Several months back, I was browsing around the Ikea in Charlotte (as I was often known to do, back when I was a ‘Lower 48er’). One thing I love about Ikea is it’s affordability, and it’s selection of goods.
Most of our house is decorated in Ikea – they’ve got the cheap looking pieces, yes, but they’ve also got some items that look like they could be Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, or even Pier 1.
So when I saw the BRÅN lamp, I snapped it right up. The base was $18, the lamp shade was $10; I figured it would be a great addition to whatever room I put it in.
And so it sat. It sat in the guest room at the house in Greenville (without a bulb), and it sat in the guest room in Anchorage (without a bulb).
Once we came up with the concept for our behind the sofa table, I realized the lamp finally had a purpose! It was to provide light when the overhead light was too bright, but no light was too dark!
Yay, a mission for the lamp! Only thing was, it looked kind of boring to me.
So I decided to fill the base with something we have plenty of in our house: wine corks!
Here were my supplies:
The toughest thing about this project was removing the lid of the lamp: Ikea had it glued down. After some online googling, a solution was found!
Once it was open it was time for the fun part: filling it with corks! I know you can go out and buy corks, but we used ones we had around the house. Something I liked was our corks were mostly from our favourite vineyard in Tiger, GA: Tiger Mountain Vineyards. It’s a fun little reminder of home.
Here’s the finished project: