How To Create Shutter Sconces

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Hi!  Okay so these sconces are not technically on the headboard but they could be if you wanted them that way.  Today I am showing you how to create sconces for a headboard!

I was given the paint used on the sconces as part of the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest from Country Chic Paint but all of the opinions are 100% my own.

I made these to go with my awesome Shutter Headboard project but I wanted to show you how to make them too.

 

How To Create Shutter Sconces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created my own sconces from plumbing and electrical parts. They are perfect in the shutters...on the wall!

 

How To Create Shutter Sconces

I created these with a short list of supplies:  (some of these links are affiliate links and some are to the Menard’s website for your convenience)

 

DIY Shutter Sconces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created my own sconces from plumbing and electrical parts. They are perfect in the shutters...on the wall!

 

Electrical clip on lamp

1/2 in pvc pipe – not shown in photo

1/2 pvc elbow fitting

Galvanized Pipe Floor Flange

Connector

Super Glue

White Spray Paint/Primer

Dark Walnut Spray Paint

Metallic Cream Paint – Trigger – from Country Chic

The first thing I did was to take the clip off the lamp and remove the socket and cord from the metal shade.  I took the shade outside and sprayed the inside of them with my favorite Rust-Oleum White Paint/Primer.  I wanted the inside of the sconces to be a lighter color to help reflect the light.  I also primed the outside of the lamps with a darker spray paint.  I wanted the metallic cream from Country Chic Paint to have a dark undercoat.

 

DIY Shutter Sconces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created my own sconces from plumbing and electrical parts. They are perfect in the shutters...on the wall!

 

Then I worked on the wiring.  I needed to wire through the elbow, pvc pip, connector and flange so I had to remove the wiring from the socket/switch.

 

DIY Shutter Sconces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created my own sconces from plumbing and electrical parts. They are perfect in the shutters...on the wall!

 

I unwrapped the wire from the connector but there is a little “trip” that you have to push down for it to release the wire.  Jeff used a tiny screwdriver to do this.

Then I created the pipe part of the sconce.  When I purchased the lamp and the pieces it was hard to tell if the elbow fitting would fit into the socket piece.  Of course it did not but I needed that size.  Jeff got out the big guns.  His super glue to glue the two pieces together.  It is super strong and so far….everything is holding.  He got this at Hobby Lobby.

 

DIY Shutter Sconces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created my own sconces from plumbing and electrical parts. They are perfect in the shutters...on the wall!

 

 




 

This is how the pieces went together.

 

 

DIY Shutter Sconces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created my own sconces from plumbing and electrical parts. They are perfect in the shutters...on the wall!

 

DIY Shutter Sconces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created my own sconces from plumbing and electrical parts. They are perfect in the shutters...on the wall!

 

Then we threaded the cord through the metal flange, through the pipe, around the elbow and back into the socket.  Then we re-attached the wires to the socket/switch and attached the shade.

 

DIY Shutter Sconces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created my own sconces from plumbing and electrical parts. They are perfect in the shutters...on the wall!

 

Then I sprayed the entire sconce with the dark spray paint from before.  I used a Rust-Oleum spray in the same dark walnut color.  Then with the metallic cream.  I love this stuff.  It worked really well in the paint sprayer after being thinned quite a bit.  It is a pretty thick paint.

 

DIY Shutter Sconces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created my own sconces from plumbing and electrical parts. They are perfect in the shutters...on the wall!

 

Don’t they look beautiful?  Now they are ready to be attached to the shutter.

Putting It All Together

As I wrote in my headboard post, Jeff drilled a large hole for the cord to thread through so it would be behind the shutter then plug into the outlet in the floor at the foot of our bed.

 

DIY Shutter Sconces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created my own sconces from plumbing and electrical parts. They are perfect in the shutters...on the wall!

 

The final look came out so nice.

 

DIY Shutter Sconces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created my own sconces from plumbing and electrical parts. They are perfect in the shutters...on the wall!

 

DIY Shutter Headboard - www.michellejdesigns.com - See how I created a headboard and bedside table sconces by using garage sale shutters!

 

 

DIY Shutter Sconces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created my own sconces from plumbing and electrical parts. They are perfect in the shutters...on the wall!

 

DIY Shutter Sconces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created my own sconces from plumbing and electrical parts. They are perfect in the shutters...on the wall!

 

DIY Shutter Sconces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created my own sconces from plumbing and electrical parts. They are perfect in the shutters...on the wall!

 

I just love the whole look but the sconces really steal the show!  And I am now officially hooked on creating lamps, sconces and soon I want to make a pendant or two.

I urge you to try it.  These sconces cost me about $12 each.  Much cheaper than purchasing from a retailer and twice the fun.

You can find some of my favorite products and tools for creating these kind of projects in my Favorite Things Store.  Take a look!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Michelle

 

 

Milk-Paint - www.michellejdesigns.com - I love this piece even more now that it has this beautiful Buttermilk Old Fashioned Milk Paint.

 

DIY Metal Lampshade - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this from a piece of metal and some embroidery hoops and you can too!

DIY Metal Lampshade

Farmhouse Look Lamp on a Budget - www.michellejdesigns.com - I love the farmhouse look. I created this lamp from Thrift store parts and I think it would fit into any farmhouse decor

Farmhouse Look Lamp on a Budget

 

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4 Comments

  1. Heather Northington

    What an incredible job you did on these sconces! I love the industrial look you gave them against the shutters. Its a perfect mix match that works beautifully. I appreciate all the links to the supplies too. Can’t wait to make something like this! Thanks Michelle.

    31 . 05 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks so much Heather! I am getting more and more into this industrial look. It is sort of out of place in my old, victorian home but we had sort of changed it all over so it’s fitting in better! Thanks for stopping by!

      02 . 06 . 2016
  2. Gayle Church

    I have been looking for a DIY for bedroom lamps like these and I thank you for posting this with all of the great info. I want mine to have a more traditional shade attached instead of the metal. And I love the fact they are attached to the shutters! Thanks again.

    09 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Yay! Hi Gayle. I am glad this helps you. If you have questions feel free to contact me. Thanks so much for the comment. You made my day!

      09 . 08 . 2016

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