Published on April 8th, 2013 | by Jules IKEAHacker2
Ikea Rutbo turned Wood Veneer Pendant
Materials: Rutbo Pendant Lamp, 8 – 3mm machine screws; 8 – 3mm washer; 8 – 3mm hex nut; 24â x 96â wood veneer sheet, Polyurethane, Stain or Both; Foam Brush, Drill w/ 7/64 drill bit, Laser level, Clamps, 2×4 or similar slim board, Iron
Description: The paper coverings on some of Ikea’s lighting can look dated or worn after a while. But I saw an opportunity to turn a “Last Chance” Rutbo Pendant into a wood veneer pendant lamp to hang over our dining table. I like the warmth that wood provides to a modern home, but many of the nice looking wood veneer lighting options on the market are upwards of $350.
I bought a 24″ x 96″ sheet of pre-glued wood veneer for $46.50 with shipping . The pre-glued version allows you to use an iron to melt the glue to form a perfect cylinder.
I screwed the exterior, top and bottom rings into the veneer and also used the lighting assembly and interior ring.
I also used the top diffuser from the Rutbo, but discovered the bottom one was too big for some reason. I may add some cloth to the bottom in the future.
I just did an Instructable for all the details.
~ Pepe, USA