Wall sconces converted from hard wire to plug in:
Please note I am not an electrician by any means but I do love these sconces.
Only problem is they come hard wired, our wall is not hard wired for sconces and I wasn't willing to go through that process.
Therefore I converted the hard wire into a plug in with flip switch operation.
If you're curious about how I made the shutter headboard click here.
Here's how I converted the sconces:
1. Find sconces you love:
And a 6 foot lamp cord set with switch (from Home Depot here):
And you need wire strippers:
2. Drill hole through mounting plate at bottom, wide enough for cord to slide through but still be slightly snug:
Also clip off socket from lamp cord set:
3. Thread end of lamp cord up into base of mounting plate:
4. Slide a nut onto lamp cord flush to mounting plate on inside to prevent wire from pulling through.
5. Now pull lamp cord wires apart about 3" and strip back each side about 1" to expose copper wires.
6. Twist white wire with copper wire from rigid side of lamp cord and black wire with smooth side of lamp cord.
I taped up the ground wire with electrical tape as it isn't needed for a plug in item.
(In this picture below you can see the nut I slipped on to prevent the wire from pulling through.)
7. Screw in a lightbulb and see if it works. Magic!!
8. Secure mounting hardware to wall:
9. Place mounting plate over screws and secure with nuts:
10. Add glass and wire cage, plug in and enjoy.
The cord hanging down isn't perfect but it's the best solution short of hiring an electrician to hard wire the walls.
An affordable solution that frees up space on the nightstand and provides a sleeker, more efficient look for the tight space.
Now on to something for above the headboard.