Monday, August 24, 2015

DIY Brass Sconce | Tutorial


Thanks for your response over our new DIY sconces last week! Today, I'm so happy to share a brief tutorial. It was super easy (if you've wired a light before) - no modifying, just parts straight from the store.

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When you're building a light you want to make sure that it is wired correctly and all the safety precautions have been made - so if you are unsure, be sure to contact an electrician. First and foremost, always make sure the power is off by flipping the breaker on the main electrical box - double check!

Here's the part list:


All parts purchased from Grand Brass. 

1. 6" DIAMETER CLEAR BALL WITH 3-1/4" FITTER (GLGB06CL)

2. 1/8F X 1/8F ips. CAST KEY SWIVEL BRASS WITH TEETH (SV100) (you will need 2 per light)

3. 1/8-27 IPS FEMALE HEX HEAD NUT WHITE ZINC PLATED **HEAVY DUTY**  (NU234WZ)

4. 1/2in. X 1/8 IPS NIPPLE STEEL (NI0-1/2X1/8)

5. 1in. X 1/8 IPS HOLLOW BRASS PIPE STEM (PIBR01-0X8)

6. BRASS POLISHED UNO THREADED SINGLE TURN MEDIUM BASE CAST BRASS SOCKET W/ PADDLE TURN KNOB. CAP IS 1/8IPS W/ SET

SCREW. SOCKET IS RATED 250W 250V. (SOGB9PL)

7.  1/4 IPS X 14G CROSSBAR STEEL WITH 8/32 TAPPED GROUND HOLE

8. 3-1/4in. HOLDER THREADED FOR UNO SOCKET BRASS HO3-1/4UNO
9. 4in. X 1/8 IPS HOLLOW BRASS PIPE STEM (PIBR04-0X8)

Not Pictured:

(Plate against wall) 5" FLAT BRASS CANOPY WITH 2-3/4 BARHOLES (CAS05)

40 Watt - 120V T14 TUBULAR spiral filament edision (E26 BASE) style bulb. ANTIQUE FINISH. (134014) (BUEFT1440) (Bright, should be used with a dimmer or lower wattage) 

Wire - we used 18 gauge 

Brass screws (8/32 thread 1 1/2" long) (2 per sconce) 

(Including shipping, they were around $70 each) 


To build the light. 

1. Disassemble the socket and attach the wires (we used 18 gauge) If you're not sure how to do this, contact an electrician.

2. Reassemble the socket with the wires feeding out the end.

3. Slide the 1" brass rod over the wire and thread into the socket.

4. Disassemble the 1st brass swivel. There are two halves, slide one half over the wire and thread onto the 1" brass rod.

5. Feed the other half of the swivel through the wire. Set the desired angle of the swivel (you can always adjust it later) and reinstall the nut on the swivel and tighten.

6. Thread the 5" brass threaded rod through the wire and screw into the swivel.

7. Repeat 4 and 5 to install the 2nd swivel

8. Thread the 1/2" nipple into the swivel.

9. Install the 5" brass wall plate onto the nipple and tighten with the hex nut.

10. Install the crossbar on the electrical wall box.

11. Connect the wires from the sconce to the wires in the wall box. Again, if you're not sure how to do this, contact an electrician.

12. Through the plate, install the 1 1/2" brass screws and attach the sconce to the crossbar.

13. Screw the threaded holder onto the UNO socket.

14. Install the bulb and glass globe.


Each light took us about 30 minutes to make - I love the fact that no modification or painting was involved! The brass back plate did have a discoloration - so we sanded with a fine synthetic sanding pad (made for metal) wiped clean and then sealed all of the brass with a clear paste wax - we SC Johnson Paste Wax from Home Depot.

I hope this helps! We didn't take step by step photos mainly because we have lots of projects going on at once and we don't have a designated project space set up. We assembled on our kitchen peninsula (which is currently covered in tools!) It really was just a matter of using the right parts and screwing it together - though if you've never wired a light before, get professional help (maybe bribe a neighbor with cookies!) to make sure it is done correctly.

This isn't a sponsored post, but I've been very happy with our orders from Grand Brass - everything is packaged so well (important for materials that can break or scratch) and it ships super fast. We plan to make a HUGE light (or two) for our main room so stay tuned!

For about $70 each, we have our own wall sconces!! LOVE them! :)

Have a great week friends! :) 

Monday, August 17, 2015

House Update | Painted Trim, Electrical, DIY Sconces

Hi! Just wanted to share a quick update of our house progress this weekend! I'm trying to share real time progress - so hopefully that's ok instead of full room reveals :)


David's parents helped us Saturday, so that was a big help! We worked on painting trim .. taping up the windows and prepping took forever - so having help was so so nice!


We also worked on the electrical this weekend. David's dad has worked in the electrical field for around 40 years - so he helps often with our house. They worked on updating boxes (both safety and aesthetic issues), figuring out the crazy switching in our house, and swapping our almond outlets for white outlets.

The other night, on a whim, we decided to order parts to make our own sconces (from Grand Brass - I'll share a parts list later). Yesterday, David wired them and installed them. They were very simple to make - I love how they turned out!!


Our dining room came with three electrical outlets - about 6' off of the ground (see photo below). We think they originally had sconces there and replaced with outlets (with a decorative plate over to hide it) at some point (though I don't know why you'd ever need outlets up there ..)  I photoshopped them out for these Christmas photos .. I was SO glad to get rid of that eye sore!


That's it for today :) Hopefully these small updates are ok! While we work on the floors and painting - it takes forever (at least it has for us!) So while I don't have a big reveal, I want to keep you updated! Once we get the floors and walls done we'll start having bigger, prettier reveals.

I hope you have a great week!!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday Five | 08.14.15


Happy Friday! :) I hope you had a great week! 


Honey & Fitz shares her go to vintage rug sources! 

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honey & fitz

Looking for alternatives to frames to hang on the wall? Try House of Jade Interior's suggestions! 

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house of jade interiors 

Upgrade those ugly cords with yarn - stop by The Little Green Notebook for all the details! 

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the little green notebook

Hi Sugarplum shares her kitchen reveal! Love the bold tile and runner!!

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hi sugarplum

How cute is the desk chair from PB Teen! This could be great in an adult space too!! 

Have a great weekend friends! 

We'll be sanding more floors! Wish us luck :) :) 

Monday, August 10, 2015

House Update | Floor Sanding

Just wanted to pop in quickly to give you a house reno update! Last weekend we started sanding the floors. We rented a floor sander from Home Depot and got started on the smallest area of the house - the loft.


(Delta air filtration purchased on CL for our wood shop worked well to help clean the air!)

Overall, our floors look pretty decent, but there are several areas damaged by sun and water damage, so refinishing was a good option.


Around the beams, we used a multi tool and the mouse sander attachment - it worked SO well for the tight corners.


The sander worked well, but since our floors aren't perfectly level (we thought they were pretty good) it didn't get every crevice, so we had to go back and sand with the hand held random orbit sander - so that wasn't ideal, and definitely won't be a desirable option for the entire house.


We rented a drum sander for the deck and were concerned about it cutting the floors too deep, but I think we're going to give it a try next weekend with a higher grit sand paper (to reduce the chances of damaging the floors).


To reduce dust, we connected our shop vac to the sander - as you can imagine, with the sander, dust collector and shop vac, it was loud! The puppies were safe and sound at David's parent's house.

I didn't get a photo of the floors after they were sanded, but you can see the color difference in most of the photos. We plan on keeping it light and natural - sealing with clear.

Stay tuned for more house updates soon!

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