Published on May 21st, 2014 | by Kristen Swain0
Update Your Lamps with Cording
Back several years ago (ahem, like more than 10-ish) I bought these lamps, open metal work, polished silver, that I thought would be cool. Neato. Yeah. About 6 months after buying them, I hated them. That turned into loathing, which turned into putting them in storage – only to be brought out because I needed lamps, but I tell you, they got the squinty eye from me every time I walked into the room they were in.
Now, we’re adding more space to lounge in around the house, after I condensed my office. So, we’re in need of a few extra lamps. And, you know me – too cheap to buy new ones when I have these ‘acceptable’ lamps already. I figured I could add something to them to make them better. I mean, there had to be something I could do to make them less ugly, right? I actually ended up really liking this lamp. I found some paper cording that had been given to my hubby from a neighbor, and it was kind of interesting. Only thing was… would I have enough to finish the lamp?
You really only need hot glue and a wrap. I could have used twine, jute, rope, any kind of round string. I liked this paper twist, and began wrapping it just under the flat part of the lamp.
I have to say this was really easy, because it was already rounded from being wrapped, it wrapped around the lamp almost by itself. I added dots of hot glue on the wire pieces to keep it in place.
Unfortunately, my paper twist ran out right about mid point on my lamp. But you know, sometimes that happens. I rolled the dice and it didn’t make it. So, I improvised. I had a big brand-new roll of thick jute. At least it didn’t just sit there unused with no plans for a couple months. So, I made sure my paper twist and jute ended and began at the back of the lamp.
And I began wrapping the jute around the lamp, and when I got to the cord, which was loose in the lamp, I got it as far down on the lamp as I could, then wrapped the jute above and below it to keep it in place.
And it was finished. I added a new drum shade and actually love the look, it’s almost nautical, but very natural and neutral color wise. Perfect for my to be updated space! You too can update your lamps with cording!