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IKEA MAGNARP lamp gets a glam makeover

IKEA MAGNARP lamp shade makeover

The MAGNARP lamp has to be one of IKEA’s best bargains. For $12, you get a decent quality, compact table lamp which includes both the base as well as a simple paper shade. The trouble is, because of its ubiquity, its instantly recognizable as an IKEA piece.

Here’s a way you can customize your MAGNARP to suit your own style.

IKEA items used:

  • MAGNARP table lamp

Other items used:

  • Spray paint
  • Adhesive styrene
  • Fabric
  • Embellishments (for shade – optional)

Steps:

Cut away the ricepaper shade from the Magnarp, leaving the square rings exposed.

IKEA MAGNARP lamp

Iron your fabric well. Peel back the backing of the adhesive (pressure-sensitive) styrene sheet to expose the sticky backing. Press the styrene onto the wrong side of the fabric, using a smoothing motion.

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Trim the fabric, leaving 1/2″ exposed on all sides except for one of the short sides, which should be trimmed flush with the styrene sheet.

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Using the glue included in the kit, secure the overhanging fabric on the other short side to the styrene. This will create a nice smooth ‘seam’ on the finished shade.

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Using the binder clips, form the styrene & fabric into a cylinder and secure the top and bottom rings inside using the binder clips.

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To secure the rings to the shade, we’ll create a neat, rolled-edge finish. Working in sections, paint on some glue to a portion of fabric using an old paintbrush. Fold the fabric over the ring, then use the molding stick to push the fabric up & under the ring.

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Embellishments can be attached before or after forming the finished lampshade. I used small metallic studs with my black lampshade for a glam look!

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Use your choice of spray paint to paint your lamp base. Cover the cord and socket with painter’s tape to avoid over-spray. For longevity, you may choose to first prime the lamp with a layer of metal spray paint primer. Allow to dry before attaching the finished shade.

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The finished lamp!

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