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Designer Coastal Lamps

DIY Coastal Lamps

Coastal lamps that will knock your socks off. You never know where your inspiration will come from.

A few months ago I was in a designer’s showroom and saw a lamp made from sea shells, though I thought it was really pretty it wasn’t on my list of things to make at the time.

Then a couple of weeks later my four-year-old granddaughter came to visit me. Although I live only 10 minutes from the ocean I decided to rented a hotel room on the beach so I could spend some quality time with her. So what does a four-year-old want to do? That’s right, collect sea shells to take home.

Well, that might have been her plan but my daughter refused to put them in her suit case, claiming they would make her cloths smell. I decided to keep them thinking that one day I would use them on a project. Then it hit me, what about that lamp I saw in the showroom? HUMM? Once I get something in my head I have to do it.

How to make a sea shell coastal lamp!

Coastal Shell lamp

Coastal Shell lamp

I bought two of these at habitat for Humanity Restore for $7. Pretty ugly but not for long.

Before picture

Before picture

Step #1:

Spray paint each side of the shells with what ever color you want. I used this pretty blue color.

.step 1 with paint

Step #2:

Take a sanding block or piece of sand paper and lightly scuff it up to get some tooth

Sand

Sand

Step #3:

Spray paint the entire lamp with a spray primer (Let Dry)

Prime

Prime

spray primer

Step #4:

Spray the rim with a silver metallic spray paint (I used silver) (Let Dry)

Spray Silver

Spray Silver

Step #5:

Tape off around the silver area and spray paint the base with a spray  Primer  & Paint. I used a soft gray color. You can use any color you want (Let Dry)

spray base

spray base

Paint base

Paint base

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apply the shells to the lamp with a hot glue gun. Start at the bottom with the larger shells and work your way to the top with smaller shells. Notice I have the fan part of the shell facing down. It just looked better that way.

Hot Glue shells to base

Hot Glue shells to base

step 6.1

 

Step #7:

Apply rope and star fish to lamp shade with glue gun to give it that Coastal look.

Coastal lamp

Coastal lamp

Here’s the one that I saw in the showroom. They sell for $557.00 each. WHAT???

Inspiration Lamp

I paid $100 to make two lamps. As you can see mine is a little different.  I wanted to make mine more of a fun coastal décor.

If you want to save some money buy at thrift stores. I couldn’t find two matching lamp shades in Goodwill or a Thrift shop, so I bought the lamp shade new at Target for $15 each.

The star fish and rope was bought at Michaels and cost an extra $36.00. You don’t have to add the extras on if you want to keep your cost down.

The nice thing about this is you can make it any color you want, buy a different shape lamp shade and add or not add anything to it. It’s your design…or creation. Have fun and make it your own.

Hope you’re inspired and enjoyed this post. If you’re looking for more  home décor and crafty ideas follow me on my Pinterest page. Please don’t hesitate to message me on Facebook if you have any questions.

Cheryl Phan

CherylPhan signiture

 

Cheryl PhanDesigner Coastal Lamps