Nautical Rope Lamp


I purchased this lamp at Target a couple of years ago.  It’s a typical lamp that you can get for a dime a dozen, and that is exactly what I don’t like about it.  I like to have unique pieces in my home, and this lamp is completely ordinary.  I wanted to do something to spice up the lamp that wouldn’t cost a fortune.  I was recently inspired by this lamp as I was in Pottery Barn and I thought that I could turn my boring run of the mill lamp into something decorative and purposeful.  I thought 30 feet of 5/8 inch thick rope would be enough for this project, but that only got me halfway there- I had to go back to Lowes and get another 30 feet!  I used hot glue to glue the rope to itself as I coiled it around the base and then up the pole of the lamp.

I started this project months ago.  I would glue a little here, glue a little there as I watched a movie or episodes of Scrubs on Netflix.  If you were really determined, you could probably get an entire lamp finished over a weekend.

As I got close to the top of the lamp, there was a decorative opening.  A friend of mine suggested that I write a note and slip it in there before I closed it off with the rope.  Here is what I wrote in it.

One thing about this lamp that caused a bit of a delay in me completing it was that I hated how it looked with the previous glass shade. In order to replace it I needed this type of adapter and a lamp harp to make it work with a normal lamp shade. As I got closer to the very top of the lamp, I tapered the rope off by detaching and cutting one of the three cords that make up the rope, leaving two behind, and when I was about 2-3 inches from the end I cut off another cord of the rope leaving only one.  This prevented the rope from having an abrupt end.


Since I was inspired to make this lamp from the one I saw at Pottery Barn, I thought it was only fair to get my lamp shade from there- that and it was the one that looked the best on my lamp!

Love it or hate it?  I’m still deciding, to be honest.  What do you think?


There are 9 comments for this article
  1. Abi at 7:06 am

    Looks really neat, Mags! and that was a lot of work. I really like it!

  2. Laura at 9:37 am

    Wow, Maggie! What a great idea. I also like unique furniture/pieces. I’m sure you can help me create a unique floor lamp since I can’t find my matching floor lamp I told you about yesterday.

    Can’t wait for you to take over my apartment with character!

  3. Hannah at 7:45 pm

    Ohhh I LOVEEEE the new lamp shade! It makes the lamp look way more put together.

  4. Ellyne at 10:13 pm

    Wow! What a change! Looks great. (Don’t get a cat.) Love ya

    • Story.Style.Vision Author at 8:16 am

      Haha, that lamp would be in shreds if we had a cat!

  5. iloveapplepie at 8:37 pm

    I agree- the lampshade works really well and the “new” lamp looks nothing like it used to. Another really good idea, Mags!

  6. Precious K at 12:23 am

    When are you going to quit your day job & go on HGTV design star? 😉

    Adore the “new” lamp the shade for it…matches the rustic tone the rope gives it bc it modernizes the top & the rustic/modern Is so in right now.Just my take!