Simple DIY RV Sconce Light Covers

I have been working diligently on Bertha, my vintage 1974 motorhome that my dad and I are fixing up.

I haven't shared much on the blog yet because the beginning stages of the makeover just aren't that exciting, to be honest! She is parked at my parent's house while we work on her and I've been there almost every weekend since we got her.

Since we've started we have:
  • Ripped out the old nasty carpet
  • Replaced the broken plastic RV interior molding pieces with new wood molding
  • Cleaned

I shared a "before the makeover tour" here: Exciting News at Little Vintage Cottage! and I created a mood board here: Hello, My Name is Bertha - RV Mood Board.

I'll be painting the interior today!

Right now though I'm sharing a simple little DIY project to revive her broken, yellowed plastic sconce lights.

New RV sconce light shades

Bertha is 44 years old and while she is in great shape (albeit a little dated!), some of her light fixtures aren't holding up too well. Mostly the plastic ones... they are broken, cracked, and yellowed. 😞

RV sconce light
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I decided to try making some covers for them to spruce them up a bit.

I had a small sheet of decorative aluminum that came out of one of the vintage lamps I used to make the Upcycled Lamp Garden Totem.

It was stapled together in a cylinder shape inside one of the glass lamp bases and had a small light inside. You can find lots of different designs of aluminum sheets HERE!

I covered my work table with an old towel and then flattened it with a rubber mallet.

decorative aluminum sheet

Then I measured the sconce shade and cut the metal to size using just regular scissors. I left about 1/4" overhang on all sides.

I used the old shade and carefully bent the metal over it. The old plastic is pretty brittle so I was very careful with this step.

sconce light cover DIY

I used a straight edge to bend a lip so it would snap around the old shade and stay in place.

make light shades covers from decorative aluminum sheets

light sconce covers

I opted to reuse the old shades and just cover them because they snap over the actual light fixture and without them I thought it would be harder to figure out how to attach the new metal shades.

light shades from decorative aluminum

I have decided to add some copper into the decor mix for Bertha so I spray painted these with hammered copper spray paint by Rust-Oleum.

copper painted metal light shades

I really like how they turned out, what do you think?! I can't wait to see how they look once Bertha has been painted inside... the copper against creamy white walls will look great I think!

new RV wall sconces

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Simple DIY RV Sconce Light Covers