This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Philips Lighting. All opinions are 100% mine.
I have a tutorial for a DIY vintage style pulley light to share with you guys. I’ve been swooning over unique lighting solutions lately. I came up with my own version that will work beautifully as wall sconce lighting between twin beds in The North House Lodge. Besides looking ah-mazing, these DIY vintage pulley lights are easy to make and budget-friendly — keys to an awesome home decor project.
How To Make A DIY Vintage Style Pulley Light
Supplies per wall light:
- clamp light with metal lampshade
- plastic 5″ medium duty pulley
- wall bracket – purchased or see below for DIY version
- replacement electrical plug
- spray paint blue, black satin, and flat black
- 1 cup hook
- 1 plastic mirror clip
- Philips LED Light Bulb
- Philips Classic Glass LED light bulb – Soft White version or,
- Philips Classic Glass LED light bulb – Daylight version
Step 1. Take the clamp light apart.
Clamp lights are easy to find at a hardware store in the lighting or electrical department. Be sure to pick one that has a removable clamp. The clamp will come off easily by unscrewing the wing nut. The light socket will also need to unscrew from the metal lampshade.
Step 2. Paint the lampshade, hardware and pulley.
Spray paint the lampshade blue and the pulley black satin. All of the hardware, the cup holder hook, the plastic mirror clip as well as the screws should be painted flat black.
Step 3. Prepare the wall bracket or make one.
If you use a pre-made wood wall bracket, simply paint it the color you want, add pilot holes if needed to attach it to the wall and move on to the next step.
To make a simple DIY wood wall bracket like mine, follow the below steps.
I used 1″ x 3″ poplar for my wood bracket. Follow the below photo for the cuts.
Add 1 pocket hole with a Kreg Jig under the top arm of the bracket. Set the jig to 3/4″ material if you are using 1″ wood. Use wood glue and a 1 1/4″ pocket screw to attach the two pieces.
Assemble the rest of the DIY wood bracket as shown below. I used 1″ brad nails and wood glue. You could also screw these pieces together.
#1. pocket hole, #2. 1″ brad nails, #3. countersunk pilot holes to attach the DIY vintage style pulley light bracket to the wall.
Sand heavily to remove sharp the edges and give the wood wall bracket an aged, worn look. Stain, paint or varnish as desired.
Step 4. String the light through the pulley.
Clip the plug off of the end of the cord and string the cord through the pulley guides. Follow the manufacturer’s directions and install the new replacement plug at the end of the light’s electrical wire.
Step 5. Install the hardware.
Screw the cup hook onto the bottom of the end of the bracket arm. Next, install a mirror clip onto the bottom of the wood wall bracket to hold the electrical cord in place.
Step 6. Attach bracket to the wall.
Attach the wood bracket to the wall using wall anchors.
Step 7. Assemble The DIY Vintage Pulley Light
Hang the pendant light onto the cup hook and run the cord under the mirror clip. Adjust the length of the pendant light, and tighten the mirror clip over the cord. Screw the metal painted lampshade back onto the light fixture.
Step 8. Use Philips Lighting’s Classic Glass LED lightbulb to Finish Getting The Look you want with the best performance.
Pick up one of the new Philips Classic Glass LED light bulbs, in either soft white or daylight. I like soft white for bedrooms, living areas and kitchens. Daylight works best in areas like office spaces and laundry rooms.
I love that these Philips LED light bulbs look just like traditional light bulbs but with all of the benefits of LEDs. They are estimated to last more than 13 years depending on use and provide 85% energy savings over traditional light bulbs.
I’m changing over all our light bulbs to Philips Lighting LED bulbs in the North House Lodge and at home in Fl. With an estimated per bulb energy cost of .84/per year that adds up to big savings!
I’m changing over all of our light bulbs to Philips Lighting’s LED bulbs in the North House Lodge and at home in Fl. With an estimated per Classic Glass bulb energy cost of $0.84/per year, that adds up to big savings! Definitely worth keeping a few spare boxes on hand, too.
Click below to see where you can find Philip’s LED light bulbs
I’m wondering if I should make another DIY vintage style pulley light to use in a sitting area next to a reading chair too. What do you think? Where would you hang one of these DIY pulley lights in your home?