Monday, July 15, 2013

DIY Filament Bulb Sconce

Build: diy exposed filament bulb sconce

Filament bulbs are everywhere and having just moved into a truly vintage home they make the perfect addition.

However, when you need to replace nearly every interior light fixture the costs can add up.
Get a similar look for less:

RIGHT: $33 diy filament bulb sconce

This is the kids play space and below is the MLS listing picture as we saw the house before buying it.
We call it the pool room because it had a pool table and that door in the corner leads out to the pool.

There were 3 sconces to be replaced:

 And after moving day I knew immediately all that red paneling needed to be painted white and the new sconces installed:

The wall color is Benjamin Moore grey owl.

How to build an exposed filament sconce:


- oil rubbed bronze wall sconce
- 3 - 1 1/4" conduit locknuts (found in electrical)
- 1 1/2" copper coupling (found in plumbing)
- edison bulb

** If anyone can find a brass coupling to fit I would love your source, the copper is a bit shiny and orange.  I might paint it to dull it down. **

1. Remove the sconce housing from the package and unscrew the glass shade nut.

2. Drop the conduit locknut down into the housing around the ceramic bulb holder, you may need 2 or 3 locknuts to depending on the length of your copper coupling in order to get enough heigh to cover the ceramic holder:

3. Install the bracket onto the mounting box:

4. Connect the grounds, white neutral and hot black wires:

Place housing on screws and secure with nuts, add bulb:


  1. What a transformation! It looks great Jaime.

  2. Love the new sconces! The new paint is SO much better too!

  3. Great it Great idea...would love it if you came by One More Time Events and shared ...Tammy

  4. Great idea! The new sconces look wonderful, and I love the new paint color- it really brightens up the room.

  5. Wanted to let you know this project was highlighted on the at play blog today!