Do you know what kind of lights are a little hard to enjoy? Sconces. I mean, there are some great ones for sure, but (there is always a but) most of the ones that I really loved are SO expensive. Or they don’t have enough personality. Or I look at it and say “hmmmmm. I could make that myself.”
Today’s project falls in category #3.
After the hallway makeover started I knew I wanted to change out the lights. I pondered and pondered and pondered and could not come up with something that made my heart skip a beat. So I asked on FB what your favorite online lighting stores are, and ended up at Shades of Light (which is an AMAZING store BTW.) and I fell in love with these convertible wall lights.
In fact they reminded me of these happy bowls that I had just scored at the thrift store that morning (.75 each)
So it was decided. I was going to track down a bowl (actually 2) to make a light out of. I hunted for a few days and found bowls of all shapes and sizes. It was impossible to find one that was footed and large enough, so I changed up my search a little. I ended up with these bamboo bowls from Target that were on CLEARANCE!! Bam.
To do this yourself you will need:
A Light Socket
An awesome light bulb. (I always get mine at Lowes.)
Start by drilling a small pilot hole into the center of your bowl. Then using a 1/4” drill bit drill the hole larger. The purposes of the pilot hole are 1. to make sure that it really is in the center of your bowl (that way if you flub it up you can re-drill) and 2. so that when you drill into the bowl with your larger bit you get a smooth clean hole and don’t need to worry about the wood splitting.
If you already have had a sconce on your wall then there should be a hanging bar with your old light. If not then you will need one. Your socket kit will come with a nipple that attaches to the bottom of your socket (you can see detailed pics on what this looks like here) Splice your wire in with the wires that are in the wall with wire nuts, then attach your hanging bar.
Feed your wire through the hole in your bowl and attach the socket per the included instructions (or have your cute husband do it while you take pictures and he says “can I move now?”)
A light that has a visible light bulb screams for an Edison/Vintage style bulb. You can find them online or at your local Home Improvement store. They will run you about $8.00 each. The most important thing to remember is that it is part of the design. Don’t skimp on something so fantastic!
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