West Elm Inspired Industrial Floor Lamp (an IKEA hack!)

I've had the AROD IKEA floor lamp for quite a few years, and while it does its job, the plain grey finish just didn't fit the modern-rustic style of my latest living room refresh - check out the full room here.  What I really longed for was the West Elm Industrial Task Floor lamp -  it has such a modern yet timeless appeal. Alas, I couldn't justify spending money on a new lamp when my IKEA one worked perfectly well. So instead of buying new and contributing to wasteful consumerism, I used what I already had and turned it into a West-Elm lookalike with spray paint and sisal rope. 

This project was really simple and inexpensive - I needed only a can of matte black spray paint, a roll of small-size sisal rope and a glue gun. Total cost was just under $15 and it took me under an hour to complete (not counting the hour watching Suits while the paint dried). 

Here's the result:

modern rustic living room with west-elm inspired DIY floor lamp

Here's what I did:

  • I spray painted the whole lamp a matte black using Rustoleum paint, making sure to tape off inside the light head itself.
  • Once the paint was dry, I used sisal rope from the dollar store and tightly wrapped it around the neck of the lamp from top-middle, made a cut, and then again from middle-bottom. I used a hot glue gun to secure the rope with glue just at the ends to secure it. 
  • I sat back and marveled at my genius. ;)
simple natural living room with DIY IKEA hack floor lamp

It looks fantastic in my living room and much cheaper than spending money on a new one from West Elm. The lesson here: before ordering something new that catches your eye, take a look around at what you already have and hack it to give you the look you're after. It's easier than you think! 

Want more budget IKEA hacks? 

Kelly Anderson

Refreshed Designs

A re-designer focused on natural, sustainable and holistic design.