today’s second diy project is from 2008 diy contest finalist kate dixon. kate created these fantastic framed sconces using inexpensive outdoor sconces from home depot. i love the endless chances for customization here- you could use decorative frames (or maybe even groupings of painted twigs and branches) and all sorts of wallpaper, gift wrap and fabric to complete the look. kate’s easy-to-follow instructions are after the just so click here for the full post, or just click “read more” below. [thanks, kate!]
KATE’S INDUSTRIAL FRAMED WALL SCONCE
(Bringing the Outside in)
What you’ll need:
-Two Pieces of mat board cut to the size of your frames
-Funky fabric (enough to cover the mat boards)
-Mod Podge (or any decoupage glue)
-Two wall mounting lights
-Picture Hanging hardware
What to Do:
1. I got two Open Back Frames from Hobby Lobby for $30 (they go on sale all the time) and brought them home and sprayed painted them high gloss white. (They were a rough beachwood so for me it took 4 cans of spraypaint, but if you got a pair of more finished frames you could just sand them down and it would
probably only take a few coats.)
2. Then I took a piece of mat board that I had cut to the size of the frame and applied a thin layer of Mod Podge over the whole thing. Then I took my fabric and stretched it over the piece of mat board, making sure it was nice and flat. Then I applied another layer of Mod Podge over that and let it dry.
3. Then I trimmed the edges of the fabric, and fit the finished mat board in the frame.
4. Repeat the steps above with the other frame.
5. Now all you have to do is hang the frames at whatever level you want with the necessary hardware. I just installed the lights in the middle of each, and voila, instant focal point for behind my couch!
I hope you enjoy!