If you’ve seen my house tour over at Apartment Therapy, then you know that I rent, and I hate the light fixtures in my apartment. Since I dig an easy DIY, I decided to brainstorm/create some slipcovers for my fugly bedroom wall sconces. Here’s how I did it:
This photo doesn’t adequately capture the truly dingy, bruised-pink hue of the metal. (If it were an Urban Decay makeup color, it’d be called ‘Anus’). There are 3 sconces in my bedroom, and perhaps the manufacturer was going for copper..?…but it’s… pink. (Seriously, WHY.)
I decided to create a more contemporary, organic shade for all three by building an easy slipcover. I used:
- 1 bamboo table runner (got mine at Cost Plus World Market, but I’m not sure if they still carry this style)
- 1, 10″ wooden embroidery hoop from the craft store.
- 3 large paper clips
- A marker, a craft blade and hot glue.
1. I measured the depth of the existing sconce shade, and used that to measure/cut the hoop to the correct dimensions and width. **Note: to cut the hoop, I just scored it with the craft blade and snapped it - no need to bust out your hand saw.
2. I did a dry fit by wrapping the runner over the new, half moon shaped hoop piece, then cut the runner down to the right length.
3. I measured/marked a plum line on the back of the runner piece so I’d be sure to glue the hoop on in a straight line.
4. I opened the paper clips up a bit so they’d act like hooks/slip easily over the lip of the current sconce shades. I glued the first one onto that line and then glued the hoop piece on top of that.
Here’s how the back side looks:
**Safety Note: I use cold/CFL bulbs, but if you want to be completely fire safe, line the back of the runner with fire safe vellum before you start glueing.
Here’s the final look:
Clean, contemporary and easy to remove whenever I move. If you haven’t seen them in action over at Apartment Therapy, what are you waiting for?!