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I was at the hardware store again… {Auckland photographer}

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….?

xx Shari

Bianca - September 18, 2013 - 5:32 pm

OMIGOD so creative!! I love it Shari – looks awesome!!

cherryon - September 18, 2013 - 5:34 pm


Rachael - September 23, 2013 - 9:58 am

You have literally just saved me hundreds! We are just doing up our bedroom and wanted this exact thing! Off to the pet shop we go….

cherryon - September 25, 2013 - 7:38 am

Awesome! So glad to hear it! You may find the cord is a little on the short side, I’ve had to use extension cords to get it to the wall. Good luck!

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