I really scored when I found this pair of wall sconces at the local Santa Cruz Flea Market. I got both sconces for twenty dollars! When my upholsterer was picking up some of my other projects, she mentioned that she also did rewiring, so I had her take the wall sconces to rewire them. She is a jack, or rather, jill-of-all-trades.
I salvaged the shutter doors from the Last Chance thrift shop at a local landfill. I got nine of them at only two dollars a piece. They are really heavy and solid, old closet doors. Perfect for this project!
I flipped them upside down, so the shutter portion of the door is now at the bottom and mounted the wall sconce to the flat panel at the top.
I left the original, weathered patina, that only time can create, on the wall sconces. For the shutter doors, I painted one coat of Coco Chalk Paint® followed by a coat of Old White Chalk Paint® that I thinned with water. I wiped the white back as it was drying, so the Coco showed through more in places. Then, I sanded the whole door to make it look like a rough and weathered, old shutter.
I placed my new lighting fixtures on either side of my french doors in my new apartment.
They look so lovely when they are lit and add a lot of old world charm to the room.
This simple and inexpensive project is one of my favorites of all time.