Sunday, March 4, 2012

Ikea Lamp.

Oddly enough, our living room doesn't have any overhead lighting.  Of course part of me is tempted to pull one of my chandeliers out of storage, but the part of me with common sense knows that we should just make do with some well placed lamps. 

Our mantra for things we buy for the apartment is functional and inexpensive since it's only temporary, which means Ikea is usually the best bet.  We came across the Januari floor lamp for a whopping $16.99.  I believe it also comes in black and an ugly greeny-brass color. 


I wasn't digging any of the colors, but I knew it wasn't anything a little spray paint couldn't fix.  So we picked up the white one along with some spray paint.  For reference, I ended up using the one on right, which was called "Brass."  Thankfully, unlike the Ikea brass, it didn't have gross green undertones.  The gold was pretty, but just too bright and gold (go figure). 


After some quick spray painting at my mom's house (since we don't have a great place to paint here at the apartment), the lamp looks 20 times better.  The shade is also from Ikea.



Easy peasy! The brass is much better than the white would have been.  And depending on where it goes in the new house, I know it can be easily spray painted again.  I'll be back with some more great finds from Ikea that seem to have been made for our apartment!

Hope y'all had a great weekend.  We had absolutely beautiful weather here -- I almost felt like we were in San Diego.  We looked at a couple of houses, but nothing we fell in love with.  The hunt continues!        

21 comments:

  1. wow - what a little can of spray paint will do! The lamp looks great - perfect for your current situation and maybe even after. Continued luck w/ the house hunt...

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  2. Love how you transformed the lamp. Gotta love IKEA!

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  3. Oh I need to add that to my next ikea shopping trip list (which sadly wont be until the end of April when I'm near one again)

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  4. Oh I need to add that to my next ikea shopping trip list (which sadly wont be until the end of April when I'm near one again)

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  5. It looks so chic! I can't believe it is from IKEA! I love how skinny it is...

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  6. Wow! Fantastic! I should totally try that with my living room lamps!

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  7. Ahh I love refurbishing IKEA furniture so it doesn't look too IKEA-y... if that is a word. But I think you know what I mean!

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  8. I have been looking for some fantastic brass lamps...what a simple and FABULOUS solution! Another great Ikea hack, you are the master!

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  9. Spray paint is the best! Love the way it looks in the room--the perfect touch

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  10. It looks SO high end! I was just at Ikea over the weekend, actually. I wish I'd seen your post before I left. I probably would have picked one up for myself and copied your project :)

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  11. love this. It turned out so cute. I am sure you guys will find the perfect house soon! Hopefully some more things will start to come on the market over the next few weeks!

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  12. Yay Ikea. great solution to make it so much more stylish. I am a lover of that gold spray paint! Fingers crossed on the house hunt!

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  13. I have been crushing on brass and wanted a lamp for my living room, but didn't want to fork over much dough. I think I'll be hitting up IKEA! Great find!

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  14. that is a lovely solution! It looks fabulous.

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  15. Wow, you made that lamp look instantly high-end...all with a little spray paint! Awesome!

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  16. Wow! Who knew what a little spray paint could do. I was eying a lamp from Ikea over the weekend, but hated the color - I think i`ll get it now and just spray paint it! xo

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  17. Glad to hear that you found some homes you love! Keep us updated :) The lamp looks great. No ceiling lights really baffle me after taking my lighting design course this quarter...silly builders!! Makes NO sense!

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  18. Such a genius idea!! It looks fabulous! And love your cocoa and hearts painting I spy!

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