DIY Lighted Wall Sconce

Michael Scott
by Michael Scott
9 Materials
2 Days
I had an idea for a custom wall sconce. Found Some metal wall sconces in the closet that originally had metal candle holders that hung from them. I wanted to use them on boards that were done to match headboard I made previously and hang lanterns that I purchased at gift department of local pharmacy.
I had some scrap 1x4x8 boards and 1/4 inch panel board that were given to me and I wanted to make use of them. I cut four 1x6 boards to desired size(2 for each sconce), and 4 strips of the panel board to cover center. I nailed the panel board in place on each side using 5/8 inch nails.
  1. I checked to see which side had the best wood grain and chose the opposite side to install hanging hardware.
I stained them using weathered grey stain. I used a cut up T-shirt and dipped it in stain and lightly wiped it onto board, I let dry overnight.
I placed the metal sconces on to get an idea on placement later.
I added some silver acrylic paint to clear wax and lightly dipped a brush and painted a layer on each one.
Then I added dark wax.
I added white wax and let dry overnight.
I sanded lightly with fine sandpaper.
Then I added a thin coat of white wax And mounted metal sconce. I placed the lanterns on and hung them on the wall.
Resources for this project:
See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
  3 questions
  • Lynda McDonald Lynda McDonald on Oct 21, 2018

    how did you make them light up ?

  • Dianne Dianne on Oct 21, 2018

    Love this project. Do they light up?

  • Momo s Momo s on Nov 27, 2018

    Have you been doing this for quite a while? would a novice, such as I, know to add silver paint to clear wax...then dark wax...then white wax..then sand and another coat of white wax? I probably would have stopped at grey no concept of adding clear, dark, white and white wax again. I should have gone to wax class in college, but think it was only offered at 8:00 AM..project looks great though!!

Join the conversation
3 of 11 comments