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I am excited to show you my DIY plug-in wall sconce light fixture that I just made. If you had told me years ago when I purchased my two pencil lamps that one day I would take the lamps apart, pull out the wiring, shove the wire through a piece of pipe, screw it to a broken table, hang it on my wall, then, take pictures of it and share it all over the Internet, I would say you were crazy.
I purchased my wood table from the thrift store for $5, and I was going to use it on my back porch at our lake house. A few days after I left it at the lake house, a storm came through and blew many limbs down in our yard and on our porch. One limb hit my table and broke it. I was out of town when my husband drove to the lake to clean up after the storm. He threw the broken legs away but he knew that I would want to make something from the top.
I can’t stand to waste anything, especially money, so I got to thinking about what I could make from my thrifted table that broke in half. I was wanting to make some wall sconce plugin lamps for a while because the lamps on our bedside table took up a lot of room. And there ya go! I knew what I was going to use for my sconces! Now for the lighting.
I was planning on purchasing two light kits but my cheap self saw my old pencil lamps in my pile of stuff to donate, and I just wondered if I could take the lamps apart and pull out the wiring.
I first went and asked my voice of reason (hubby) if this would work, and he gave me the thumbs up.
I unscrewed the lamp at the top.
I unscrewed the lamp at the bottom, removed the wires, and spray painted the wires.
Next, I worked on the wall sconces aka “broken table”.
I removed the screws with an electric screwdriver and removed the boards.
My husband found three pieces of scrap wood in our garage and we used it to secure the boards together.
I saw this piece of metal pipe and this other thing that it screwed into at my local hardware store, and I have no idea what it is, I just know that it looks like a wire could fit through it.
I created a hole in the board for the wire to fit through with an electric screwdriver. I attached the metal pipe to the boards with screws and ran the wire through it until I made it the desired length I wanted. I got my husband to rewire the old lamp wiring because he is the smarter one, but you can google how to rewire a plugin lamp. I did make sure that my lamp hangs far enough away from the wood sconce so that it will not touch the wood or that the wood gets hot. If you love this look, but do not want to make them, I found these wall sconces that you can purchase and they are very similar.
I am so pleased with my DIY plug-in wall sconce light fixture that I made from a thrifted and broken table. This may be my favorite project for the Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge that I have made so far!