Published on December 15th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


A lamp made of …. EXPEDIT

Materials: Expedit

Description: The pictures are of our house, where we were searching for a long time to find a celling lamp to fit the style and size of the main living room.

Finally we used the EXPEDIT shelf!

I put some wires and bulb sockets inside, and then screwed the shelf directly to the ceiling (Oufff! Not easy, you need 2-3 people for that).

Then using small shelf supports left over from another furniture, I installed milk coloured plastics to hide electric installation and make the light softer.

Finally my wife painted it to a grey colour (was white) to fit the room colours.


~ Joanna and Pawel

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Jules Yap

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8 Responses to A lamp made of …. EXPEDIT

  1. Schierke says:

    Very good idea. Thanks and greetings from germany!

  2. Anonymous says:

    For smaller places, there’s the new FÖRHÖJA which is just one cubic box. Would have the same contemporary feel.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi it;s Joanna & Pawel – the authors – simply I cannot find another way to answer ant thank for nice comments.
    1. no, no sanding was done, we used OPTIVA paint from TIKKURILA
    2. well, the lamp is realy solid, so with small living room maybe you may play a bit with colours
    and finally – yes I will try to make interior photos next days
    regards to all

  4. Astrid says:

    Awesome! Can you make pictures of the lamp inside?

  5. Trudie says:

    What a awesome hack! Brilliant idea, it looks really fashionable. The design of the lamp is great.

  6. eva says:

    what if the living room is not that big do you think the lamp will suited? i love the design of the lamp.

  7. Anonymous says:

    That. Is. Awesome. I can’t wait to show my wife this! We’ll hafta wait til we’re in a house with higher ceilings, but that’s already in the works.

    Elizabeth B – from everything I’ve seen/read on this site, Ikea laminate DOES take paint just fine, as long as it’s the right paint (I think it’s Krylon that makes the grade, if I recall correctly…).

    Many thanks,
    Seattle, WA

  8. ElizabethB says:

    Does paint stick to this finish well? Does it need to be sanded?


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