Thursday, November 13, 2014

DIY Sconce

Tutorial for the sconce I made for my One Room Challenge Office Space. This is a moderately complicated DIY as it involves some power tools for drilling holes, and electrical knowledge. I utilized brass bases from lamps that I already had, but sourced possible bases if you wanted purchase some and try this at home.


6 " Brass Lamp Bases (2)   You can find this one at Grand Brass 6" BRASS BASE HERE 

Hickey and (4) 1" Length of 1/8" threaded rod, (4) 1/8" nuts You can purchase   HICKEY'S HERE    You need 2 of these

Candelabra sockets (2)  found HERE

Lamp wire if hard-wiring or if plugging in 2 Lamp cords HERE,

Dowels found either at Home Depot or Lowes

5/16" x 48"   (2)
7/16" x 48"   (4)
3/8" x 36"     (7)

Gold Leaf and Adhesive Size   found at Michael's or Amazon

2 Aluminum Ridge Vent Straps found HERE

8 screws and nuts(to attach the ridge vent strap)

Spray Clear Lacquer

Epoxy ( I like quick set, just a few minutes)


The brass base will be set on the diagonal for this project. 

  1.  Thread a 1"Long x 1/8" threaded rod through the hole in the center of the base and attach the hickey placing a lock nut on back side of base. Take another 1"Long x 1/8" threaded rod and attach the candelabra socket to the hickey. If you are not hard-wiring the sconce you need to drill a 1/8" hole in the "bottom" of your base to allow the cord to thread through hole and down the wall to your plug.
  2.  Run the lamp cord through the back of the base and wire the candelabra socket.
  3.  Attach the aluminum ridge vent to the base by drilling through the brass base using the holes as your guide. You then use screws and nuts to attach the ridge vent or if you own a pop rivet gun, rivets make a nice flush attachment to base.
  4.  Coat your dowels with adhesive size. When dry "roll" the dowel in pre-cut pieces of gold leaf paper. 

     5.  Seal the dowels with a spray clear lacquer. DO NOT SKIP this step as the gold leaf will naturally tarnish.

     6.  Cut the dowels to your desired sizes. My longest center dowels were 15" long and then I graduated the sizes according to how I wanted it to look.

     7.  Have your dowel pattern laid out prior to epoxying so it does not dry out before you finish. I used clamps at the beginning (you could use clothes pins) to prevent the dowels from moving prior to setting. Continue epoxying and layering your dowels until you reach your desired look.

     8.  Use a small wattage bulb to prevent fire hazards.

Monday, November 10, 2014

DIY Screen

Here is the tutorial for the screen featured in my One Room Challenge

Supply list:

Hollow Core Unfinished Composite Door Slab 18 x 80 (4) available at Home Depot $19.98 ea

Brass Hinges 2 1/2" $3.98 for a 2 pack. You will need 5 packs 

Square wooden dowels (I got mine at Home Depot)
3/8" x 36"   7 at $.98 ea
1/4" x 36"   8 at $1.04 ea

Epoxy Glue
Glossy Spray Lacquer Paint  I use whatever they have at the big box hardware store

Prime the panels with the black spray paint. Once dry put on 2 coats of black paint.

I chose to cut the dowels to the size I wanted, and then spray them gold. Do this so you can spray the ends to avoid raw wood edges.

"Paint" on the size adhesive and let dry. Apply the gold leaf. I cut the sheets to size to make it easier. You can also "roll" the dowels on the sheet for easy application.

Once you have gold leafed the dowels, you MUST seal them with a spray lacquer. The gold will tarnish if you do not complete this step.

Arrange the dowels in whatever pattern you choose. I used Epoxy to glue them to the panel.

I put 3 hinges on each screen. This is helpful to have an extra set of hands to help hold the screen as you apply the hinges. Hint: pre-drill pilot holes for the screws.

Total cost for materials:   $160.48

Later in the week I will post tutorials for the console, sconces, and floor cloth.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

One Room Challenge FINAL REVEAL

I can't believe the end arrived so quickly! A big THANK YOU to Linda from Calling it Home for creating this fun challenge. I began this with these parameters

1. I am in a rental house, so I had to work with the space as it is. NO LIGHT, and only 2 walls with doorways in each.
2. I have a LARGE Bookcase Secretary that had to remain in the room (there was no place else in this house for it to fit).
3. I did this on a VERY small budget. I spent a total of $325 in paint, material for the sconces, floor cloth, and screen. (Luckily I had furniture from my home and shop to source).

I DIY'ed the following:   Floor cloth, wall sconces, folding screen and art.
Please forgive the bad photography, I have NO natural light in this room.
All items were sourced from yours truly LIV Vintage.

The Floor Cloth

Styled Bookcase

DIY Sconce

DIY Console and artwork

Remember this is where I started:

Please check out the FABULOUS 20 Original Participants, There is some unbelievable design happening there. And please be sure to look at the Linking Participants

Thursday, October 30, 2014

LIV Vintage WEEK 5

Unfortunately there is not a lot to show this week. It seems that everything will fall into place the final week (fingers crossed and a lot of cocktails).

I finished my screen. although it seems to need another panel.......

Found this lamp for my desk

Chose my desk chair and began painting some potential artwork

Black and white Louis XVI chair

Got the chandelier hung
Had to swag it from the original spot (rental house)

Hung this brutalist sculpture

Still to do:

Upholster stools
Finish sconces
Put final coat on the floor cloth
Style bookcase/ secretary
Style room
Find and hang art  (may have to do gallery style for LACK of a large fabulous piece of artwork)
Check out the other linking participants HERE 

And please look at the unbelievable progress made by the One Room Challenge Fabulous 20 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Designers Alphabeticaly C: Lorenzo Castillo

Madrid's Lorenzo Castillo design epitomizes how mixing antiques and modern makes for incredibly FABULOUS design!!! Named to Elle Decor's A list of designers, Lorenzo has an extensive background as a dealer, and designer. His store in Madrid is comprised of furniture and decorative items in lacquer, brass, steel, leather, marble combined in different ways, "as a review of classicism from a contemporary aesthetic."

Chinoiserie, Antiques, and Modern

His store in Madrid


His residence in a 17th C former convent

David Hicks fabric, modern, classical
 Images via Elle Decor and Lorenzo Castillo

Thursday, October 23, 2014

One Room Challenge, WEEK 4

Welcome to WEEK 4 of the One Room Challenge. Thank you to Linda from Calling it Home for putting together such a wonderful event !! I must admit I thought 6 weeks was no problemo to change a little room given the fact that I don't have construction issues, but.........SILLY NAIVE ME 6 weeks is a VERY, VERY short amount of time when you are undertaking SEVERAL DIY projects. Panic mode has definitely set in. Most of the projects I am doing are almost, but not quite completed. I am very fortunate to have a wickedly talented, innovative husband who can make all the ideas swirling in my head come true. We have never hired a contractor, the man can do anything!! Need a chandelier hung, done. Need to attach a piece of metal to my DIY sconce, (me clueless) done. DUH, RIVETS. Help laying out my floor cloth idea, done. Oh yeah, he cooks phenomenal meals as well.

Progress this week went a little something like this...

The sconces are coming along....

Little side note. I special ordered a lot of brass rods from ACE Hardware only to find out when I picked up my order that, THEIR WEBSITE WAS NOT ACCURATE. The stated the quantity was 8 per order so I should have received 56 rods. But I received 7 measly rods. APPARENTLY THEY screwed up on the website but didn't feel they needed to make it right with the customer (I thought we were always right!) So that left me gold leafing MANY dowels. Just a buncha EXTRA time and work. Thanks ACE!

The screen is not quite finished, here is a peek of one panel. A little difficult to photograph laying down.

Possible accessories lined up waiting to see who makes the cut

 I put this black and white design on the top of my desk to break up the wood, don't know if it is going to stay yet..

So onto next week. I can't wait to see what the other linking participants are up to HERE
And don't forget to check in with the original FABULOUS 20 HERE

Monday, October 20, 2014

Console Lust

Brass consoles I am lusting over. The first one seems like a great DIY !

Herve Van Der Slaeten

Adam Williams
Brass Stunner

Baker Biomorphic Console

P.E. Guerin Faux Bois

P.E. Guerin table I FOUND last week !!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Living in South Florida leaves me simply dreaming about having a fireplace. It wouldn't be prudent to have something that one would use two or perhaps three days out of the year. But IF I have a home in a colder climate someday I might entertain having one of these......

Kelly Wearstler via Elle Decor

Stan Bitters Tile (The Marion House Book) Fabulous for Outdoors

Black Marble
 Gyrofocus for the Beach House
And of course I would have to have something in the firebox, perhaps one of these ..

Steel Spherical Andirons

Bronze Dore 19th Century Chenets

Donald Deskey via 1st Dibs