Industrial Wall Sconce from Salvaged Objects


We had gathered a few things and thought it would be fun to try to make a retro vintage industrial adjustable salvaged upcycled (not gonna say “steampunk”) wall sconce.

What we started with:

  • insulated ceramic electrical pulley thingy (REStore, $4)
  • old industrial safety glass light + screw-on aluminum cover (REStore, $10)
  • upper wooden part of an old stand/podium (Goodwill, $1)
  • old cement fishing net weight from Wisconsin (Mother-in-Law, free)
  • braided cloth-covered electrical wire (Sundial Wire, $1.45/foot)
  • “vintage” light bulb (Lowe’s, $9)
  • new socket, in-line switch and plug (hardware store, $7-ish)

What we ended with:

Question for you:

We talked previously about opening a little Etsy shop and selling some of the things that we make (it could be that some members of our families are getting sick of weird light fixtures in their house). We were considering selling (at least attempting to sell) some of these light fixtures there, but started worrying about the liability. Have any of you out there had any experience with that sort of thing? Or have any advice for us? We use all UL approved parts, yet we’re worried – we aren’t licensed electricians.

See more of Heidi’s artwork at Old Stuff. New Stories.

If you like this post, you may also like:

Salvaged Metal Cupboard

When I brought this old metal cupboard home from RE-Store, this is the reaction I got from my friends and family:

13 year old daughter: “You paid money for that?”

Monica: “I’m not seeing it.”

Husband: “Where are you going to put that?”

A little offended and put-out, I went to work cleaning it up. (After first letting it sit in the garage for about 3 months.) The steps: Continue reading

Funky Fix for Salvaged Bookcase

We got an old salvaged bookshelf from ReStore a couple years ago. It was missing (or never had) a finished end panel. Thinking that it would either a.) be a really long time before we would make a nice paneled trim piece for it, or b.) it didn’t deserve a nice paneled trim piece, I decided to clad it in an old sign (picked up for $1 at ReStore).

What we did:

I wanted to mock up the design so we measured the panel and made a cropping template with paper. Positioned the paper template on top of the sign to get an idea of best cropping.

Marked and cut the sign with a circular saw, with straight edge, clamped to a table. I don’t have a picture of this, but it is the same idea as what we did in a previous project.

Sanded the edges with fine sandpaper to finish off the edges.

Pre-drilled the nail holes in the plywood sign, because it was thin and we were nailing so close to the edge. Nailed it into place. Could have used screws, but liked the look of the nails better.

All done, good enough for now – maybe someday I’ll get around to putting something more refined on there, but then again, probably not!

See more of Heidi’s artwork at Old Stuff. New Stories.