Thursday, December 5, 2013

Wall Sconces on Old Shutter Doors

I love the synergy created when two pieces of rubbish come together to form something greater than each part could ever be on its own.  That is how I feel about these vintage, louvered closet doors and this pair of scrolling iron, wall sconces.

I really scored when I found this pair of wall sconces at the local Santa Cruz Flea Market.  I got both sconces for twenty dollars! When my upholsterer was picking up some of my other projects, she mentioned that she also did rewiring, so I had her take the wall sconces to rewire them.  She is a jack, or rather, jill-of-all-trades.

I salvaged the shutter doors from the Last Chance thrift shop at a local landfill. I got nine of them at only two dollars a piece.  They are really heavy  and solid, old closet doors. Perfect for this project!

I flipped them upside down, so the shutter portion of the door is now at the bottom and mounted the wall sconce to the flat panel at the top.

 It seems simple enough, especially when my brother happened to be in town.  He is really great at taking things apart and putting them back together again.  I remember his vast lego collection and his intricate lego designs. His skills came in handy for figuring out how to mount the sconces to the shutter doors.  He used a drill attachment that drills large holes to feed the, newly rewired, cords through to the back side.  Then, luckily, the wall sconces came with mounting brackets and all we needed to get was longer screws to attach the brackets to the doors and the sconces.


I left the original, weathered patina, that only time can create, on the wall sconces.  For the shutter doors, I painted one coat of Coco Chalk Paint® followed by a coat of Old White Chalk Paint® that I thinned with water.  I wiped the white back as it was drying, so the Coco showed through more in places.  Then, I sanded the whole door to make it look like a rough and weathered, old shutter.

I placed my new lighting fixtures on either side of  my french doors in my new apartment.

They look so lovely when they are lit and add a lot of old world charm to the room.

This simple and inexpensive project is one of my favorites of all time.


Unknown said...

love this, i have a door i've been wanting to do this to but havent found the right sconce, you got a great buy on yours it turned out gorgeous!

Brittany said...

such a cute idea! When my mom gets her new house we need you to decorate it :)

michele said...

genius times ten! love your eye and imagination!

stop by if you have a moment to see what i did to embellish the wall in my dressing room.


hello lovely

DD's Cottage said...

Hi Amanda,
Love the project. This Darrielle. I have also started a Blog and here is the site:

I always enjoy your posts!
I have accumulated a lots of little if you want to come do some piking in my workshop.

Dan said...


Anonymous said...

That's too bad. It would be nicer if there are fairly affordable houses and buyers too. I wanna buy a house. I love doing home improvements such as custom shutters installation. It would be great if I get to buy one of those houses before the prices rise up.

Dee said...

I love this look. I've been wanting to do this same thing, just haven't found the perfect sconces yet. You did a beautiful job & at the right price too! Dee from My Painted Stuff.

Unknown said...

What a fantastic idea! It looks fantastic. I been visiting your blog for about 6 months and each time I visit you have more great ideas! Keep up the creative brainstorming!

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Love this project! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays this week. Everyone will love it too!! New Follower!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful look! I have never seen that before and it is fabulous!

Gigi @ Old World Patina

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