Published on April 28th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Tying in Lersta

Materials: Ikea-Lersta Reading/floor lamp, lamp shade, spray paint, Rayon Crepe Cord

Description: We moved a year ago into our new house. This was the perfect opportunity to create a new style for our living room.

Coming form Germany and moving to the UK, I wanted to have a Mixture of British and German elements.

I opted for red wall paint,red velvet curtains, red footstools… get the picture.

After all the redecorating, my old floor-lamp in my reading-corner did not fit in any more.

Lamp, before

Being a stingy German, I did not wanted to throw the lamp away and buy a new one.

So I decided to make it fit:
I bought a red lamp shade, a 200ml can of black spray paint and 4 metres of 4mm thick golden Rayon Crepe Cord.

First I removed the Aluminium Shade.

Then I bent the flexible part of the lamp into the desired form and fixed it with some yarn.

I masked off the thread and the cord and sprayed the whole base black.

As soon as the paint completely dried, I removed the masking tape.
Then I covered the yarn with the golden Rayon Crepe Cord. I left the ends of the cord long and added a second part of cord, so I had four long cord ends hanging down.

I cut each end a different length and made a knot in each aprox 7 cm from the end. Than I frayed the ends to gain some kind of tassels.

Finally I fixed the new lamp-shade onto the base, and…..TADA: the clinical looking old Lersta is now perfectly tied (pun intended) into our new living room decor.

~ Gregor Dobschutz, London, UK

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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".

3 Responses to Tying in Lersta

  1. Anonymous says:

    Looks great, I’d never notice that it was hacked! I might try something like that for my desk lamp. I love red in the living room, too. Do you have a little dog? Those toys look similar to the ones my chihuahua plays with or I should say tears them apart without a pity with his tiny but sharp teeth:)

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you for the compliments!!!!
      Yes indeed, red is a lovely colour. I love it!
      In fact, I have a little Yorkshire Terrier… and she is more of a stealthy killer: she slowly chews out the eyes and nose of each and every toy. When they are senseless, she then devours on their sweet filling… :)

  2. Sandy says:

    Wow! This is really clever. Totally changed the style. :D Ahhh… I love seeing clever things. Nice one.

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