As I was deep in the throes of painting the walls and trim in Emma and Owen's room, my brain was working overtime to figure out what to do with the recessed wall behind their beds. It didn't take long for me to figure out what needed to happen.
When this room was Brent and I's, we had these great little wall mount swing arm lamps on each side of the bed, which were our main light source. They came with us when we moved upstairs which left two lamps on the dressers and the overhead fan light for the kids. As I was painting, I was getting more and more angry and the lack of light in the room. It wasn't so bad during the day because there are two south'ish facing windows for natural light, but as soon as that sun went down it got dark in there pretty quickly. I told Brent that we HAD to figure out a way to make the room brighter.
Our plan was to plank the walls, paint them bright white and add sconces to reflect the light off of the white paint. Luckily, a few weeks ago we picked up a bunch of 9" tongue and groove planking from the garage attic of a foreclosed property. At the time, I had no idea what we were going to use it for but I knew it would come in handy.
Brent started by adding thin vertical strips of plywood where the studs were located to give us a place to nail the horizontal planks.
I filled the nail holes with this wood filler and then lightly sanded them when it was dry.
Shopping for sconces was kinda tricky. We had two things to consider when choosing them - they had to have a low profile (not stick out from the wall too much) because once the bunk beds got slid back into place we didn't want the lights getting knocked around by whichever kid happened to be sleeping on the top bunk. The second stipulation was that we needed them to put off as much light as possible, which eliminated any sort of sconce that would force the light down. Geez - does that last sentence even make sense?? Well...if you get it, then I guess you must "get" me. We stumbled upon these sweet little mason jar lights at Home Depot for the whopping, bank breaking price of......$5. I know. $5.
I suppose if you add in the $3 bulbs that we bought for them and the $5 spray paint, they were more like $9/each. Before we hung them, I spray painted them silver and then rubbed a brown glaze over the silver parts so they wouldn't look so shiny and new. The glaze ended up making the silver spray paint look like galvanized steel, so I was happy with that.
We chose the placement of these lights very carefully so that when it's time for one child to move out of this room, we can center the bed on this wall and the sconces will flank the bed. Side note: every time I type the word "sconce", I think of scones. And now I'm getting really hungry for a white chocolate raspberry scone with those big sugar crystals baked on top.
Here's the wall after 1 coat of primer. It looked sort of cool like this, but I wanted it glossier to bounce the light around.