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Super Mario Piranha Plant Lamp from $10 IKEA Lamp

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Hello All, this is kind of a follow up to my IKEA R2D2 lamp instructable.

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-R2D2-Lamp-from-10-IKEA-lamp/

Well, my oldest boy wants to change his room from Star Wars to Super Mario for a theme.  Which is good because the younger one wants a Star Wars room, which means the R2 lamp can live on, but he has really come to love his lamp for reading books in bed.  Soooooo we came up with a cool replacement.

 
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Step 1: My Favorite Lamp

The Tertial Lamp from IKEA is great because it looks good, it's very functional, the base is versatile and it's CHEAP!!  $9.99

So first things first, you gotta upack it and plan your attack.  I'll have to let you know I'm king of cutting corners.  With 3 small boys, I shoot for making it look good first and cross my fingers with the lasting part cause these kids can destroy some stuff.

In looking at the lamp I opted to paint the arm green and the shade red.  I decided I would use regular craft paint and a brush to put on the white dots and lips.  I did not do a clear coat, but my guess is that would make it last longer.  I didn't wanna bother to do a test shoot to see if my craft paint could hold up to the clear...I had a very excited 7 year old waiting on this!

Step 2:

I just went about about taping off what I didn't want paint on.  the little silver bits and the screws came apart real easy.  Around the lamp I just taped off everything real good and went to town with spray paint.   I'm no master at spray painting so I just went for it.

I ended up using the cheap spray stuff from Lowes, nothing fancy.  With the way the joints work on the lamp, I am expecting a lot it to chip off, so I'm not too concerned with getting it mirror smooth. 
amandamany1 year ago
I made this one with an old lamp and a pipe that I found. ^_^
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Sovereignty2 years ago
It's awesome. These brilliantly simple projects always make me wonder why the heck I didn't think of it.
That's exactly what I was just thinking :)
CaseBoy2 years ago
you should add some leaves to it, but looks good
nylanan (author)  CaseBoy2 years ago
Good Idea! We also toyed with making the bases of the lamp a green pipe....still planning out the room decor.
That is awesome! So simple yet it sticks out and you know what it is (if you are interested in Mario that is, and really, who isn't?)!