29 October 13, 2008

Updating an IKEA Lamp

This is a super simple IKEA hack that took about 10 minutes this morning.

I wanted a light in the alcove in the nursery, but I was concerned about little fingers meddling and getting burned by a hot bulb. IKEA sells the TASSA NATT lamp for $5, and the main draw is that it’s tamper-proof and it doesn’t get hot. Great, except for the little frog/bugs on it.

Simple IKEA Hack

The cover comes off very easily though.

Simple IKEA Hack

I just traced it onto prettier paper and recovered the lamp.

Simple IKEA Hack

The new cover may not last as long (the original was vinyl), but it’s easy enough to switch out every so often.

Finished IKEA Light

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29 Comments

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    Redmaiko
    October 13, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Beautiful! Much better than the weird frogs!

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    darah
    October 13, 2008 at 10:21 am

    We have a version (not the frog one!) of this lamp in our daughter’s room and it’s her favorite to turn on and off. That said, it once got left on for 24 hours. It wasn’t even warm when I found it and turned it off. Good job Ikea, but you made it so much better by getting rid of the frogs!

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    Katie
    October 13, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Great Idea – it looks so much better!

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    Michelle
    October 13, 2008 at 10:49 am

    How did you attach the new paper to the lamp?

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    Making it Lovely
    October 13, 2008 at 10:54 am

    It just folds over the edges.

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    Pamela
    October 13, 2008 at 10:57 am

    The revised version is so beautiful!
    What type of paper did you use? Wallpaper?
    I’m totally stealing this idea!

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    Mike
    October 13, 2008 at 11:19 am

    I love it! Looks far better than the original :)

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    Amy
    October 13, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Great idea – much better!

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    LollyChops
    October 13, 2008 at 11:50 am

    This is utterly brilliant! I think this gets me to a list of stuff to get there that’s finally long enough to justify making the 40 mile trek! Thanks!

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    stacy
    October 13, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Great idea. Looks awesome.

    p.s. I am starting a gift exchange and think you might want to participate. You can find the details at my blog here

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    amy purple
    October 13, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Hey! I did my own Ikea hack this weekend too with a picture (i accidentally thought it was a frame when I bought it). Nice job!

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    Rachel
    October 13, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Great idea! I’ll be linking to this.

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    Inspired Events
    October 13, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I like this idea!! Looks Great!!

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    Miss B.
    October 13, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Love, love, love!

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    Katy
    October 13, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Hi there, i just found you blog and i love it! i am hoping to have a bub too next year so i will enjoy seeing your bub room makeover.

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    LuLu
    October 13, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Wow!! Great idea! Love it.

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    Emilie
    October 13, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Looks much better

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    Alex
    October 13, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    That was such a great idea! And you can just change it every so often when you want a little change of decor! I love your blog by the way and congrats!

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    dwellings and decor
    October 13, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    What a transformation. Looks stunning!

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    alivicwil
    October 14, 2008 at 5:15 am

    What was IKEA thinking?

    That’s great paper you’ve used… A thousand times better!

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    Caitlin @ C³
    October 14, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Very nice, way better than those bug/frog things! You should submit this to IKEA Hacker!

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    nichole
    October 14, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Brilliant! I love it.

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    315thomas
    October 14, 2008 at 9:56 am

    so pretty… i love it!

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    Cate
    October 14, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    TASSA NATT.
    Tass= Paw
    Tassa= Pad
    Natt= Night

    Tassa Natt = Pad in the Night

    Nice done!

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    Tracey
    October 14, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Its fun to make IKEA things your own. I love that store!

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    michelle
    October 15, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Pretty enough for a grown up room.

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    M
    October 25, 2008 at 9:19 am

    Please tell us where the paper is from. It is gorgeous!

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    Making it Lovely
    October 25, 2008 at 10:06 am

    The paper was from Paper Source a few years ago. It’s a semi-translucent vellum.

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    Erin
    August 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    That looks much better! I wonder if a light colored wallpaper would work for a little more durability. Although they may be too thick of a paper to let light through.

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