DIY #1 - Table Lamp Hack

If you like the natural look of raffia and are after a new lamp for your bedside table, you will love this Kmart hack I just made.

Before / After

What you need:

  • Kmart lamp - $10

  • White paint - I had some leftover from an old project but otherwise you can buy a Dulux sample pot for $5

  • Paint brush (any brush shape would do as long as it's not too big)

  • Masking tape

  • Scissors

  • Cutter

  • Raffia - $6.50 (I purchased the natural un dyed raffia from The Raffia Connection but it also exists in white and other colours if you prefer)

  • Warm white light bulb - $9 (always go for warm white - especially for a bedroom!)

  • Optional: Soldering iron & solder - I already had this at home, you can get one for $29 from Bunnings

  • Optional: Metal wire

Total cost:

As I already had a few things at home, this new table lamp only cost me $25.50


This DIY took me about 1.5 hour + drying time

Step 1.

Remove the shade and put masking tape on the parts of the lamp base you don't wan't to paint.

Step 2.

Paint the lamp base in your chosen colour. You will need to apply 2 or 3 coats. I applied 3 coats for an optimum result. Refer to paint instructions for drying time between coats. Once the final coat is dry, remove the masking tape

Step 3.

Deconstruct the lamp shade with scissors or a knife and only keep the metal structure.

Note: If you don't want to do any soldering work, skip this step and keep the lamp shade as is. You will put the raffia on top of the existing lamp shade. --> Go to step 6

Step 4.

Take the metal wire and make 2 circles of the same size as the lamp shade. Cut 3 pieces of metal of 12cm each (you can go bigger or smaller depending on the height you want). Assemble your new lamp shade structure using your soldering iron. Don't worry if it doesn't look perfect, as long as it's straight and sturdy it will look fine.  

Note: you can't solder directly on the Kmart lamp shade structure. If you're using a different lamp, it might be worth a try so you don't need to make the 2 metal circles.

Step 5. 

Put your new lamp shade structure on the original metal part that has the attach for the light bulb (see photo below). Wrap the structure with raffia - make sure you wrap the 2 parts together. 

Step 6.

Create a new lamp shade with raffia. You will have to tie quite a few raffia pieces together, make sure the knots are in the inside of the lamp shade so they are not visible.

If you preferred not to do any soldering work and skipped steps 3 to 5, simply wrap the existing lampshade with raffia.

Step 7.

Assemble you new lamp together and screw a LED warm light bulb. Always go for warm light bulbs throughout your home and leave cold light bulbs to hospitals and supermarkets ;) Choose a LED light bulb as it won't heat while in use - you don't want the raffia to go on fire!

Et voila!

I hope you've been inspired by this raffia DIY. I've been feeling pretty crafty these past couple of weeks and will have more DIY coming soon!


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