DIY Table Lamp to Wall Light

I realise this basic project is far from rocket-science, however a few of you expressed interest in learning more about it after I shared a brief overview in the bungalow bedroom reveal post from last week.

So, I thought it would be nice to put together a little tutorial.

Like I mentioned, it was a super simple project but sometimes it’s the most basic hacks which are the easiest to overlook.

DIY Leather Headboard After

When I was putting the bungalow bedroom together I didn’t have space for table lamps or the budget to install hard-wired sconces, so my next best idea was to convert some affordable table lamps into wall lights. I’ve done this once before, around six years ago, for my daughter’s bedroom.

Desk Lamp to Wall Light

But this time around it was even quicker and easier!

When I was looking for a lamp, my priorities were to find something light-weight, with an in-line switch, which could be easily wall mounted, and was very affordable. I also liked the idea of it being quite minimal and sleek.

After a little bit of hunting around, I decided on these very simple Marlo Table Lamps which I found at Bunnings for just $10 each. Can’t really beat that!

Table Lamp to Wall Light Hack

Of course, I also needed to add pretty bulbs, so paired them with some vintage style decorative bulbs as shown. I think white frosted bulbs would have been nice too for a more modern look.

Here’s the lamp straight out of the box (and right way up!).

DIY Lamp to Wall Light

The base had a thin foam cover, so I peeled that away to reveal a cavity.

Lamp Hack

Wall Lamp Cavity

The cavity offered a few different options for wall mounting the lamp, but I decided that the best method was to simply hang the inner perimeter lip from a basic wide-head nail.

Mounting the Table Lamp to the Wall

And it worked perfectly! All I did was hammer a nail into the wall so that the head was almost flush, then slide the lamp over until the lip caught in place.


I know it might seem as though the light is merely hanging on for dear life, but the lip is ideally formed to ensure everything is super stable and secure. Trust me, I gave it several decent yanks!

To finish the look I screwed in my bulb (as previously mentioned).

Light Bulb

Let there be light!

Light Bulb

This bedroom only had one power outlet on the left wall, so I used a piggy-back plug. One point holds the plug from the left lamp, and one point holds a short extension lead with runs behind the bed in order to hold the plug from the right lamp. Does that make sense?

Bedroom After

Bedroom Before and After

So happy with the way they worked out!




You can see more from this Airbnb Bungalow Makeover HERE.


Bedroom Makeover