Finding lamps for our home has found me hitting two brick walls. First, the ones I’m finding and loving just aren’t available here. And two, even if they were, most are coming in at a cool $200 each.
Nothing a little creativity can’t fix!
- 2 glass lamp bases ( ikea $15 each)
- jute twine from Spotlight (a discount promo took 50% off. Bonus!)
- blue glass paint and glass paint thinner
Start by pouring some of the blue glass paint and glass paint thinner into a small plastic container, and stir until completely mixed together. Take a wide brush, generously wet the brsuh with paint, and cover the glass. Now, glass paint is supposed to be heated to set, however, since the electrical wires were in the lamp, this wasn’t going to happen. Since I have no intention of having these lamps near water I just let sit to dry and continued.
How to make the fishnet
You’ll need to cut one piece that wraps around the neck of the lamp. When you start, cut the piece twice the length to give yourself room to loosely tie it while you work.
Measure a piece of rope that runs the height of the lamp base three times. Cut it, then fold the length in half. Loop it around the rope around the lamp’s neck (girth hitch).
It took seven cuts of rope to fit around this particular Ikea lamp. Loop all the rope in place first, then space out evenly.
Once all the pieces are knotted on, superglue the rope around the neck of the lamp so it’s tight. Cut off any loose piece from the lamp neck rope.
Take two pieces of rope, one being a right hand rope from one piece, and one being the left hand rope from another. Loop them together (see photos below).
Continue with each piece of rope, working in layers down, to keep the layers balanced and even.