Warning: I had a reader tell me that she experienced a fire due to a folded/knotted chord. Mine is not like this anymore so maybe don’t do this. I still want to post it because its all apart of the learning process.
I am back with a another rehab in my master bedroom. I am excited to begin another rehab journey this year so stay tuned for Monday! Have a great weekend.
Our Bedside Lamps have transitioned just as much as our master bedroom has. I am sad to say that I do not have pictures of our first try at our bedroom. It really was not much. It was just four walls, our matching bedroom set and a couple of sliding mirrored closet doors. Yuck. When I went to Ikea with to get our billy bookcases for bedside storage I had to figure out what I wanted to do for bed lamps. I had an idea….hanging pendent lamps. The problem was I didn’t want to hard wire them. I thought I could figure it out and picked up two Hemma cord sets for $3.99. I knew I had two shade covers at home that would work. Here is what I came up with:
1.) I spray painted the black part of this cord white:
2.) I found the two shades I had from an old light fixture:
3.) I attached the shades and cord set and knotted the cord and hung the knot on a swag hook from Lowes:
I was playing with my camera and the color accent button with this pic. Isn’t this a cute pic of my baby? Her name is Piper. She is a sweet heart…except for the time she chewed up a highlighter on the very comforter that she is laying on.
You are probably asking yourself, “How did you turn your lights on and off every night?” That was the one obstacle I had to overcome in this bedside pendant lighting. I was watching t.v. one day I and a saw this commercial:
First of all, seeing this makes me miss Billy Hayes commercials. We miss you Billy. Second of all, no, I am not one who gets sucked into these “As Seen on TV” commercials but I had to try this one. When I called I actually got two for $14.99. Five Days later they were here. I wasn’t sure if they would both work in the same room so the hubs could turn one light off and I could turn off the other. My hunch was correct you could not turn them off separately. But, you could turn them on and off together. The Hubs had a switch on the shelf by his bed and I had one too. We laughed every time we turned the switch on and off. I always longed to have two different lamps that could turn on separately. When we switched the bed, I took my opportunity.
I had always liked industrial bedside lamps like this one from Restoration or this one from Pottery Barn. My favorite was this one from Shades of Light. The only problem was the cost. Did you see those prices?! I couldn’t spend more on my bed side lamps than I did my bed. So I was determined to find the look. I was grocery shopping one day at Wal-mart and I wandered over to the lighting aisle and found a stainless looking clamp lamp for $9.99. I snatched two up without even thinking. I had created my head-board with space behind it so I knew that I could figure out how to attach them. I couldn’t find this lamp on Walmart.com so I took a picture for you.
The Hubs had a great idea of screwing L-Brackets to the back of the headboard. So I bought a large L-Bracket and screwed it into the backside of the headboard on both sides. (I measured to make it symmetrical). My outlet is behind my bed and it has an outlet strip with a surge protector plugged into it. The cord from the surge protector goes through the hole that I made in my headboard. I fed both lights plugs into the hole and plugged them into the strip. The cords were not seen…YES!!!! I clamped them on the L-bracket and realized that the L-bracket wasn’t thick enough to get a good clamp. Little obstacles like that don’t discourage me..I grabbed a few wood shims and cut them down and clamped the lights over the wood shims and the L-brackets like this:
I could have just screwed or nailed a 2 inch piece of a 2X4 to the back of the headboard and called it a day, but oh well…I had already
committed to the L-Bracket and I was not going to move that headboard again. I adjusted the lamps how I wanted them to look and this is how they turned out:
For $25.00 I got two bedside lamps that not only are the look that I was going for, but they also turn on and off desperately by twisting the top of the lamp. Now I can go to
bed when the Hubs is reading. I love my new lamps.
Are you wondering what I did with the light switches? I decided to take Billy’s advice and use them for my Christmas tree. I haven’t tried it yet, but they are resting in my christmas light storage bin waiting to be used again. They haven’t failed me yet so I am sure they will work.
Okay, fess up…what “As Seen on T.V.” product have you got sucked into buying? Please do tell…you are in good company here.
Thanks for Reading,