I was using an IKEA Grono table lamp as a nightlight of sorts in the nursery for when I have to get up for late-night feedings. I had it perched on the window sill next to the trundle bed we had set up, and during a particularly vigorous romp with our heeler, the lamp shattered. Whoops! Not wanting the entire thing to go to waste, we improvised. We took an IKEA Borrby lantern that runs about eight bucks and with a few simple changes, made it into a lamp! If you want to do this easy hack on your own, but don’t have a broken lamp to work with, you could pick one up at a thrift store or use the Hemma cord kit IKEA offers for about $3. Here’s how we did it:
• Cord kit
• hole-saw bit
• frosting spray
Step 1 – Drill your hole
We had a hole saw bit that we purchased for our bathroom vanity project. It just so happened to be the perfect size for the light base. I believe it’s 1 and 1/4 inches. Once you drill the hole, be sure to check the fit.
Step 2 – Notch out a space for the cord
Using tin snips, snip two lines slightly wider than the cord.
Rock the snips back and forth until the excess piece snaps off. Just like a soda tab.
Pop it off, and you’re ready to go!
Step 3 – Frost your glass
Use a piece of paper as a shield, and apply frosting spray to your glass. You can also get fancy if you like and use a colored spraypaint, or maybe a glaze to paint on. Whatever you like! Just make sure you do something to change up the clear glass, or else the light will be really harsh and you’ll see the ugly bulb and lamp parts. I’m thinking you could even mod podge on some pretty patterned vellum or sheer fabric. Get creative!
Step 4 – Paint your cord
This is an optional step, since you won’t see the cord base anyway. But we went ahead and painted it black to match the lamp. We just sprayed the base, but you could spray the entire cord to match the color you choose for the lamp/glass.
Step 5 – Assemble!
If you’re using a lamp kit, this step is simple. Just pop the base through your hole, screw on the cap, and insert your bulb. Voila! Instant lamp! If you use the cord kit from IKEA, it could be a bit more complicated as the base is rounded, not flat. Good luck with that 😉 I love our new lamp, especially since it was a free hack! It’s kind of like a phoenix rising from the ashes, just not so poetic. Hopefully this one will be a bit sturdier than the last, since it’s going to be my new nursery lamp replacement!