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 I was going for in my latest living room project – 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. But instead of buying new (and contributing to wasteful consumerism) I got out my spray paint and hot glue gun and got to work. 

West Elm inspired industrial floor lamp DIY

I simply spray painted the whole lamp a matte black using Rustoleum paint, making sure to tape off inside the light head itself. After that was dry, I used a hot glue gun to wrap sisal rope from the hardware store around the neck of the lamp from top to bottom. I used the glue just at the top, a little in the middle around the hardware, and again at the bottom. It was that simple, and looks beautiful in the room. 

West Elm Inspired Industrial Floor lamp - IKEA hack

DIY West Elm Inspired Industrial Floor lamp

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! 

DIY West Elm Inspired Industrial Floor Lamp IKEA hack