First post with a little DIY wall lamp

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What I hope this space becomes is a place to share what is going on in my home (interior design, food, family) as well as some of the other interior design stuff I get so much inspiration from. So thank you for tuning in. I hope you like what you see and please feel free to reach out. There are so many talented people out there and I would love to connect with you and share ideas.

On to the good stuff! We recently updated the lights in our master bedroom. Unfortunately I do not have a before picture but the lamps we had on our side tables were square, black metal bases with cream shades. I plan on refinishing our side tables this summer and what I really wanted was wall lamps that don't take up any space on the table-top. I wanted something with clean lines and a little bit modern so this is what I came up with.

Pretty great huh?! And the best part is they were very cheap to make and we got the satisfaction of making them ourselves. First off, list of items you will need: (adjust quantities based on how many you need to make. We made 2.)

Tools needed:

  • Pipe cutter
  • Hand saw & miter box (a miter saw would be faster but is not essential)
  • Sandpaper
  • Screw driver
  • Hammer
Note: the cord sets have already been disassembled which is why there are so many pieces.

Note: the cord sets have already been disassembled which is why there are so many pieces.

This isn't a full out tutorial because I didn't take pictures along and the way and it is very easy to change your dimensions to fit the scale you are going for but these are the basic steps and dimensions we used.

For the poplar backer:

Cut 2 boards 12" long. Sand rough edges and stain them if you so wish. I left mine bare and I didn't even clear coat them but you could if you wanted to.

For the copper bracket:

Cut 4 lengths of copper pipe 10" long. Sand the edges if there are any really rough parts. Attached elbows to connect 2 pieces together to make the right angle. Add an elbow to the end of the bracket where the lampshade will hang. Cut a small piece of copper pipe to connect the elbow and the coupler. Use small amount of nylon plumbing tape to hold the pieces together if they do not fit snugly.

Tip: If your copper pipe has writing printed on it (usually the grade of copper), you can use nail polish remover to take it off. The ink on my pipe was red and with a little elbow grease it came right off and gave the copper a nice shine. Also if you want to preserve that shine, you will need to give your copper a clear coat of polyurethane as it will tarnish over time. I did not do this as I am curious to see what will happen and I don't think tarnishing will happen as quickly for in an interior installation.

For the wiring:

Obviously the trickiest part is getting the lamp cord through the piping. To do this, you will need to remove the lightbulb socket on the one end of the cord. For the Sekond cord from Ikea, this was not nearly as daunting as I thought it was going to be. Just pay attention to how you take it apart so you can put it back together again properly. I marked which holes the black and white wires came out of with a sharpie so it was easy to know which wire went where when it was time to put everything back together again.

Installation:

Screw the poplar boards to the wall where you would like the lights to hang. Use wall anchors if you don't have a stud. The pipe straps I bought came with nails that were much longer than my board was thick so after the board was secured to the wall, I held the pipe up against the board while my husband nailed the straps into the board (and wall) securing the pipe to the board. We centered the pipe on the board and just eye-balled the spacing of the pipe straps. Attach your shade as per the instructions and screw in your lightbulb! Depending on the location of your electrical socket, you may not be able to reach it to plug it in and unplug it (our plugs are located behind our night stands). If that is the case, use the cord dimmer switch which allows you to plug in the light cord to the dimmer switch and then keep the dimmer switch on the table top where you can reach it. Added benefit is now you have a dimmable light!

And that's it! Once you have all your materials, assembly really doesn't take that long and the best part is you can customize this in so many ways! I love how these lights look in our bedroom and I love that they are up off the table top and best of all dimmable!

One last shot to see both lights on either side of our bed.

One last shot to see both lights on either side of our bed.