Trash to Treasure: Sconce to D-I-Y Night Tables in 20 Minutes for less $20!
From time to time, I will see something; something I think is great, but I have no idea how or when I will use it. Still, I’ll pick it up anyway. It doesn’t happen very often but when it does, the only “rule” I have is it must be free. I don’t wanna pay unless I have a plan. I collect my free ‘somethings’ not based on my plan but on their potential. So a few months ago, I saw these sconces (there were 2) in the trash. I knew they didn’t look like much, but I knew they had potential. So…they got invited to the party.
Little brown sconces….one man’s trash…
They sat around for months before I knew what I would do with them, and I thought about throwing them back out but I didn’t. They came in handy when we used them for a photo shoot in one of our recent projects, and they fit in perfectly with the high end furnishings and decor (which always makes me smile). See them on the hearth to the right of the fireplace?
Still love the understated elegance of this project we complete this summer.
At any rate, I thought my little guys served their purpose and that would be the end. However, fast forward a few months and we end up doing a small guest space on a small budget. When I saw the small space I knew the sconces would somehow be up-cycled and incorporated, but I wasn’t exactly sure how…yet. The guest room was quite small and there was an angled wall with a door to the sump pump and electrical panel which made furniture placement tricky, especially since our goal was to use a queen sized bed in the space. You can see the angled wall and prep work we did in the pic. Wendy, my partner in crime, did a ton of spackling and sanding to ensure a smooth finish on the wall. This is what it means to “prep the wall” when painting.
Small space, in a basement, with a drop ceiling…some might say we had a few obstacles to overcome.
So often, when it comes to small spaces, people use furniture that ends up being way too big (Tip: That’s why measuring is so critical, because the warehouse feel of most furniture stores, makes pieces feel much smaller than they actually are). For this small room we knew the bed was going to feel large in the space so we minimized the rest of the furnishings in the room and made sure they were small in scale. Since this was a guest room, we took advantage of not really needing a dresser. The room also had a good sized walk-in closet for storage.
Once we selected the wall for the bed, I knew we needed to frame it with nightstands, but this was challenge for 2 reasons; space and money. The space from the edge of the bed to the angled wall wasn’t large enough to accommodate a typical nightstand without making it feel cramped and the money it would’ve cost was more than we had to spend.
Enter my little sconce friends. As soon as I saw them, I thought, problem solved! Instead of nightstands we could have night tables and the sconces would serve as the base! Bam! Now enter Wendy…again! Although I design the vast majority of our projects, I can usually talk (aka finagle) Wendy into the completing the work (gotta give credit where credit is due). So “we” ,as in Wendy 🙂 , executed the work.
First, she took the sconces and gave them a coat of black paint in a matte finish (Tip: matte/flat paint hides scratches and blemishes much more than higher gloss finishes). Once our sconce-bases were painted, we spent $7.00 on a wood round from Home Depot, cut it in half, gave it a light sanding, and then painted it black. One round would make both of our night table tops. Using half a side for each top gave us a Demilune look and added more visual interest to our tight little room.
Additional shot of the sconce.
Wood round cut and painted
Once the pieces were sanded and painted, Wendy attached the sconces to the wood round with screws, put on 2 more coats of black, and they were done! The new tiny night tables stood flush with the wall and we attached them with a small L bracket and voila! Two brand new night tables for under $20!
Don’t they look like they were meant to be? 🙂
Total cost for this project was under $20.
Sconces– trash picked for free and we already had the screws, sandpaper, & paint brushes
Wood Round– cost about $7 with tax from Home Depot
Glidden Flat Black Paint– cost about $9 with tax for 1 quart from Home Depot
Actual work time was about 20 minutes or less, longest part of the project was paint drying time between coats.
Functional, affordable beauty can’t be beat! This is one of my favorite little projects to date. Let us know what you think? Have you or would you complete a project like this in your home? Comments and questions welcome!
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