August 28, 2012

Painting Ikea’s Bran Lamp

I love a good teardrop shaped lamp. They’re such a classic piece and can work with almost any style. We have one here in the office, one here in the nursery, and made plans to add one here in Zoey’s new room. The only issue we continued to run into was price, so when I spotted the BRAN lamp at Ikea for just $23, I was on board. If you remember back to the mood board for Zoey’s room, we originally wanted yellow, but this lamp was clear… and I had painted mason jars on my mind. Catching my drift?

Yup, we used the same method as previously done with the mason jars, and painted the inside a cheery yellow.

We started by removing the top from the base, which is actually glued. We used a lot of patience and an x acto knife to slowly separate the two, which didn’t work. I was completely devastated and aggravated for wasting $23 on a clear lamp. Then I turned to the google machine and voila, there it was. The solution? Using a hairdryer to heat the cap and loosen the glue. Genius. Bloggers amaze me.

Once you make it past this step the rest is easy peasy. Just fill the interior with an acrylic paint color of your choice (we used a few small bottles of Americana’s Cadmium Yellow picked up from Michaels), swirl it around to cover all areas, and leave upside down to drain and dry. For more detailed instructions see this similar post.

ย End result: A beautiful custom color lamp for under $30 (including paint, shade sold separately).

We’ve painted the exterior of lamps before, and although it is possibly to recreate a glossy finish, it’s incomparable to these results.

It looks absolutely adorable next to Zoey’s bed. Love, love, love!

Speaking of updates in Zoey’s room, I ordered a few yards of the gorgeousย Petal Pushers fabric mentioned here, and started making pillows for the girls’ beds. And when I say “I”, what I really mean is my mom came over to help her novice of a sewer daughter. Thanks mom! Ha.

The room design is inspired by this fabric choice and I’m loving finally seeing it in the room.

Can’t wait to begin pulling in coordinating accessories and other finishing touches ๐Ÿ™‚


36 thoughts on “Painting Ikea’s Bran Lamp

  1. Nem

    I was thinking of doing this exact same thing because I couldn’t find a teardrop lamp in the color I wanted. Glad to see it turned out great!! Thanks for the hairdryer tip for the glue! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Rebecca

    this looks great! I was in Ikea the other day and saw this lamp, and thought of all the cool stuff you could stick in it. After you painted did you then glue the cap back on to make sure it’s secure, or is it tight enough as is?

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Hi Rebecca,
      We did glue the top back on, however if you are filling it with something other than paint and think you may change it down the road, I’d use a glue with a little less strength. Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Carrie

    Oh, my, that looks awesome! Makes me want to zip over to IKEA and pick up some turquoise paint TONIGHT. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Angela

    Thanks! I grabbed one of these from the as is section months ago and couldn’t decide what to do with it. This is a perfect solution and I love how it turned out!

  5. Sarah cameron

    Hi, i absolutely love this idea! Can you tell me which size shade you used? It looks like the Ikea Jara shade but I am curious what size you used, the proportion looks just perfect!

  6. Amber

    What a great idea. I get how you take the top off, but do you just keep the cord in there while you swirl the paint? Did this pose any problems?

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      I kept the cord inside with no problems. We figured it wouldn’t matter much if it got a little paint on it since it won’t show. Hope this helps!

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  8. Lisa

    may I ask how many botles of paint you used for this size of lamp (assuming it is the largest from the ikea range, no?) ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Jessie R. Post author


      Yes, it’s the larger version of the lamp. We used about 2-3 bottles of the small acrylic craft paints. Hope that helps!


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  10. Mark

    Tried removing the metal clasp by pouring a little boiling water over it, and it came right off! Added bonus was that the hot water melted the glue. Did this on 4 lamps in less than 5 minutes.

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      No way! Genius idea. I’ll definitely be trying this. Thanks for sharing!


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  12. Carmelle Kendall

    I cant get the tops off…I tried the bowling water and hair dryer tricks. How long did you use the hair dryer for before the glue started to melt?

  13. Emma

    Not sure if you still monitor comments on this, but I’m just wondering how this held up for you? I tried it (same lamp, acrylic paint) and it was fine for a while…and then the heat kicked on in our house. The lamp happens to be placed near a heating vent, and it seems to have melted the paint…now it’s all pooling in the bottom ๐Ÿ™ How long did you let the paint set to dry before putting it back together? Did you try to “cure” it in the oven?

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  16. Rebekah

    Hi, I think IKEA has cracked onto that people are doing this and made the glue stronger! I tried for several hours to get the top off with no luck (and yes i tried boiling water as well)
    I found that instead of getting the top off I was able to pop out the little seal part where the cord comes out at the bottom of the lamp. I then cut a straw into smaller pieces, and poked a small hole in the paint tube and put one half of the straw in the paint tube and the other half into the gap around the cord. It was really messy and its taking a while to dry because there isn’t much air getting in, but it worked! Hopefully this helps anyone who’s had the same dilemma:)

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  26. Tom

    Just returned from IKEA with a pair of Bran lamps to put on our mantle. On way home I thought of filling them with shells or stones and realized when I tried to remove the lighting fixtures that they must be glued on. I’d thought a hair dryer might be the way to go and when I did a Google search, Voila, your post confirmed as much, plus added the idea of internal paint, which might be better still.
    Thanks much, very appreciated.


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