I’ve been wanting to spruce up my bed for some time now, so I finally decided on a headboard design that had been floating around in my mind. I wanted something simple, a little rustic, and with a little bit of colour. I used different size knotty boards, and gave it a bit of a grey-wash tinted stain/varnish finish. Since it was just regular big box store pine, the wood was pretty white and I didn’t have much grain to work with. I might still sand back the grey a little, but I’ll give it a test run as is for now. I’ll make it into a whole bed at some point, but it’s a good start for the amount of time I wanted to invest.
Once the headboard was up, it was time to think about lighting. I was playing with a few ideas, from hanging mason jar lights, side table lamps, and finally, adjustable bare bulb pendants. I found some really nice vintage inspired hanging sockets and wire, but at more than $180/each once the wall plug and switch were added, and no sconce, it was just more than I was willing to put out. So what did I do? Make my own with a bit of outside the box thinking. The best bit was the bulb socket. Turns out that what I was looking for (ceramic socket on cord with a wall plug and switch) was a reptile heat light!! Who would’ve known! I figured that out after many search attempts on Trade Me of different words surrounding light socket. So off to the local pet shop I went and presto, step one sorted! Next I got a piece of copper piping and a few joints for the sconces. I had to take the light socket apart and undo the wiring so I could feed it through the piping before reattaching, but really it was quite simple. Finally I put in the Edison style bulb, and wrapped the already insulated cord with a bit of my work twine to cover up the black, and add a bit of colour. For both lights it came to less than the cost of a single store bought one! Score for me! And they work perfectly for reading as I can just swing the light to where I need it, and they have the softest, most beautiful glow. I stole my caravan pillow from the beetle, found a $7 pedestal table on Trade Me for the other bedside table, made the bed, and one, two, three, a fresh new bedroom for not much more than a little elbow grease! Woot! I know it’s not a style everyone will like, but luckily they don’t have to live with it :) Hope it serves as some inspiration to others though!
Hmmm what next….?