Friday, July 20, 2012

DIY IKEA SCONCE HACK

For a long while I have been looking for lighting for the master bedroom. Always planning on using a sconce on either side of the bed, I purchased two Small Architecture Boom Sconces from Restoration Hardware , BUT they were too big for the room. {Sad Face}. Frustrated that I waited too long to return them, I don't want to spend a lot of money right now on new lights, especially since I am trying to save for a new counter top for the kitchen (shhh don't tell Ryan). So long story short, I was at IKEA and on a whim, cause I usually don't bother to go through the lighting section, I did, and came across these...

(OH AND IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN PURCHASING THOSE TWO RESTO SCONCES FROM ME, I'LL SELL THEM AT 280.00 FOR THE PAIR, JUST SHOOT ME AN EMAIL)


It's only 15 bucks and even though I don't like the shade its shown with - its just too small (but the shade sells separate anyway) and the finish wasn't what I was looking for, I thought for $15 each it would be worth trying to spray paint them and buying new shades.

HERE ARE MY STEPS:

1.) COVER THE CORD WITH SARAN WRAP (PLASTIC WRAP)
2.) COVER THE LIGHT SOCKET WITH PAINTERS TAPE
3.) SPRAY WITH PRIMER
4.) SPRAY SEVERAL COATS OF DESIRED COLOR (IN MY CASE BRASS/GOLD)






I ended up making another trip to IKEA to check out the lamp shade options, as I did not like the one shown on display with the sconce. I wanted something larger and more of a drum shape. This is what I found...


The JARA lampshade. The best part about it is you can change the position of how it sits on a lamp - see below (sorry for the blurry pics).

BEFORE

AFTER
 I chose to flip the fitting in the shade the other direction so I could place it on the sconce like this...



I decided to hang mine upside down from how they are intended. I like the look better this way and wanted down lighting as opposed to up lighting because they are next to our bed and needed for night reading. I also plan to do something with the cord, as I don't like that its black, so either replace it with a white cord (the sconces are easily removable b/c they just slide into a bracket that's attached to the wall) or get a white wall cord cover. Eventually, maybe I'll even take on the task this weekend, the walls will be painted white, and I will attempt soon to make a tufted headboard.


What do you think? I'm satisfied for now, I think it turned out to be a good solution until I want to spend the $$ on lighting I really want. If the gold isn't for you, I bet Oil Rubbed Bronze would be great too!


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