Upcycled Thrift Store Sconces


I bought these wood and iron sconces from a discount thrift store for $4.00. When I got them home I saw them on ebay; a listing for $24.00 for one and another listing for $55.00 for the pair. Also, it turns out, my stepmother’s sister has the same exact ones.  She told me that she bought them from a home shopping party in the 1980’s. I love the shape and mixture of the wood and iron (and the price) so I snatched them up. I knew they needed a little paint hence, this post, my upcycled thrift store sconces.

I really didn’t need to prep these in any way other than cleaning them.  They were extremely dusty. I ended up rinsing them off, scrubbing gently with a sponge, and allowed them to try overnight. Here is a picture of them before I painted them.


I chose a gray acrylic craft paint; Martha Stewart’s Gray Wolf Satin to be exact. After all, I’m in love with gray right now and my last name IS Wulf. I took my time with this one and ended up painting three light coats, plus a touch up coat. I thought about distressing it a little but then decided against it. I like them as is.


I ended up hanging them in my dining room using them to anchor the window looking out to my back yard.  I love the way they turned out and they match the style and colors in there.

The two sconces plus paint and white taper candles were only about $15.00 (thanks to a couple coupons). Talk about a thrifty deal!

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