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).
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.
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!