the old barn

Home Office Makeover – DIY Art & Bookshelves – Week 5 One Room Challenge

November 4, 2020

Welcome! I am so glad you’re here! My home office is looking much improved! We are on Week 5 for the One Room Challenge this week I am sharing a new painting I created for the space between the bookshelves, some bookshelf styling tips and, my new sconces! If you missed them, here are the links to WEEK 1, WEEK 2, WEEK 3, and WEEK 4

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is ORC-Guest-400x218-1.png

For those of you who are new to my page, Hello! I’m Jessica, wife to Cody, and mom to 2 boys and a girl. I have a background in architecture and designed this home that we just built in a small Texas town. We self-contracted the build…and we are still finishing up a few projects. Most days you can find me on Instagram @the.old.barn


This week I created this sky landscape painting to go between the bookshelves. I have no formal painting cred or training but I like the way it turned out. I cut a piece of plywood to the size I wanted (30″x 40″) and started painting. My husband used some scrap 1x2s to make a frame for it.


I knew I wanted 2 sconces flanking the artwork, and I selected these beauties from Crystorama because of their classic look. I also love the little shades to soften the light. These fixtures are called Riverdale in polished nickel. I wasn’t sure if I would hard wire or do the “Magic Light” trick, so the shades were definitely necessary. If you’re not familiar with the Magic Light trick, I’ll explain in a video below.

The sconces arrived and they are even better in person! With these sconces, you have options: 1) about how long you want that bottom piece. They come with 2 different lengths, or your can just attache the ball directly to the bottom of the light fixture without either extension. 2) They come with both a silver (or same color metal) ball finials AND a glass one as shown here. 3) There are 8 choices for metallic finishes, and each one is gorgeous! These sconces are linked here.

The magic light trick

I did not invent this method, it has been around a while, but I made a video to show how easy itis and how well it works with this sconce. Here’s a link to the pop lights I used.

Be sure to check out the other projects by going to the One Room Challenge Blog:

  1. Amie Druehl says:

    This is an impressive DIY! It looks beautiful. Looking forward to seeing your final space!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *