How to make a wall lamp with a shelf

Decor, DIY, Lighting, Living Room

I have a very small living room which means I don’t have any room for end tables, so no room for table lamps and no room for floor lamps. So to add more lighting, I came up with this design for wall sconces that incorporate a shelf that can double as small end tables. I made them using standard materials from the hardware store and only a few hand tools like a drill and a hand saw.

Interested in making your own version of these wall sconces? I got most of the materials for this project at the hardware store and craft stores and here are links to the products I got online:

2″ iron-on wood edging

Light kit

Mica flakes

Pour-on high gloss finish

Join the Join the Insider Studio to get access to the detailed Project Guide, and additional videos that have extra tips and tricks that I learned from making these lamps that will help you when you make yours.

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  1. Kerri Grandmaison

    You really know how to keep it simple. From watching you, I think I can do some of these. Needless to say I will be asking for tools from Santa this year. Thank you for sharing and empowering us. Hope you do more

    • Isabelle LaRue

      You’re welcome Kerri and I’m so happy to hear you’re inspired to get some tools and build some projects! If you’re looking for some ideas on what tools to get, here’s a list of my favorite tools that I use all the time:

  2. Dafna

    You are so talented and the wall sconces are just wonderful! You make it look so simple that I feel like doing it right now! Thank you for sharing.

    • Isabelle LaRue

      Thank you, glad you like them!


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