29 Oct 2013

DIY: Cage Light Sconces

Hey everyone!  We finally had our fox party and I'm still cleaning up party decorations and gift wrap.  I'm going to do a final party post soon, but for now I am really excited to share with you one of my latest DIYs. It's a pair of cage light pendants for our bedroom.  I love the modern, yet rustic and industrial feel that they have.  They were super easy to make and cost a little over $20.00 each.  Not too bad  for a sconce that looks this nice, no?  I'm also excited to be actually doing something in our bedroom again.

Here is one of them on my side of the bed.  Our room is super small and we have a king bed.  That little stool is about as much as I can fit there for a side table.  Now that I finally have some nice new lights, I think I need a little art to go on that wall too.

Okay, so I bet your dying to find out the details on the parts and how we made these. ;)  I actually purchased the cage lights first when they were on sale at Target not really sure where I was going to use them.  They are the Threshold Industrial Pendant.  The bracket is the Ekby Valter from Ikea.  The other hardware you'll need are some screws and a plug.

Before I get into the details, I want to state two safety items: 
1) this project requires some wiring work at the plug end of your light fixture.  It is best to have a certified electrician inspect your work and/or complete the wiring portion for you.
2)  This is pretty common sense, but if you are going to be working on the light fixture make sure it is unplugged.  I really don't want anyone to get electrocuted!

Okay, so here goes...

1) The first thing you will want to do is drill three holes in your bracket.  There are two pre-drilled holes at the top of the bracket which we just widened and the third hole was drilled into the bottom portion of the support/angled piece of the bracket in line with the predrilled hole at the top of the bracket.  In the photo above you can see where the three holes are.

2) Next you will need to cut off the plug end and the switch portion of the pendant light with wire snips so that you can thread the cord through the bracket starting at the outermost hole and going up over the top of the bracket and down through the bottom hole.

3)  Have an electrician install a new plug on the end of your light fixture.  Tech Guy has experience with electrical work and works with electricians and therefore was able to do this himself, but I can't give you a tutorial on this since we are not licensed electricians.  Once the light is wired, you're ready to plug your light in and enjoy your new sconce!

One of our outlets is operated by the light switch in our room so it it easy to turn on and off, but the other one is not.  For this outlet we have a lamp dimmer that we plugged the sconce into and it allows us to be able to switch the sconce on and off easily.

So here's a peek at my bedroom as it is right now, wrinkly, mismatched linens and all.  I think the Ikea pendant is on it's way out.  It's fighting a little with the new sconces.  We still need some nightstands and art of course!  I'm on the hunt for all of those now!  We'll see how long it takes me to find them. :)

Happy Tuesday and go make some sconces!

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47 comments:

  1. how awesome are these and how awesome are you for making them? for real!

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    1. Thanks Cassie! I am so happy with how they turned out.

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  2. I LOVE these....I've actually had a project like this in the back of my head for some time...and already have some of the supplies ready to go - now i just need to find time to do it! They look great one either side of your bed

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    1. It was a really easy and quick project. Can't wait to see yours when they're done. :)

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  3. Was talking about this new lighting fad just a couple of days ago and Bingo! you post about it. Thanks for sharing the project.....

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    1. You're welcome! :) Cage lights are definitely very popular right now and I really like how they give an industrial vibe to any space.

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  4. Those are fun!!! Love the cage lighting :) xo Kristin

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  5. woooooow! Turned out so well! I love the bracket. It really adds something to it. You did great!

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    1. That bracket is such a steal and I love how it looks with the black light.

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  6. They look fabulous and so trendy. Love juxtaposition of the intricate cage lights in black with the blond wood. Love that it is a DIY It looks so pretty

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    1. Thanks Katja. :) I have been loving all the cage lights out there these days. These ones were so affordable that I had to DIY them somehow. :)

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  7. i remember seeing this idea over a year ago on ikea hacker... http://www.ikeahackers.net/2012/03/ekby-valter-lamp.html
    but i love that your version has the dimmers!! and i'm so going to copy that!... in fact, i wish i had known about these dimmer attachments back when lucy was a little baby and we had our night feeds... ;)

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  8. I really want those lights for Caleb's room! They seem like they'd be able to handle a stray ball once in awhile. Too bad there's no Target by us. :(

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    1. They would be perfect for a little boy's room! I think they have some kind of cage light at Home Depot as well: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Decorators-Collection-1-Light-Aged-Bronze-Cage-Pendant-Light-25415-105/202786147#.UnHVbqU1HwI. It's a little more expensive though.

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  9. OMG. Thanks so much for sharing this and I am SO excited to have found you! So fun! Following along...officially! Stop by my place and say hello! Happy Wedesday! Best, Kennesha, Restoration House Interiors

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    1. Thanks so much Kennesha! I am so happy that you decided to follow along. :)

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  10. Love the look of these caged lights! I actually purchased a similar one on clearance on Target a while back and wasn't sure quite how to hang it. Thanks for this idea of using the bracket. Have a great day, Courtney

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    1. Thanks Courtney and you're welcome! :)

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  11. LOVE those! Great job.....they look amazing and wall lights is a great space saver for a small bedroom, too :)

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  12. These are TOO COOL. I would have never thought of using the bracket for this, but it's perfect.

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  13. Very Cool! I'm going to add this to a home diy round up for my blog! xo (and I'm going to try and make something like this too! Thanks for the inspiration!)

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    1. Thanks so much! Would love to have the link to your post!

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  14. These are amazing! Definitely adding these to my "to make" list :)

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  15. looking good! I was just saying yesterday how the Threshold collection has really been stepping up its game lately... so many good finds!

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    1. They really do have some great products and I was really impressed with the quality of these lights for the price.

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  16. Ooooo, I love these so much. I would have never guessed they were a DIY!!!

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  17. These are fantastic! Visiting from Tatertots and Jello - love these! Pinning! :) Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by today and for the pin! Have a great weekend too. :)

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  18. Love the industrial look they bring to the space! Great DIY!

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  19. These. are. awesome. Seriously! I am pinning, and love the look rustic and industrial together!! Please if you have a second come and link to my wowza weekend link party, this is too good not to share! http://mylove2create.blogspot.com/2013/11/wowza-weekend-link-party.html

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    1. Thanks so much for the pin and the invite!

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  20. How fun and creative is this. I love the idea and they look amazing. I would love to have you link up to my Inspire Me party that goes live on Monday at 2:30 PT. www.astrollthrulife.net Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

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  21. These look amazing Anu! I love how industrial chic yet with a vintage rustic feel they are. Great idea!

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  22. I stopped over from the Monday Funday Link Party. I have Pinned this so I can look at it again, thank you so much for sharing. Simply yet very lovely. I really like these, going to make my husband make these for me :)

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    1. Thanks so much Silkki. I really appreciate your comment and the pin!

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  23. Super cute! thanks for sharing http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com

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  24. Love the industrial look! I made some similar lights PB knock off lights a couple of years ago and I still love them. Love the "cage" look, I think I am stealing your idea! First I have to find a good place for them. Thanks for sharing, visiting from BNOP.

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    1. Thanks Shanee. I'd love to see your lights if you end up making them. :)

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  25. Awesome! Thanks for sharing this DIY! I've wanted to create something similar with a Nelson cigar lamp feel, but couldn't put it together in my mind until now. I'm thrilled that you shared these resources and instructions!

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    1. Oh, send pictures of your DIY. I'd love to see it! :)

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  26. Love your lights! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday... i just featured it on my Sulia page/ fb/ and twitter :)

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    1. Thanks so much for the social media love!

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