You may remember from this post that there was a skinny arc lamp with a burlap shade in my kids’ room. It’s an old lamp from Target that used to have a paper lantern shade on it; that shade was torn during a move and the lamp had been sitting unused in the back of a closet for years. I finally decided to pull it out and use a burlap shade from World Market on it, but the shade was way too heavy and this is what happens…
This would happen at least a dozen times a day and for no reason other than the lamp base couldn’t support the shade.
I didn’t want to replace the lamp so I decided I would glue it back together and cover it with rope to give it a bit of a facelift.
The first thing I did was Gorilla Glue all of the joints, once that was dry I wrapped it in Duct Tape. I put the shade back on and tried it out like this for a few weeks just to make sure that it was going to stay together. Much to my surprise, it did. It didn’t fall apart once in 3 weeks… success! At this point I decided I would go ahead and move onto phase II which was adding the rope.
There was some trial end error involved when it came to the supplies I used. I looked at the skinny lamp and the skinny rope and thought I could get away with binder clips to hold it together while the glue dried…it didn’t work. I think if you have a smaller lamp base and a skinnier rope it would have worked fine, but for me I had to go and buy some clamps to keep the rope from unraveling as I was wrapping it.
These $0.99 clamps from Home Depot worked perfectly. My method was pretty simple, I just spread a generous amount of Gorilla glue in a vertical line up a small portion of the lamp base and then started wrapping the rope around, once I got to the end of the glue I added some more and then wrapped some more. I only clamped the bottom of the lamp and then the top of the lamp, but I had a moment of pure stupidity and first decided to clamp the lamp while it was in the upright position.
This was the result…the weight from the clamps caused one of the joints to snap in half and I very nearly cried. I was able to fix it by just spreading apart the rope enough to get to the duct taped joint and then I cut the tape and re-glued. I let it dry for another 24 hours and it was as good as new. You can still see the rop is a little looser in that section than it is everywhere else but I can live with it.
It’s been a few weeks since I did this project and it is still holding up just fine, I think I can officially call it a success.
If I were to do this again I would use a hot glue gun rather than the Gorilla Glue. The glue holds up fine, but since hot glue dries quickly I think this would have gone a lot faster and been a lot less messy. I had glue on my hands for a week from all of the unraveling and re-wrapping I went through before I bought the clamps. For a project that cost under $20 I really can’t complain, it adds some texture and visual interest to that corner so I am very pleased with how it turned out.