How to Replace Your Ikea Magnarp Lampshade

March 06, 2015

How to Replace Your Ikea Magnarp Lampshade

 

 

IKEA's Magnarp table lamp is a staple in many college dorm rooms and first apartments for good reason - it's just $12.99. But its popularity has a downside - many guests who visit your home will instantly recognize it for what it is: an inexpensive, stand-in table lamp. No longer! Here is a tutorial which shows you how to completely change the look of your Magnarp by replacing the rice paper lampshade and spray-painting it to suit your color scheme.

 

YOU'LL NEED

 

  • IKEA Magnarp table lamp ($12.99 at IKEA)

  • Styrene (You can buy it here..)

  • Small quantity of cotton fabric

  • Spray paint

  • Embellishments, as desired (we used gold studs)


HOW TO DO IT

 

Cut away the rice paper shade from the Magnarp, leaving the square rings exposed.

 

 

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Iron your fabric well. Peel back the backing of the adhesive (pressure-sensitive) styrene sheet to expose the sticky backing. Press the styrene onto the wrong side of the fabric, using a smoothing motion.

 

 

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Trim the fabric, leaving 1/2" exposed on all sides except for one of the short sides, which should be trimmed flush with the styrene sheet.

 

 

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Using the glue included in the kit, secure the overhanging fabric on the other short side to the styrene. This will create a nice smooth 'seam' on the finished shade.

 

 

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Using the binder clips, form the styrene & fabric into a cylinder and secure the top and bottom rings inside using the binder clips.

 

 

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To secure the rings to the shade, we'll create a neat, rolled-edge finish. Working in sections, paint on some glue to a portion of fabric using an old paintbrush. Fold the fabric over the ring, then use the molding stick to push the fabric up & under the ring.

 

 

How to Replace Your Ikea Magnarp Lampshade - Read about DIY lampshade kits and projects at http://ilikethatlamp.com

 

 

How to Replace Your Ikea Magnarp Lampshade - Read about DIY lampshade kits and projects at http://ilikethatlamp.com

 

 

Embellishments can be attached before or after forming the finished lampshade. I used small metallic studs with my black lampshade for a glam look!

 

Use your choice of spray paint to paint your lamp base. Cover the cord and socket with painter's tape to avoid over-spray. For longevity, you may choose to first prime the lamp with a layer of metal spray paint primer. Allow to dry before attaching the finished shade.

 

 

How to Replace Your Ikea Magnarp Lampshade - Read about DIY lampshade kits and projects at http://ilikethatlamp.com

 

 

The finished lamp - who would recognize its common origins?

 

 

Replacing your Ikea Magnarp's How to Replace Your Ikea Magnarp Lampshade - Read about DIY lampshade kits and projects at http://ilikethatlamp.com is really easy - and gives you the flexibility to use any fabric you want!