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DIY Wall Sconce Hack Your Wallet will Love


DIY wall sconce or home decor hack? Whatever you call it, this simple DIY project looks beautiful and doesn’t cost a lot.

Simple modern wall sconce hanging over the headboard of the bedroom in an organic modern bedroom

Sure, It’s a DIY Wall Sconce, But It’s Also a wireless wall sconce. Which is much better in my opinion – no hardwiring or power cords required. So that means…this would be a great beginner DIY and/or weekend project for anyone who needs to tackle lighting on a budget.

I found a simple wall lamp online (at a good price) that I thought I’d use as a place holder until I found what I really wanted.

But after a simple change, I liked it and it turned out to be so much more than I thought it would be. So I stopped watching…at least for now.

Click through for the simple tutorial in 3 easy steps – for under $65 per scone!

I found something simple wall sconce For the bedroom which I really liked. Color, shape, it’s all like that.

The only problem was that they were more than I wanted to spend ($600-1,000 for a pair – depending on size). So, as always, I thought I’d try to find/make something similar for less cost.

I was expecting to spend less than $100, and in full disclosure, I went over budget.

but not too much. And I’m quite happy with how their result turned out.

It’s amazing what some spray paint and tape can do to completely change the ambiance, isn’t it?

A Simple Globe Wall Sconce from Taping and Spray Painting

DIY Wall Sconce Ideas

i found Simple Scones on Amazon For less than $50 each and ordered them right away. They’re a few dollars more now than when I bought them, but still a lot.

Then I went to a local hardware store and bought some spray primer and a spray paint in a neutral color that would work on metal.

Material

Instruction

1. Remove the glass globe and tape off the parts you don’t want to spray paint.

I already had blue painters tape at home, so I used that to tape off the base of each sconce, after removing the lamp shade/globe.

You can use any type of painters tape or masking tape you have on hand. Just don’t use duct tape as it will likely leave a residue.

*IMPORTANT: Make sure you tape off the inside area where the bulb will go. You absolutely do not want any paint to get into that area.

2. Prime and paint the metal base of the sconce outdoors in a well-ventilated area.

After taping everything down, I took the sconces outside to spray paint them. I started with a thin layer of primer on each of the two scion locations.

Once the primer was dry, I spray-painted a beige-tan color on each sconce base.

*I highly recommend using a primer made for metal (I linked it in the ingredients list). This will ensure that the paint adheres properly to the surface. You wouldn’t want the paint to bleed after all the effort put in to make them look their best, would you?

3. Once dry, remove tape, install and reattach sconce base.

After that dried I brought them back inside and removed the tape. Then I reconnected the sconces and they were both ready for installation.

I don’t have specific installation instructions to share as it really depends on whether you are hardwired or not.

If you choose to hardwire the lights with the help of an electrician (and use regular light bulbs), there will obviously be some extra cost for installation.

But if you try the lighting hack below instead, it should only be about $20 of the total cost, which I’ve already included in the final budget statement.

beige globe light in mid century modern style above an arched bedroom in organic modern bedroom

wireless wall sconce hack

So how do you make these beautiful wall sconces wireless?

You probably can’t tell from the pictures (and that’s the point), but my bedroom wall sconces are not hardwired. Instead I used the magic light trick so I didn’t have to worry about electrical wiring. Easier and faster than getting an electrician.

So now I’ve got the look of the sconce light without all the hassle. Wireless wall lights might just be the best home decor hack of recent times.

use puck lights

puck light trick This is when you fit a battery powered puck light where a bulb would normally go.

And then instead of using the light switch, use the remote to control when the lights come on. Creating wireless sconces effectively.

The back of the puck light is usually attached with command strips or adhesive tape, but I’ve seen some people use hot glue as well. Not sure if I’d recommend that last one, though.

  • are wireless puck lights For this purpose material available at many places online is used. i got a bunch of led’s puck lights on amazon Which will work for this purpose. There are also some options for rechargeable lightbulbs.

using screw in bulbs

There are special types of bulbs that you can actually plug in where a normal bulb would be, that also work with a remote control.

So it’s a good option for places where you don’t want to use command strips or puck lights won’t fit, etc.

That’s the option I went with – and it battery operated bulb are similar to the ones I used (there are more options, Like a magic bulb or something.

Minimal organic modern bedroom with simple wall sconces, wooden nightstands and neutral bedding

Benefits Of Choosing Wireless Wall Sconces

Besides potentially having to deal with installing a new electrical box and doing electrical work, there are some other strong advantages to going the wireless route.

  1. You can position each light almost anywhere you want, which isn’t always possible with hardwired lights.
  2. Since they are battery operated bulbs, they will work even if the power goes out. Which is a huge advantage for a person like me. I don’t know if it’s a Southern California thing or what, but our power goes out semi-regularly here. And it can be annoying, especially at night.
  3. Last but not least, it’s easy! Probably one of the easiest projects you can do to upgrade your home. Making it the perfect choice for beginners (or anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time on at-home projects).

How much did these battery operated wall sconces cost?

Overall, the cost of this project was much higher than I expected. The final budget details are given below.

Even though I went a little over budget, I’m happy with the results. I ended up saving over $450+ compared to the sconces I was originally thinking of.

And because they were so affordable, I wouldn’t mind spray painting them a new color if I ever decided to replace it.

cancellation of fixed capital

In case you’re curious, here are the full budget details of how much this sconce hack actually cost me.

  • $49.99 per Head ($99.98 for two)
  • $6.19 Primer Spray Paint
  • $5.98 Colorful Spray Paint
  • $17.46 Battery Operated Puck Light
  • Painters tape (no extra cost as I already had this)

Total Cost: $129.61 for two scones or $64.80 each

I hope you found this easy DIY project useful. And now that you know how to make these budget-friendly wall sconces to create ambient lighting, you can find different ways to start using rechargeable light bulbs in your home for a warm glow.

They’re a great way to add wall-mounted lighting to a bedside table or window seat, next to a fireplace in the living room or on a gallery wall in the dining room—you can even use them as reading lights.

So many easy ways to incorporate wireless lights into your home.

Bedroom detail with wooden nightstands, neutral bedding and simple modern wall sconces

Side view of wireless wall sconce in minimalist neutral bedroom

DIY Wall Sconce (Lighting Hack)

I found some simple wall sconces for the bedroom which I really liked. But they were more than I wanted to spend ($600-1,000 for a pair – depending on size). So, as always, I thought I’d try to find/make something similar for less cost. I was hoping to spend less than $100. I went over budget, but not by much. And I’m very happy with how they turned out. It’s amazing what some spray paint and tape can do to completely change the ambiance, isn’t it?

Keyword: DIY, Home Decor, Lighting, Tutorials, Wall Sconces

Servings: 2 sconces

Author: Britney

Cost: $112

Remove the glass globe and tape off the parts you don’t want to spray paint.

  • I already had blue painters tape at home so I used that to tape off the base of each sconce, after removing the glass shade/globe. You can use any type of painters tape or masking tape you have on hand. Just won’t use duct tape.

  • *IMPORTANT: Make sure you tape off the inside area where the bulb will go. You don’t want any paint to get into that area.

Prime and paint the metal base of the sconce outside in a well-ventilated area.

  • After taping everything down, I took the sconces outside to spray paint them. I started with a thin layer of primer on each of the two scion locations. Once the primer was dry, I spray-painted a beige-tan color on each sconce base.

  • *I highly recommend using a primer made for metal (I linked it in the ingredients list). This will ensure that the paint adheres properly to the surface.

Once dry, remove tape, install and reattach sconce base.

  • After that dried I brought them back inside and removed the tape. Then I put a light bulb on and put the glass shades back on and they were ready to be installed. However, while installing, I realized that it would have been easier to have the sconces unattached unless the base was mounted to the wall.

  • still! You can fix them firmly in the wall with the help of an electrician. Or do the puck light trick with the remote.

How much did the wall sconce cost?
Overall, the cost of this project was much higher than I expected. The final budget details are given below. Even though I went a little over budget, I’m happy with the results. I ended up saving over $480+ compared to the sconces I was originally thinking of.
And because they were so affordable, I wouldn’t mind spray painting them a new color if I ever decided to replace it.
cancellation of fixed capital
In case you’re curious, here are the full budget details of how much this sconce hack actually cost me.
$49.99 per sconce ($99.98 for two)
$6.19 Primer Spray Paint
$5.98 Colorful Spray Paint
painters tape (no cost)
Total Cost: $112.15 for two scones

Are you looking for any other DIY tutorials related to lighting?

  • 16 of my favorite table lamps right now. There are some very unique ones on the list. It also includes a few that I can personally recommend because I have them (and I love them).
  • 8 DIY Lighting Ideas – My post on great lighting trends that are totally DIY-able.
  • One of the most unique DIY pendant lights we’ve ever made. And don’t know whether it was good or bad at this time. He was unique… I will say that. haha
  • And the DIY Globe Table Lamp With Concrete.



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