Published on December 2nd, 2011 | by Jules Yap


The Shabby Chic lamp makeover

Materials: Ekås shade, Rodd table lamb base, own craft accessories

My dried birthday roses from July were my inspiration to make this old Ikea light totally shabby chic. Otherwise I probably would have thrown it away, but this modification made the life cycle of this poor (and btw very inexpensive) thing a little longer.

1)Do a little roughening to the lampstand with a sandpaper to get this mat black / silvery finish.

2)Collect different beige, golden and shabby stuff together to get inspired of the new looks. Go through your mom’s treasures – I’m sure she has kept at least some old curtain ribbons. :) A huge part of my crafts accessories are actually from my (future)-mother-in-law.

2)The damaged edges of the lampshade can be hidden with a decorative ribbon.
You can attach it easily with a glue gun.

3)Finish the look with golden bow.
If the lampshade has any wrinkles this is a good opportunity to hide them (like I did).

4)Choose the cutest dried roses and glue them to the lampstand. Make the stand look softer by adding a twisted twine around it.

5)Make your bouquet even more sparse by adding some other attractive flowers or leaves to the composition.

6) Finally, glue another twine around the lampstand bottom.

See more of the shabby chic lamp.

~ Kaisa, Helsinki, Finland

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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".

2 Responses to The Shabby Chic lamp makeover

  1. Anonymous says:

    Even though I don’t like shabby chic – I’m more of a “less is more” kind of girl – I must say that the transformation of this lampshade is remarkable! You could definately use this tip to transform any lampshade into whatever suits you. Plus, it’s eco-friendly! Well done!

  2. Anonymous says:

    This design is awesome if you’re decorating grandma’s house.

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