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Nautical Floor Lamp Makeover

If you have been following my Pinterest boards lately, you can tell I am on a Nautical kick. That is because the new nursery is going to be a nautical theme.  I am actually in the middle of writing up a big post with all my ideas for the new room, but I have already gotten started on a few projects.

I need a floor lamp for the space, and I wanted something that was a nod to the theme without being too obvious.  I found this rope floor lamp from Mecox designs but (along with the $800 price tag) it was a little over the top.  It was too large, and there was just too much sisal.
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 I also liked the look of this Eric Cohler bronze rope floor lamp.  It was more delicate and size appropriate for my small space, but again, it was $650.  Too much moola for my budget.
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Fortunately for me, I had an old IKEA lamp that would do just the trick. I had been using it the master bedroom, and the previous shade was a lot smaller and not true white so I swapped it with a much larger shade I had on an old desk lamp I found at the goodwill:
(IKEA doesn't carry my exact lamp anymore, but they do sell a new version for $9.99 and unlike mine, that one is adjustable.) 


I wanted accent stripes on the shade, so the first thing I did was measure down one inch from the top and bottom of the shade and made marks:
 

Then I wrapped two pieces of grosgrain ribbon around the shade and attached it with tacky glue. (Tacky glue is much nicer to work with than hot glue since it won't dry raised and gives you a chance to slide the ribbon into the exact position you want it.) 

Finally I took sisal rope and wrapped it onto the lamp base in sections.
I didn't want to wrap the entire base, I wanted it to be more of an accent.

And that was it! The final, new and improved, nautical lamp.  Not bad for under $20!
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3 comments :

  1. Love it! I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/10/diyers-32-and-marathon-weekend.html

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  2. Cristina@Remodelando la CasaOctober 10, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    I love yours way more than the pricey inspiration counterparts ;) Beautiful!

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  3. Kim @ Exquisitely UnremarkableOctober 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Fabulous! I love it...what a great easy and inexpensive upgrade! :)

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