Master Bedroom Reading Lights (Made from Vases!)

Well the master bedroom progress continues! Here is an update on the to do list:

  • Empty the room (check! We are now sleeping in the office :) )
  • Pull off the baseboard and cabinet doors (check!)
  • Fill all holes (check!)
  • Sand down weird bumps in walls/the holes we filled (check!)
  • Create a plank wall (CHECK! Super excited about this part)
  • Prime the bedroom (check! minus the ceiling….blahhhhhh)
  • Paint bedroom walls (check!)
  • Paint and hang new baseboard and crown molding (it is already white, just needs touch-ups) (check!)
  • Caulk around baseboard and crown molding (half way finished!)
  • Make headboard
  • Make bed frame to match headboard (check!)
  • Make “night/reading lights” (check!)
  • Decide room lighting (DIY chandelier vs recessed lighting) (check!)
  • New item: Hang lighting

So, as you can see, one of the things on the to do list is to make night lights/reading lights. I’m not talking about whipping something up from scratch ;), just something fun and different!

I ran across THIS TUTORIAL on Vintage Revivals a while ago, and I have been a’itchin’ and a’scratchin’ to put something similar into action over here at the cottage!

The first step was to find two matching vases, as we hope to have one hanging on either side of the bed. I found these little babies for $7 each at Marshall’s:


I also picked up a Hitachi Metal Twist Drill Bit at Lowe’s–basically a bit that has industrial-grade diamond chips on its end so that you can cut through glass and tile.

I don’t need to reinvent the wheel here, as Mandi at Vintage Revivals did an excellent job, so I will just give you a quick rundown of the process.


  • Vases
  • Drill and aforementioned drill bit
  • Blanket or towel
  • Painter’s tape
  • Water (straight from the hose is best, but a large pitcher or tub of water can probably work)
  • A cup
  • Outside (ok…not really a supply ;), but definitely a necessity!)

So I took all my supplies outside near our hose, folded up my blanket so it was nice and cushy, and placed my vase upside down on the blanket.


Next I turned on my hose (with the sprayer head attachment so as not to waste water) and filled up my cup with water. You will be constantly pouring water from the cup as you drill, so keep the hose handy to keep that cup filled up!

Here is a picture of the drill bit up close so that you know what we’re working with.


The last step before drilling is to place a piece of painter’s tape over the center of your vase base, as it will help the drill bit to “grab”/gain traction as you start. I am SO. GLAD. that Mandi included this step in her glass drilling video tutorial, as it helped a ton!


Now drill!! You will start at a 45 degree angle until you get a good grip into the glass (once it catches you can remove the piece of tape), pouring water over where you are drilling the whole time. Once you get the drill completely vertical, keep pouring the water, and use firm, but not extreme, pressure to keep the drill cutting through the glass. The below picture shows you what it will look like after a short while of drilling.


I can’t stress enough that you should check out Vintage Revival’s tutorial, as it is a FULL VIDEO of the process!! Watching that made me feel way more confident in what I was doing. Mandi is smart to point out that once you get close to being all the way through the glass, you will want to very mindful of how much pressure you are applying. Should you be pushing too hard, your drill could actually drop down and crack your glass–BOO!


There you have it! Above shows what your hole will look like, and below shows you what the glass cut outs look like. The drill bit is hollow in the middle so that those pieces of glass have somewhere to go!


Success! Once the holes were drilled, I used two pendant kits from Lowe’s to turn the vases into actual lights. I will be sure to post more pictures once we have them up in the room!

Thanks, as always, for reading! I so love your comments, so don’t be shy!!


  1. So cool!!! Definitely want to try this myself! We have to start looking for cool vases, jars!

  2. You guys should have a show on HGTV. For reals.

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