How Did You Make Those Lamps Float??

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How Did You Make Those Lamps Float??

A little background on Friday’s  bedroom reveal. If you missed it go here to catch up. I was so pleased with how the wall sconces turned out but getting there was no small feat.

I found these great lamps at Tuesday Morning for $9.99 and knew instinctively that they would be perfect but then had to put on my engineer’s hat (which doesn’t always fit real well) and figure out how to retrofit them since I didn’t want them to just hang over the headboard.





At first I planned to hang them by this really beautiful antique chain from the canopy but the lights flopped down since they are bottom heavy so it was on to plan B. Then C. 🙂

In the end I had Jim at Gowan Iron (who made the bed for me)  clip off the hooks that were on the top and craft what amounted to a very heavy duty plate hanger that hugged the back of the lamp at the top and bottom.



The bed projects out from the wall 6″ so I had an extension bar welded to the back of the “plate hook”. We made this as small in diameter as possible because we had to make a slit in the bed hangings for this bar and for the cord to pass through.


Then we had a plate made that would screw into the wall that also had an extension that would slide over the other extension and be secured by a little screw.

That multi-talented man of mine (OK, I confess, he is the real brains behind figuring out how to make all of this stuff work) then secured them to the wall.



They fit like a glove. (Thank  you Jim)

And voila! Lights that float on scrim.

floating lamps


Don’t get any ideas about having Jim make some for you. He told me in no uncertain terms that he would kill me if I ever walked in the door with lamp shades again.

I sent him a text the next day saying I would like for him to make 6 more pair more me.

tee hee. Wasn’t that MEAN???

What magic tricks do you have? Let’s talk.

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  • Great idea, Cindy!
    Hope that all is well with you, busy lady!

    September 24, 2013 at 2:52 pm
  • LOL!!! The only problem with working with those shades was Gowan Iron is dirty personified. Fabric and a blacksmith shop do not mix well. I was actual proud of how little grim we got on them. Room looks great!!!


    September 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm

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