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Meg Allan Cole shows you how to restyle an old lamp with a little nautical flair. Paint the shade with stripes and wrap the base with boat rope in the latest beachy installment of the CRAFT Video. There’s even a full step-by-step over on Make: Projects.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • Anonymous

    Rope is flammable. Not sure how good of an idea it is to wrap it around a lamp like this.

    • http://sternlab.org Becky Stern

       The rope doesn’t come anywhere near the bulb or bulb wiring, it’s just wrapped around the ceramic base of the lamp.

      • Anonymous

        Hi, I was thinking about the cord (see about 1:53).  I don’t mean to say that this will immediately burst into flames – It just doesn’t seem like a very good idea to me.  Lamp cords have been known to over heat and melt down.

  • Mark Demers

    Nice project. Though I almost jumped out of my seat when she reached out and turned off her AC powered white noise maker while still in the tub!