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Published on February 13th, 2017 | by Contributor


West Elm-Inspired IKEA AROD lamp hack

DIY West-Elm inspired industrial task floor lamp IKEA AROD hack

IKEA product: AROD floor lamp

I’ve had a trusty AROD IKEA floor lamp for quite a few years, and while it does its job, the plain grey finish just didn’t fit the modern-rustic style of my latest living room refresh. What I really longed for was the West Elm Industrial Task Floor lamp – it has such a modern yet timeless appeal. Alas, I couldn’t justify spending money on a new lamp when my IKEA one worked perfectly well. So instead of buying new and contributing to wasteful consumerism, I used what I already had and turned it into a West-Elm lookalike with spray paint and sisal rope.

This project was really simple and inexpensive – I needed only a can of matte black spray paint, a roll of small-size sisal rope and a glue gun. Total cost was just under $15 and it took me under an hour to complete (not counting the hour watching Suits while the paint dried).

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First, I spray painted the whole lamp a matte black using Rustoleum paint, making sure to tape off inside the light head itself. Once the paint was dry, I used sisal rope from the dollar store and tightly wrapped it around the neck of the lamp from top-middle, made a cut, and then again from middle-bottom. I used a hot glue gun to secure the rope with glue just at the ends to secure it.

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It looks fantastic in my living room and much cheaper than spending money on a new one from West Elm. The lesson here: before ordering something new that catches your eye, take a look around at what you already have – especially functional IKEA items – and hack it to give you the look you’re after. It’s easier than you think!

~ by Kelly Anderson, Refreshed Designs


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2 Responses to West Elm-Inspired IKEA AROD lamp hack

  1. Bram says:

    Very nice hack! :-) I also love those cushions with the dots! Do you still know where you got those?

  2. Joe says:

    If you want a more authentic counterfeit, Rustoleum (and others) make pretty good metallic finish paints these days. I’ve used both chrome and pewter and been very happy. Just prep the stand well (sand and prime) and use multiple very light coats to avoid streaking and build the paint. You may want to sand and do a second coat of metallic. Just use a very fine grit.

    Here’s a real tip: to knock down a smooth/shiny coat of paint use a can of “Scrubbing Bubbles” bathroom cleaner. It’s got an ultrafine abrasive that cleans off grease and preps the surface.

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