DIY Sconces

Hey guys, just thought I'd pop in with a cute and easy DIY project for you! As much as I love our hundred year old house, there are a few drawbacks to living in a house like ours. To start with, we are renting, so there's not much we can do in terms of major fixes or alterations to house. We have plenty of windows that let in natural light during the day (which I LOVE), but our overhead lighting in most of the rooms is very dim (read USELESS), so it tends to be very dark at night.

Dinner by candlelight sounds romantic, but when it's the only way to eat where you can see your plate, it begins to take away from the romanticism a bit. We've put a tall lamp in the dining room, but I wanted something a little different; so, I came up with this cute and inexpensive way to add "sconces" to the room, and add a little light.


2 Wooden Plaques

2 Coat Hooks

2 Corded Lights

Craft Paint (acrylic)


2 1/2" Screws


2 Lanterns

Heavy Duty Command Strips

I was able to purchase everything I needed from the crafts store, and most of them were on sale, which totaled at around $25 (I had the paint, brushes, and screws). I started with two simple wooden plaques and painted them this nice yellow color. Afterwords, I decided to go back and brush in some light strokes of the turquoise and a bit of white, to give it that washed out/aged look. I then used the same turquoise, and a bit of yellow, to paint the coat hook. I thought it gave it a more cohesive look with the lanterns. After everything was dry, I decided where I wanted the placement of the hooks, and added the screw to the plaques. Then, I carefully slid the hooks on, so as not to scratch up the paint. Finally, I popped the lights into the tops of the lanterns, and ta-da! Done!

We aren't allowed to put holes in the walls, so I used heavy duty command strips to hang these. If you want, you could add a little picture hanger to the backs, and hang them on the wall. The lights I used are the kind you get for doll houses or holiday displays. You could easily use LED candles or something similar. There are so many ways to make this project your own! Have fun with it, and tell me what you think!

It was hard to get a decent picture of them, but at night, it brings a nice soft glow to the room.

Fourth of July

With the Fourth of July just two days away, you may be trying to throw together a fun and festive little backyard BBQ. Trying to do it on a budget? Check out my super easy Fourth of July BBQ Tablescape post from last year. It's full of affordable ideas and resources to help make this year's party a blow out!