7.28.2010

HACKING MY IKEA LIGHT FIXTURE

Hi everyone! Thank You so much for your comments on my sons room yesterday!
A few of you wanted to know the steps I took to cover the light fixture used in the room


I started with the MELODI pendant light from IKEA:



Originally, I planned to use mod podge to cover it with some vintage maps that I have



But, I really didn't want to do that to my maps! So while at Wal-Mart, I was walking down the craft isle, and I saw a roll of twine. And a light bulb went off! I instantly thought of the rope on boats and the old boats I saw when we were on vacation. Suddenly, I got the idea to wrap the light fixture with the twine!

I used twine



and hot glue and glue gun



I suggest you use a low temperature glue gun, but I don't have one so of course I burned all of my fingers!

Then all you have to do is glue the twine to the fixture





Keep going and make sure you glue the twine as close togather as you can


This is how I applied the glue as I went around the fixture. I tried to make sure it was as close as possible!


This is how it will look once your done

I like it with the light off or on! But, I really love how you see the lines of twine when the light is turned on



So, will any of you attempt this project for your own space? I'd love to hear about your plans! Oh, and what about using mod podge to cover it with some type of paper or fabric?

Have a great day!

I'm linking up to The DIY Show Off!




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30 comments:

Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

I like this, I may 'hack' this on a lamp I messed up. :)

Belly said...

Great tut! I may use it on a shade for a table lamp!

Rene said...

Very cool and perfect for that room.

-Rene

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

I am most definitely going to remember this idea and use it somewhere, someday. And reading my comment restated, can I make an amendment?! It doesn't sound as effusive as I meant it to sound..."you are getting better" doesn't convey how incredibly impressed I was seeing this room and how all the areas were so well thought out and your "theme" carried throughout the room in a creative way that doesn't look like a formula. You've added in some surprises and it all works together...fabulous job!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

What a great idea - thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Chic said...

Good thinking!! I love seeing Ikea hacks -

Allison said...

I really really like this. I am moving to a new apartment THIS WEEKEND!! and I am hoping to find places to use hanging pendants, this hack might be in my future.
I suppose it could also work on regular lampshades, right?

Stella said...

What a great idea...The room is coming along very nice..Great job !!

Joi said...

What a great DIY project! It looks wonderful!

lindsay said...

looks fantastic! i just did the same thing with a reallllly ugly lamp last week at my brother's house. i had seen it in some magazine and said BINGO! yours looks wonderful! great job.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Awesome tutorial for a great project. My diy's almost always are paint & upholstery. Need to think outside the box more!

SOUL PRETTY said...

Luv that...so clever.

Tamstyles said...

i think you did a great job. love the idea and all of it...the room really came together nicely. pat on the back for you mama. my poor daughters head board has been in her room for about 2 months now and i have not shown nothing...or even hung it..its just in there..im a bad mama unlike you.

Kirsty said...

That is such a completely fantastic idea! I really love it!

Tammy said...

That turned out really cute.

Sassy Sites! said...

It looks like it came stright out of a magazine! I love it!! Great job! Your blog is so cute with lots of fun ideas here! I'm a follower ...coming from Sassy Sites. :)

Sing said...

Great idea. The light looks great.

HeathahLee said...

That looks like something out of Wisteria or Ballard! You did a great job! I love the idea!

Kimberlee said...

Very nice, perfect for so many rooms! Visiting from Everything Etsy.
~Kimberlee
www.thespunkydiva.blogspot.com

Katy said...

Love it!! I've done the jute on flower pots but never thought about a pendant light!! Great idea!

The room has really come together - can't wait to see that punch of orange coming in!

Nice work!!

charm home said...

This is such a cute idea. You did a great job. I think it is perfect for the Big Boy's room. The room turned out so precious too.

My model home "copycat" room in Houston is coming along nicely. I just selected the bedding for the house and I'm really excited to get everything installed. I've got about another month to wait for that though.

Have a great weekend! xo, C-

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

i love what you did to the light, and i love the glow cast with the twine and lightbulb--fab job, lakeitha!

Kristi said...

Wow.. that looks great! Now, I'm looking around the house for lights I can do this to!

Centsational Girl said...

Fab idea, I posted on FB!
xo
Kate

Centsational Girl said...

Fab idea, I posted on FB!
xo
Kate

Centsational Girl said...

Fab idea, I posted on FB!
xo
Kate

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

You know I love this fixture! Doing a post for next week on my favorite DIY projects I've seen lately in blogland, and including this and the room it was made for. Janell

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