Published on July 28th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Varde Shelf Duck/Bath Light Swan

Materials: Varde Shelf/6 light strip light/Plexiglass

Description: We remodeled our bath with Ikea GODMORGON series and couldn’t find a light fixture we liked that fit the budget. As I debated the design dilemma our son, Michael offered to design/build one.

We couldn’t find a birch wood that matched the GODMORGON birch so I purchased the Varde wall shelf and Micheal used the pieces from the shelf to build the light. Per Michael’s design, we also purchased a cheap Hollywood 6 light strip as a base and a piece of Plexiglas to defuse the light. There is $130 worth of material to get a custom designed high end piece.

We didn’t think to take more pictures during the building process as we didn’t think about posting to Ikea hacker until after the fact. I have attached his design sketch and a photo without the Plexiglas so you can get an idea of how it was built. Even though we don’t have step by step instructions and photos you can see by the pictures it turned out beautiful.

Michael works as a 3D illustrator by day and by night a painter, designer, and photographer. I have remodeled several homes and always have a tight budget so having a son with such talent is a huge help for me. I think he really has outdone himself on this one!

~ Annette Cagle-Rivera & Michael Cagle (Ikea hacker), Dallas, TX

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

20 Responses to Varde Shelf Duck/Bath Light Swan

  1. Anonymous says:

    wow this is a really great idea!!!

  2. datenkind says:

    Incredible idea. Going to achieve something similar for my bathroom.

  3. Anonymous says:

    nice design great work. (Im off to build one for out bathroom!)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Really stunning! Bravo.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This looks amazing!

  6. Mel V says:

    incredible…looks so good i wanna copy it!!

  7. Carlo says:

    Ottimo design! Complimenti.

  8. The Love Spud says:

    This is precisely the kind of fixture I’ve been looking to build out in my bathroom as a replacement for my existing vanity light strip.

    The perfect replacement for that vanity strip is a single T5 or T8 fluorescent strip light (which could cost less than $20 new and would reduce power consumption up to 1/6).

    Good luck!


  9. Anonymous says:

    Awesome – soo sleek and clever! Seems like these folks would be great additions to the Dallas Makerspace :)


  10. DJinny says:

    I was gonna say gorgeous, but Stunning is even better! I really think its ingenious! and well designed!

  11. tina_6500 says:

    This looks just awsome! *Very* nice.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Nice work!

    The bulbs are CFL’s or? Otherwise it’s a nice heater also. ;-)

    Greetings from Germany!

  13. Anonymous says:

    A *TRUE* hack – gorgeous!

  14. karingbear says:

    This is GREAT!!! Thanks

  15. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful!!! Nice hacking!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Quite awesome~ nice photos too

  17. A beautiful clean-lined look for a perfect price!

  18. Cara says:

    Gorgeous! Unique and creative, yet surprisingly simple! Thank you so much for sharing this idea!

  19. Anonymous says:

    This is stunning. Thanks for sharing.

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