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Published on 01 Apr 2013 | over 3 years ago

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Lighting is so important in any space and when you live in a rental apartment, your options are often limited, not to mention the fact that you don't necessarily want to invest a whole lot of money for custom lighting. My NYC apartment had no lighting at all in the living room and even with a couple of table lamps, the space still felt too dark. I didn't have much floor space to work with so I knew I wanted to have wall sconces but when I looked in stores or online for plug-in wall lamps that would work in my rental, I realized there were very few options out there. Plus the ones that I did find were well over $100 and didn't fit the look I wanted. So I tapped into my inner MacGyver and set out to design wall sconces I could easily make in my apartment with just a drill and a few hand tools.

That's how the TRESSE wall sconce came to be: it costs less than $25 in materials, it's plug-in so you can mount it directly on a wall without needing to deal with wiring, and my design makes it easy to customize the shades and easily change them out if you move to a new apartment or simply want a different look.

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For a complete resource guide, including materials, tools and supplies needed for this project, go to: www.engineeryourspace.com/how-to-make-a-wall-lamp/

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