I have a very small living room which means I don't have any room for end tables, so no room for table lamps and no room for floor lamps. So to add more lighting, I came up with this design for wall sconces that incorporates a shelf that can double as small end tables. I made them using standard materials from the hardware store and only a few hand tools like a drill and a hand saw!
Small Living Room Lighting Ideas: How to Make a Wall Lamp/sconce
The design come together after a lot of tinkering and experimenting!
I made each component for the lamp separately, starting with the lamp base. I made it with embroidery hoops, square wood dowels and foam board, which I covered with 3/4" iron-on wood edging.
I made the lamp base so that I can have the lamp shade facing up or down, which is a nice option.
I made the lamp shades using flexible chopping mats and 4" embroidery hoops.
I experimented with a couple different options to finish the shades, wallpaper and mica flakes. For the mica flakes, I used Mod Podge to glue them onto the shade - very easy! Because of the narrow shade, I recommend only using LED light bulbs.
This is completely optional but I decided to incorporate a small shelf in my design to act as end tables in my living room. I made it the same way I made the lamp base with foam board, but using 1"x2" furring strip instead of square dowels. I covered one side with wood edging and for the top, I used mica flakes but this time putting on a thicker coat which I covered with a high gloss resin.
To connect the lamp base and the shelf together, I used 1/2" x 6" pine boards and molding.
I used a white semi-transparent stain on the wood and voila, these wall lamps/sconces are the perfect lighting solution for my tiny living room!
This was a really fun project and if you want to see in more detail how I made the lamps, there are videos and a detailed project guide with templates on my website http://www.engineeryourspace.com/how-to-make-wall-sconces-with-a-shelf/