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DIY Wooden Wall Sconce

If you are interested in making your own DIY wooden wall sconce like the one below, we would love for you to enroll in our Bob Vila Academy course.We appreciate your support!

DIY Wooden Wall Sconce

We have a cat. A cat that likes to knock over every last thing on my nightstand to try and wake me up when he is hungry at 5:00 in the morning. He knows no boundaries. Recently, he knocked my lamp off and then proceeded to fall off the nightstand with the lamp and land in the lamp shade. This resulted in a Jake’s paw sized hole in my lamp shade. He has no grace or balance either. I proceeded to scold him in my half asleep state, “This is why we can’t have nice things!” He meowed and walked away. He apologizes to no one.

The lamp and lamp shade were from my college days and while I hate to see anything get ruined, they were old and it was at least an excuse to finally begin a lighting project we have been wanting to work on in our master bedroom for awhile now, a DIY wooden wall sconce for each side of the bed.

I was really excited about this project, one because the DIY wooden wall sconce we were going to build for each side would look much nicer than the mismatched lamps and lamp shades we currently had and unless Jake possesses some cat hulk strength I don’t know about and could rip them from the wall, they were safe from being knocked over.

Building our DIY Wooden Wall Sconce

DIY Wooden Wall Sconce

We made the modern accordion DIY wooden wall sconce base for each side of the bed out of oak. We were not sure what we were going to do for the lamp shade but then while browsing around IKEA for a cloth light cord set we stumbled upon these ceramic white plant pots and it was as if a lightbulb went off in my head (I am not sure if I intended that to be a pun or not) and it turned out to be the perfect choice. I love repurposing items for other uses. It is a fun challenge that Brent and I like to tackle together.

DIY Wooden Wall Sconce

Brent worked really hard planning and drawing out the wood wall sconce base so that we knew the exact measurements we needed to cut so it would come together perfectly. He rocked it, I am so impressed. I love the added touch of painting the head of the carriage bolts white to match the lamp shade.

DIY Wooden Wall Sconce

Having a DIY wooden wall sconce on each side of our bed makes our bedroom already feel more grown-up and less college mismatch. We are one step closer to our overall design goal for our master bedroom. I am also happy to say they are completely hungry cat resistant.

Project Featured in Bob Villa Academy

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Brent and I are 90’s kids. And what was one of the staple family television shows for 90’s kids? Home Improvement. Brent aspired to be the host of his own tool show like Tim “The Toolman” Taylor and I, well, I dreamed of dating Randy Taylor (Jonathan Taylor Thomas). And didn’t we all wish we could just walk into our backyard and our neighbor would peek over and give us all the answers to life? That was the dream.

One of our favorite reoccurring story lines was Tim’s rivalry with Bob Vila. That hot rod race between the two is a classic. We are feeling all nostalgic just thinking about it.

Growing up Bob Vila was the real life go to guy for us when it came to home improvement. I think DIY home renovation was Brent and I’s destiny because we both grew up watching Bob Vila and helping our dads with home improvement projects, you know, typical kid stuff. So you can imagine our excitement when we got an email asking if we would be interested in being professors in the Bob Vila Academy. It is cool to see that the Bob Vila brand continues to grow and morph with the ways we approach DIY projects these days offering in-depth video e-courses to get hands-on experience.

Which brings us back to our DIY wooden wall sconce. The e-course we are teaching in the Bob Vila Academy is how to make a modern wooden wall sconce, just like ours. We will show you what tools and materials you need as well as break down all the steps and demonstrate how to make this affordable lighting solution.

The benefit of this e-course is instead of just one video, we break up the project into a series of videos so we can cover each and every step in great detail allowing you to follow along and build your very own wall sconce with us as we make it.

If you are interested in making your own DIY wooden wall sconce, we would love for you to enroll in our Bob Vila Academy course. As always, we appreciate your support!

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DIY Wooden Wall Sconce

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