IKEA Hack: Jonathan Adler Inspired Flush Mount
I know what you're thinking - another Ikea hack with the same flush mount as before?!? I know, I know - but this one is so good I had to share. I created this DIY flush mount as a temporary light for clients until they found something else, just because it isn't 100% perfect for their space, but it is still a great option (especially if you are on a budget or need multiple matching flush mount fixtures).
I got the inspiration for this light from the popular Jonathan Adler Axis Semi Flush Mount Lamp (seen below) which I love but retails for $350 USD and perhaps isn't practical for everyone especially if you have a long list of items you need to purchase for your home.
Honestly, I love a good DIY project but only when done here and there throughout a space so that you don't end up having a room that resembles your Pinterest board! I also prefer to purchase "the real thing" and not create knock-offs, but I think this simple IKEA hack came out so well that I had to share it. You could also create a similar look with different colour ribbon to better match your decor. The light itself cost $7.99 and the ribbon was $3 - $4, making this project under $15!
I don't have a detailed tutorial, but it really was quite simple. Here are the steps:
1. Purchase the Ikea LYSBOJ ceiling lamp (seen here).
2. Purchase a thin ribbon from a craft store such as Michaels (where I got mine) in the colour of your choice. Tip: it is easier to work with a ribbon that does NOT have a pattern in it and is not very wide.
3. Lay the pieces for the LYSBOJ ceiling lamp on a flat surface and start gluing the ribbon using a glue gun. Do not use one long piece of ribbon - cut the ribbon to fit each "curve" of the light (if that makes sense) as seen below. Where the ribbon curves downward on the right side is where I cut it. The edges fold inwards at the top, so you will not see the if the ribbon is too long or too short once the light is assembled. For the bottom, make sure the edges line up properly, if they don't - just adjust with scissors because you will see the edges on the bottom of the light. The only hard part is measuring where exactly to glue the ribbon on each side of the light. I traced a line a few mm up from the bottom with a pencil and glued along the line. This is the step that takes the longest, but by measuring the width of your ribbon you can determine where to draw the line on EACH side of the light to ensure the same amount of ribbon is showing on each side once you fold the ribbon over and glue it to the back. Repeat these steps for each "curve" of the lamp on both the top and bottom.
4. Assemble the light as per the instructions. Everything should come together and the edges should be hidden within the light at the top. Adjust the bottom edges with scissors if needed.
5. Add a small metallic accent in the centre on the bottom of the light (like a simple bolt from the hardware store). I filled mine with dry wall putty, let it dry, sanded it, and painted it with metallic spray paint.
6. Install and enjoy!
Here is the final look for the flush mount fixture I created:
This IKEA hack was SO simple and I am happy with how it turned out! Again, the only part that took some time (I made a few mistakes) was marking exactly where to place the ribbon. The good part about this cheap plastic material is that you can remove the ribbon and scrap the glue off if you do make a mistake (I did that three or four times on one part and you can't even tell).