at least a 6 to 10 foot string of lights for each tire. You can use a staple gun to attach them to the inside walls of the tire just like if you were hanging the lights outside of your home. Have the lights zig zag back and forth inside of the tire. I recommend hanging the lights at least two inches away form the glass so you can not tell they are strings of lights, that is up to you though.
Now, you also need to leave enough length of light so that it can hang out of your tire and be plugged in. If you have to run this a long way to a plug, then you might want a much longer string of Christmas slights.
Hang your tire lights on the wall with a screw that is drilled into a stud. You can also use a toggle bolt or plastic anchors if you have drywalls. Simple hang the ire up on the back, catching it on the inside rim.
Plug your tire in and your are ready to go!
Now, I recommend hanging these tires in a grouping behind a couch. This allows you start high on the wall. Let your cords hang down. Your next lower tire will cover it. Plug the lights into a safe power strip on the ground and then plug that into the wall. This way all of the lights can easily tuned on at once. You can also use Christmas lights that twinkle for a very eye catching look!