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.
I have wanted lights by the bed for reading but our tables are pretty small and a lamp would take up a lot of that table top space. These metal sconces were the perfect solution.
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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)
1/2 in pvc pipe – not shown in photo
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.
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.
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.
This is how the pieces went together.
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.
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.
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.
The final look came out so nice.
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.
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