So, I like the idea of having reading lamps, BUT I have a horrible habit of knocking them over. THAT, and I hate having to move them in order to clean. It’s just one more thing, I don’t like clutter. My solution…
Replacing lamps was enticing, especially when they are only about $9.00 a piece.
Here is what you will need:
Fir Stripping 1×3 (1) $ 1.50 each
Fir Stripping 1×2 (2) $ 1.00 each
Fir Stripping 1×4 (1) $ 3.00
Jelly Jar Light (2) $ 5.00 each
Extension Cord (2) $ 1.00 each
You will first need to decide how tall you want the lamp to be.
I cut my boards tall enough to be higher than my nightstands, I cut my boards at 2′. (They actually end behind the nightstands, not at the floor).
Cut List- ( This is to make TWO )
1×4 (2) @ 2′
1×4 (2) @ 4″
1×2 (4) @ 2′
1×3 (2) @ 5″
After cutting boards, sand and stain or paint.
Nail 1×2’s to the sides of the 1×4.
Nail the 1×3 to the top of the post.
The new light fixture should come with a mounting bracket that looks like the one pictured below. Simply screw bracket to the new post.
Drill a hole below the mounting bracket so that wires be fed can through it.
Use cheap extension cords, like these.
Cut off the ends of the cords, like this.
Then use a utility knife to split the ends.
Use wire strippers to strip the last 3/4 inch of the casing.
Feed wires through freshly drilled hole.
Here comes the fun part!
|You can get them at Home Depot|
Wire the light fixture to the extension cord. When wiring, the white cord will be connected to the “ribbed wire” and the black will the connect to the “smooth”. There is a little more detailed tutorial here.
Once wired, place the light fixture in place, then screw the caps on the bolts. The lamp is now finished!
Drill holes through the 1×4 block.
This block will be mounted directly to the wall. The newly made fixture will rest snuggly on the mounted block.
To secure in place secure with a screw through the top of fixture.
They are perfect! I love the way they turned out, they are unique, cheap, and out of the way!