Cage wall sconces have not only rocked the retro period but are in trend even now. They makeup very exquisite exterior or outdoor lights. Unlike other scones that look best when paired or are placed in series these can be placed even single entity and won’t fail for both function and looks. Today in this article we have discussed step by step guide to make your own cage wall sconce in a mere price of 20 – 25$. All you need is an old wall lamp.
Step 1 –
Just Google lamp guard or ‘lamp cage’ and you will find many options priced a maximum to $16 – $20. Opt for plastic ones. You will know why later in the article.
Step 2 –
Demount your old wall lamp from the wall and carefully remove its shade.
Step 3 –
Lamp cage usually comes in bright colors and you need industrial look with them so painting is good idea. For best result use combination of reactor metal paint, rust activator and primer. Applying reactor metal paint will add some metal particles for the rust activator to react and give an original faux look. 2 coats of metal paint is enough, let it dry for an hour or so and then apply reactor on it. A primer is completely optional. This paints come pricy but then you have saved enough on cage to afford this plus they spread more. Hence less material and more coverage.
Arms of the sconce should be first painted with metal paint. It is up to you to add reactor or not. Many like to have contrast appearance having beautiful textural look in their cage wall sconces.
Step 5 –
Hinges of the cage have clasps that allow us to change the light bulbs inside. It should be noted that these are tight fittings, so it might be possible that they chip the paint of the cage while fixing light. Use of permanent brown marker is ideal to solve this problem. It will effectively hide the color of plastic beneath.
Step 6 –
Now the cage wall sconce is ready mount them on wall where you want them. We advise to use Edison’s bulbs in them as they effectively accentuate the look of the lamp.