The Easiest Ikea Hack Ever

 Posted by on November 1, 2013
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I’ve had this old Ikea lamp forever…or at least since college. It was one of the first things we brought into the house, since the light fixture in the living room wasn’t working and cleaning this place before we moved in was a day-and-night kind of job. And that’s where it’s lived ever since:

Ikea Stick Lamp

Until now, that is.

I wasn’t crazy about the lampshade, so I spray painted it in Krylon’s Balhaus Gold, which worked surprisingly well.

I was considering trying a more in-depth hack (like this one) that involved adding some driftwood or wooden beads or SOMETHING to the stick part of the lamp, but then I realized how difficult that would be since the socket part of this particular model seems to be glued into place – I’d have to carefully dismantle then reassemble the internal wiring, which I’m not really trying to do because – well, fire.

So for now this little guy is living happily like this on our living room console table, alongside some newly thrifted prints, which I hung on the now light-blue board and batten:

Coral Art against Seafoam Green Wall

I’m totally loving the coral/orange against the seafoam blue-green. And how badass/slightly creepy are those wooden figurines? They were Chris’ late grandfather’s, from a trip to Haiti decades ago. Sure, they’re a little kooky looking – so obviously I love them – but I love that they’re sentimental, too.

Maybe the lamp won’t stay for long, but the prints are 100% spot on, if you ask me, and the whole ensemble next to the new stairway gallery wall are starting to make this room actually feel lived-in:

Blue Wall with Coral Accents

That is, if we ever get around to replacing those generic new-frame photos with our own photos! One step at a time here, people! One step at a time…

  • Sheridan Severt

    I am obsessed with your adorable house! I pinned this for you – I do it at my house and it makes a big difference 😉

    • Chris and Katie

      You’re the best! Now I need to order the biggest box of command hooks they sell!!!!