Rope Lampshade

by Ashley Weeks Cart

Our new home has exactly one overhead light. Period. End of sentence.

As in, my eyes have now adapted to that of a great nocturnal beast and our computer, while handy for surfing ye ol’ Internets, procrastinating on Facebook, and photo editing, is best used as a night light.

To help improve these dark times, James and I hit a local second hand furniture store and purchased two hideous $10 floor lamps.

To revive these rather dreary additions to our household, I promptly removed the plastic from one of the offending shades, and wrapped some repurposed rope I’d impulsively purchased for $5 on The rope was far too interesting to resist. And at that price! I knew the occasion to DIY would eventual present itself.

Thank you home with no lighting and ugly furniture finds!

It was honestly that simple, as captured by some appropriately dull iPhone snaps.

The rope twisted and was rather bulky and unwieldy, so it took some time to wrangle, but otherwise, I just wrapped, knotted, snipped and BOMB! A multicolored explosion for our study.

Now the computer can be used for such important activities like blogging about lamp shades and the lamp can take care of the lighting.

Now I need to decide how to revive the second hideous lamp shade… until then, it looms gloomily in my bedroom. I’m hoping that its daily presence will provide inspiration and motivation for DIY action. Results forthcoming…

Photos: Courtesy of Ashley Weeks Cart