As I've been working on my hallway refresh, I've been getting lot's of inspiration from pre-war NYC apartments and Parisian pads. I don't really know what the style of the space is, I feel like spaces evolve organically, but after adding molding it seemed to be traditional with modern touches.
I knew I wanted to hang some sconces, but couldn't find the right ones. I really wanted vintage sconces but finding enough (I needed 3-6) and not spending a fortune were proving to be difficult. Seriously, have you looked at sconces? They are super expensive and most require hardwiring. Rather than rush and buy something I wasn't sure I loved I decided to see if I could MacGyver something together for the time being.
This is the happy accident that I came up with. They involve two pieces, one from Lowe's and one from the Dollar Tree. They take less than 10 minutes to put together and cost approximately $8. So here you go, the easiest and quickest DIY Sconces you can make!
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I say this is a happy accident because I really wanted taper candle sconces I looked everywhere and just couldn't find the right ones. I tried dismantling the candle holders that I had and gluing them back together, but nothing looked right. I started to get the idea to create some DIY Sconces- but how?
While I was at Lowe's picking up more molding, I wandered over to the next aisle where they keep the banisters and railing pieces. I was actually looking to see if they had some kind of base that I could use in a different project and I looked down and saw boxes of this hardware (which I now know are called handrail brackets).
I had no idea what it was supposed to be used for, but it was the perfect size for a DIY sconce that wouldn't stick out too far from the wall. If you don't have a Lowes near you, Amazon has similar hardware here. I got the idea to attach a taper holder to it and spray paint the whole thing gold.
I went to the Dollar Store only to find them out of the taper holders, but they did have a vareity of short glass vases. The other vases were all straight cylinders, I liked that this had some flare even if it was a bit shorter than what I was picturing. I purchased a few and decided to experiment.
I used the magical combination of hot glue and E6000 to secure the hardware to the bottom of the vase. After letting it dry I tested it out and- I loved it!
It's simple, elegant, but has a little curve to it that I think marries traditional and modern quite well. The best part? It only cost $8.
I purchased flickering faux candles from Target for the insides and the result is a pretty and cozy glow at night. Here are some similar candles from Amazon (and they have a remote so I plan on ordering them).
You could do this with different style vases to suit your needs, someday I may change them up to accommodate a larger taper, but for now this is the perfect "extra" in my hallway.
What's the best happy accident in decor that you've had?