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Sea Fan Sconce

A metal sconce with a simple design lets the sea fan take the starring role; sanding the sconce after painting gives it a soft patina.

Photography: Gentl & Hyers

Source: Martha Stewart





  • Wrought-iron sconce

  • Paintbrush

  • Acrylic paint in white

  • Sandpaper

  • Screwdriver

  • Rubber mallet

  • Sea fan

  • Metal file

  • Wooden craft stick

  • 5-minute epoxy


  1. Paint sconce lightly all over using a dry brush and white paint. let dry.

  2. Sand sconce lightly to balance the white and the gray.

  3. Use screwdriver and mallet to chisel away excess matter at the base of the sea fan so it can slide behind the base of the sconce. Smooth what remains with metal file.

  4. Position sea fan on sconce; there should be some overlap at the top to hide the nail hole. Assess the 2 best points for gluing, 1 at the fan base and 1 about halfway up to the nail hole.

  5. Using craft stick, carefully apply a small amount of glue to those two spots on the sconce; adhere sea fan. let dry. Repeat at second point.

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