Hi friends! This morning I’m going to talk about a super popular project I shared over on my Instagram stories- how to have sconces without power or plugs.
Let’s back up, when I put up the sconces in my kitchen, I wasn’t sure what to do with the cords (they were such an eyesight!). I got a TON of recommendations to check out “The Magic Light Trick” from Nesting with Grace.
Essentially, she suggests to buy a sconce that is designed to be hard wired into the wall on a light box. But what if you don’t have a light box where you want the sconce and you don’t want to pay an electrician to put one there? Well, you mount the sconce where you want and then you put battery powered puck lights inside of the sconce!
For the kitchen, I ended up putting up cord covers and plugging in the sconces. We use the lights every day at each meal because our kitchen is so dark. Having bright light and not having to change batteries on a puck light was the best solution there.
I plan on building in banquet seating. Eventually pillows will cover the rest of the cords.
don’s room sconces
When I was designing Don’s room, I thought two sconces would be super cute over his bed. And that this would be the perfect spot! If you’re considering doing this, here’s the criteria I used and suggest-
- the light isn’t needed for everyday essential function (we read in the other corner)
- light is nice for ambiance
- sconces will add to the design and beauty of the room
I love how sweet this little corner is with the bed! As a disclaimer, his bed is always pushed against wall wall and we have a rail we put on the bed so he can’t roll out. 😉
Later, I also hung a felt pennant over the art. I like the vintage and playful nod it gives the space! To finish everything off, the black sconces seemed perfect! Sometimes a hint of black in a room feels special and like a punctuation mark. Plus these sconces are super affordable ($45 for a set)!
To hang the sconces, we tucked the wires into the back of the fixture (in case we ever want to actually hard wire them in). Next, we just used the screws provided and hung the sconces where we wanted. Easy peasy!
how to put the puck lights in
First off, these are the puck lights I bought and love! The bigger kit comes with a remote which is REALLY nice to have! But how to you attach the puck lights? For me, this was the tricky part. At first I tried using the included sticky pad that comes with the puck lights. Well, those fell right out. If you read “The Magic Light Trick” from Nesting with Grace, she suggests wiring them. I put my own twist on it, so here are my instructions.
I found that using wire to attach the back plate of the puck light to the inside of the sconce was the best way. Before you hang the sconce, add wire to the circle around where the light bulb would go.
My light has a ring that screws on to hold the shade on. I put the wire on first and then screwed the ring back on (making the wire attach firmly)! Not all sconces have the ring, but if yours do, this worked really well for me to firmly secure the wire.
Next, I used the rest of the wire to attach the puck light back plate on. There are two holes that work perfectly for this!
To finish up, just attach the front of the puck light. When you need to change the batteries, you just need to un-screw the top off and you can easily change them!
cute and affordable sconce round up
Now, if you’re wanting to try hanging a sconce in a fun area that you never thought was possible (!!!), I share my favorite sconces. These are on-trend and affordable. Which one would work for your house?
1. white goose neck / 2. black and brass sconces (set of 2)—- what I used / 3. brass bendable sconces (set of 2) / 4. brass and black globe / 5. double light wall light / 6. blue industrial sconce / 7. cylinder glass light / 8. retro black wall sconce / 9. brushed brass wall fixture with fabric shade
Now if you’ve ever wanted a sconce, you can do it!!! This is such a fun trick and solves so many problems! Would you try it?
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