The Shack: Our Little Poconos Getaway, and Custom Vintage Wall Lamps (Post #20)

Hello there.  I’m glad to have you checking in with me today.  I wanted to share a little more progress in our main floor guest bedroom at The Shack.  Now that we have the walls painted and a bed installed, I wanted to hang some artwork and address the lighting in that room.

You see, the guest bedroom doesn’t have any architectural lighting.  There’s no ceiling fixture or recessed lighting in that space, so we’ll have to rely on portable table lamps and other methods of lighting.  I’ve been wanting to do something interesting and unique at either side of the bed, sconces perhaps.

I came across these cool plant hangers on Ebay recently.  They’re from the 1960’s or 70’s, I would imagine, and were used for suspending hanging house-plants.  I thought they would be really cool if I used them to create a pair of custom sconces on either side of the guest room bed.


These vintage plant hangers will make an interesting addition to our guest bedroom at The Shack. They project out from the wall and pivot, as desired. I can just picture them holding some 1970’s spider plants!  

I’m planning to rework these vintage hangers and fashion some interesting sconces similar to West Elms’s wood bracket lights that have been very popular online.


This industrial style wooden wall light by West Elm is so interesting and unique. It’s become very popular and there are many different versions of this look available from different vendors. This is my inspiration for the guest bedroom wall lights in the guest bedroom at The Shack.

You can visit the above image on Pinterest by clicking here.


I decided that rather than screw the brackets directly into the drywall, mounting the entire fixture onto a simple wooden board would be best. I don’t want them falling down on people in the middle of the night, or anything! So I made a little sketch and planned out the best method of attachment.  Then I had my awesome husband cut out the boards for me, with notched corners, before screwing the brackets into place on this back-board.


I also chose to use a red, cloth covered cord, which will plug into the wall outlet and wrap loosely around the wall mounted brackets. I love the bright red color, which I’m using as an accent throughout the main floor of The Shack.

You can purchase this red cloth covered cord at by clicking here.


In conjunction with the cloth covered cord, I’m going to use these jumbo Edison style light bulbs. I got mine from West Elm, and they are so cool at 5 1/2″ diameter.

You can find these jumbo Edison bulbs at West Elm by clicking here.

And finally, I found some terrific white glass shades at a local Thrift shop, and they’re the perfect size to go with those giant Edison Bulbs.  Once I aseembled everything and attached the sconces to the wall, it looks like this:


AFTER: Here you can see my finished sconces, using the vintage plant hangers, red cloth covered cords, and jumbo Edison bulbs with white glass shades. I just love them! They really add a lot of unique interest and are very practical. It’s also wonderful to have the bed-side tables kept completely free for guests to use as they wish, instead of taking up surface area with a lamp.  I’m sure you noticed that I also added some pretty artwork to finish the space out.


Combined with some additional vintage framed artwork and comfortable colorful bedding, the customized wall lights look terrific. Silvia thinks so too…can you see her little white paws peeking out from under the bed? She’s so funny!

Now, all our guests will have terrific bedside lighting when they’re visiting The Shack.  I think the bedroom is turning out to be a super comfy place to relax.  Stay tuned for further updates to the guest bedroom at The Shack. Until then, make sure to like Robinson Interiors on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, and DO stay tuned for future updates on The Shack!

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