Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Before & After: Nautical Lamp


First DIY for our guest room redo: A New Lamp.

(and by guest room, I obviously mean the cat's room... have fun trying to kick him out of your bed, future guests)

Initially, I wanted a really country feel to the guest room, so naturally I get a nagging idea in my head for a nautical lamp that I really want to make.  Now just to decide whether the lamp is staying and the room is changing or vice versa...



I did have a really ugly cheap lamp in the room, but I kept seeing this simple little white one every time I visited Spotlight that just fit what I wanted to do.

before shot: plain boring old lamp

Starting with recovering the shade, adding the fabric as diagonal stripes to contrast with the rope base. 


Using the shade as a template, cut, wrap and pin to get the fit right.  Then folding a seam inside the shade, finishing with hot glue to secure it.


To add the rope base, I started with hot glue on the rope on the bottom for the whole circumference, then every 3 turns of the rope, I added a bit of hot glue to secure at the back.

It was such a quick and easy project and now we have a cute new lamp!

I wanted to title this post "I love lamp" but then I thought maybe no-one else would giggle at it but me and I'd just sound all lame, loving my lamp and all.  Ah, I always amuse myself with movie quotes.  No one else, usually, just myself.

What do you think?  Should I change my guest room or should another space be getting the nautical treatment??  I can hear the anchors motifs calling me...

8 comments:

  1. Wonderful transformation! You did a great job! Thanks a bunch for sharing:) Love your space.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  2. I just found your lovely blog by way of a pin on pinterest. I adore this nautical lamp. I would definitely enjoy staying in a guest room with such a refreshing and calm style of decor. :)

    http://eleanorjamesblog.blogspot.com

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  3. Great job.Thanks for sharing your idea with us.I will definitely try this trick for my lamp.please visit my blog and suggest me some idea regarding Marine Lighting

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  4. What size of rope did you use for this project?? Very innovative, love!

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  5. I totally get "I love lamp" and I did giggle with you. :)

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  6. Where did you find the rope for this project? I'm having a hard time finding decorative rope to use.

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