I’m really excited about today’s post because I’m going to show you how to make your own sconce on the cheap. I came up with this idea when I was working on the Branch Light Project. Then I saw the CB2 Black Flush Mount Lamps and knew I was on to something.
Tah-dah! The inspiration lights from CB2 cost $50,which for lighting is a great price. My sconces, however, came in for less than $10 per light. Come on?! $20 for two lights. How can you pass that up…If you’re like me, then you’ll have spray paint on hand. This means you can make these puppies for even less.
These pretties also give off the most flattering light. If there was just a wee bit more counter space, a larger shower, the floor tiles weren’t cracked, the door closed all the way, it was closer to my bedroom…basically if everything about this bathroom were different…I would take this bathroom over as my own just to be able to look at myself in this lighting.
(Full disclosure: I made these sconces before I started blogging so there aren’t any before pictures of the lighting or bathroom. My bad. To give you an idea: the entire bathroom was painted in the green grout color. And by “entire” I mean walls and ceiling.)
Other supplies: drop cloth, small box/small piece of styrofoam, and a stool or table.
Prepare the lamp holder:
- Put a little wad of paper towel or newspaper in the socket and then cover it with a little painters tape. The tape will keep the paper secure and also prevents the paper from soaking up a lot of spray paint. Make sure none of the tape is on any part of the lamp that will be exposed.
- Put the lamp holder on a covered elevated surface. I covered a bar stool with a drop cloth. This is important because it’ll raise the lamp holder which will make it easier to spray the bottom edge of the lamp holder.
- Spray the lamp holder with a thin layer of spray paint and let it dry. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. It took me about 5 passes doing thin layers to get it completely painted. These lights are at eye level so you’ll be able to see any drip marks or imperfections in the paint. It’s important to take your time and be patient.
Prepare the screws:
- The lamp holder will come with screws you’ll use to mount the fixture to the wall. Push these screws into a box or piece of styrofoam so they’ll stay upright. Then spray paint the tops of them. If you don’t paint them, you’ll have silver screws heads popping out. U-G-L-Y.
- After the light is installed you’ll have to touch up the screws. Just spray some paint into a plastic container and use a paint brush or Q-tip to touch up the screws.
Now all you have to do is install the light. I wish I could walk you through that process but Mr. Man is my official light installer.
This video gives you a good idea of how to do it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01kBKS7hz5s. Mr. Man says that on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being easy-breezy and 5 being super hard) the installation of this light was a “1”. (BTW: does anyone ever give the scale 1 to 5 and make “1” the hardest and “5” the easiest?)
Here are the lights again:
- Be sure you buy the keyless lamp holder if your original sconces are hardwired.
- You may be tempted to buy the plastic lamp holder. Don’t. Even spray painted it will still look cheap because the plastic edge is pretty thin and won’t give off the shine the porcelain does.
- And finally, if you anticipate that you’ll be wiping down the fixture a lot you should prime the lamp holder before spray painting it. This bathroom doesn’t get much use (for the reasons state above) so it just needs some occasional dusting. Were I putting these in a high traffic bathroom, I would definitely prime before painting.