We are finally at that point in our farmhouse renovation where the fun stuff is happening! I’m talking about picking out bathroom fixtures, thinking about furniture placement and putting in lighting!
I really wanted to highlight the area over our 6’ kitchen window and farmhouse sink. Our electrician wired for three sconce lights over the window very early on and I’ve been thinking about something fun to put there ever since. Wall sconces make classic kitchen lighting ideas but if you want a modern finish, you can end up paying a pretty high cost for something that looks good.
And generally speaking, lighting can be so expensive – especially when we’re talking about new lighting fixtures for the entire house! I didn’t want these sconces to break the bank but the sconces I originally chose retailed over $200 each... Making this area a $600 expenditure!
So I was eager to find an alternative. As I was scrolling Amazon (opens in new tab) one day I came across a very similar sconce in style to the one I had chosen but for only $35!!
The original Amazon wall sconces I bought
Westinghouse Lighting Lexington One-Light Indoor Wall Light | $35.08 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The brushed nickel finish light comes with on trend ribbed glass and takes one 60W medium base light bulb.
How to upgrade wall sconces: DIY
This particular sconce comes in a few different options and metals to choose from. I knew I wanted a clear ribbed glass shade so I ordered the nickel sconces from Amazon (opens in new tab) with the clear shade, planning to do something fun with the metal finish.
I had several cans of gold spray paint from previous projects, some liquid gold leaf, and some rub ‘n buff also in gold so I tried to work with that to save more cash along the way.
- Spray paint in gold and black
- Gold rub ‘n buff (opens in new tab)
- Liquid gold
- Plastic gloves
- Painters tape
- Plastic bags
Step 1: Finding the perfect finish
For the first part of the project I removed the glass shade and wrapped a plastic bag and taped around the mounting plate and cover. I started spraying a coat of gold paint in a matte brassy finish and wasn’t loving it. It wasn’t as shiny as I wanted.
Next, I tried some liquid gold leaf but the finish was too rosy, haha.
This was definitely a process of elimination! The last thing I tried was a gold spray paint from Rustoleum in the color, ‘Metallic Gold" (opens in new tab). This was exactly what I was looking for!
Step 2: Moving onto the plate cover
I left the sconces to dry overnight. The next morning I removed the plastic and taped off the gold part I had just painted in order to spray the mounting plate cover. This was the easy part because my go-to black spray paint is always matte black paint + primer from Rustoleum (opens in new tab).
I love this two-toned combination paired with the clear ribbed glass shade. It complements our kitchen decor so well, adding a sophisticated but modern touch to the space.
All in all, the sconces were a $105 plus materials, which I actually had on hand! So this DIY project literally cost 1/6th the cost of my original sconces! Money saved, and I’m so thrilled with how they look in our kitchen.
Project cost breakdown:
- Sconces – $105
- Spray paint – $10
- Rub ‘n buff – $7
- Painters tape – $5
Total cost $127