Turn the IKEA Owl Lamp into a unique stone sculpture

ikea owl lamp before

We hacked the IKEA Owl in order to turn the ordinary SOLBO lamp into something special. It looks awesome as a gift or a home decor piece.

Now when we turn the lamps on, they look beautiful with a unique translucent stone texture.

IKEA items used:

SOLBO table lamp

IKEA SOLBO owl lamp
Other materials and tools:

Masking tape
Box cutter
Paint brush
Electric spray gun (Diameter of nozzle: 2.5 mm)
Sandpaper (No.320)
Primer Color (Addstone Brand)
Addstone color AN615
Addstone White China Big Spot Granite Stone

How to turn the IKEA Owl Lamp into stone:

1 . As the surface of the lamp is glossy, the surface must first be sanded with sandpaper (grit 320) for the paint to adhere. (But don’t sand too hard.)

2. Stick masking tape on to the areas that will not be sprayed. This is to clearly show the owl’s beak and eyes. 

mask the face

3. Use a cutter to gently cut along the contour of the face.  

cut off excess

4. Use a brush to paint the primer around the owl’s body. Once done, let it dry for about 1-2 hours. (Lightly touch the surface to make sure the primer is thoroughly dry). 

brush on primer
Start spraying

5. Use an electric spray gun with a nozzle size of 2.5 mm or more. (It is not recommended to use a nozzle lower than 2.5 mm. Because the stone coating will not come out of the spray nozzle, so there will be no texture even after spraying.) 

spray the IKEA Owl Lamp

We chose a granite-like colour from Addstone, a high-tech, water based, decoration coating. The coating provides the natural texture of granite stone, letting us pile on layers from smooth to rough.

(You can also use other types of textured coating like these.

6. For the first layer, we sprayed the entire body, making sure it was not too thick. When the first coat was done, we left it for about 1-2 hours to dry. (Try to touch the surface to make sure the first layer of color is already dry). 

stone texture

7. Then, we started to spray the second layer, keeping the details of each point smooth. We did not spray the stone coating on too thickly, as we still wanted the light to shine through when we turn the lamp on. If the coat goes on too thick, it may no longer be translucent. 

second layer

8. Leave it for about 1-2 hours. Let the surface dry completely. 

IKEA Owl Lamp in granite

9. All dry. Don’t forget to remove the adhesive tape around the face that was attached before. 

IKEA Owl Lamp in granite

10. Remove the tape gently. 

remove masking tape

And it’s done!

IKEA Owl Lamp in granite

You can put this owl lamp into the bedroom, living room or workroom.

IKEA Owl Lamp in granite
Why did you decide to hack the item?

To make use of free time and add value to the product.

How long and how much did it cost?

It takes only 1 day to make it and the price for the color is 2,800 baht.

What do you like most about the hack?

Sharing new ideas.

What was the hardest part about this hack?

Using an electric spray gun and taking precautions.

What to pay special attention to?

Ensuring the details in the final step of painting.

~ by Addstone