Weekend Project: Accordion Sconce (Ikea Hack)

I had a bit of a lightbulb (pardon the pun) moment a bit back when I was posting about Nickey Kehoe Interiors and the accordian wall lamps I saw (and loved) everywhere.  I knew I had something similar hanging around the house somewhere and realized it was my IKEA FRÄCK accordian bathroom mirror.  I also found an old $5 IKEA clamp light (just hanging around doing nothing) and so I decided to use it and try to merge the two into a simple hack that anyone could do. And well, here it is!  The only thing I had to buy was a plaque (to secure it to the wall better) and we were set!

Materials Used:
IKEA FRÄCK accordian bathroom mirror
A clamp light, (mine was an old one from IKEA) but a small aluminum clamp light would probably look even better (I will probably exchange mine out thinking about it now)
A wall plaque or piece of wood (I picked up mine at Michael's)
2 screws
Paint (optional)

Remove the mirror from the accordian portion of the fixture if attached (usually they are already apart when you buy them).  Our clamp light had one hole (in one part of the clamp) but not in the other - so we had to drill a hole through the other end in order for us to slip the clamp light in replace of the mirror of the accordion fixture. We slipped the clamp part of the light through the metal piece where the mirror would go, leaving the top part of the light clamp on the outside of the screw, so that it wouldn't fall down.  But you could also just have it slip in between the two.

At this point you could paint the plaque if you wished it to be a different color - however I chose to keep our's white to blend in with the wall colour, but black would look pretty awesome too.  Also if you wish, you could paint the accordion part (which I was thinking about) but opted out to.  But I do love the look of a black plaque and a black accordion - just like the ones found at Nickey Kehoe Interiors - so I just might paint them later.

Once you've decided to paint or not (and the paint is dry of course), you can then attach the accordion part to the plaque by centering it - marking holes where the screws will go with a pencil.  And then just attach with the screws.  We did this so it's more secure to the wall and won't eventually end up falling off due to usage. But you don't have to use a plaque if you wanted to skip that part. 

Next just attach to the wall and you're done! I placed ours over my old piano my Mom so generously gave to us this past year and which desperately needed lighting nearby it. It's so nice to have the piano around again and to be able to see the music now too!

Wishing you a lovely weekend!
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Jan Halvarson


Anonymous said...

Love this - it would work well with me at my ironing board when I am pressing something very intricate ( I make kilts and quilts!) Amanda

Hannah said...



Nadine said...

Great idea and I actually have all of it in the house too. That might call for a DIY weekend.

Have a good one!

Jan Halvarson said...

anon - kilts and quilts - i love that!

hannah - wow - here i thought i was being really clever - now i'm wondering if i ever saw that in the sea of images i come across (and it got buried in my subconscious somehow - although i don't recall it ) but in case you're wondering, i did think of this idea honestly otherwise i would totally say i was inspired by something i saw somewhere - but thanks for "hmmmmm" comment ; )

Darabil said...

Good idea, I just needed a lamp for my sewing desk. Why not DIY?

Shirdi Hotel said...

I would give 10/10 for this creative stuff the lap looks amazing also fits on the wall which also give more space

Pinecone Camp said...

I'm going to try this! Great idea jan. looks fantastic!

Veronica said...

Wow, so creative and gorgeous!!! Go you! Unforatunately my mind just doesn't work that way, but I can follow directions...so thank you!

priscilla said...

Hannah, I was just going to post that this looked just like Daniel's fabulous hack...

Unknown said...

What a great idea! I used to have one like this in my working area couple of years ago and I loved it!

Emma said...

I love this idea - thanks Jan!

Elizabeth said...

Love this idea, I've been looking for something just like this to go by my bed!

Unknown said...

LOVE this hack, I plan to try one of my own.

leah // sang the bird said...

This is so awesome!

qlkowa said...

Hmm, it's time to do one to bedroom:)
Thank you for sharing.
Great DIY.