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Current obsession: Driftwood

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Anyone who knows me has probably noticed my obsession for driftwood seems to be never ending at the moment!

Inspired by some gorgeous lamps I had kept noticing on the net, my weekend project was to create some bedside lamps with organic shaped driftwood bases.

I have a close friend who recently complained about TV-DIY-hosts chiming “It’s soooo easy!”. And I hate to say it, but in this case it was…


1. Started with a standard wood lamp base (already wired!). These ones from target for around $16 each.

2. Sanded back the deep lacquer to reveal a beautiful unvanished surface (almost like driftwood itself – tempted to leave them exposed like this at this point!)

3. Simply hot glued driftwood lengths onto existing base. For a clean finish jigsaw the bottom edges, or leave as nature intended for a raw finish.


Finally, I wrapped a piece of string (another current obsession) around the twigs as if they had been freshly gathered from the beach.

Topped off with textured lamp shade from K-mart for around $16 each.

I love that the finished look is raw chic rather than overtly ‘beachy’. V. Happy!

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  1. wonderful, thank you. string and driftwood have been my obsession for a while now. i have an amazing piece of driftwood (found at the beach with a pine cone still attached, attached to my foyer wall. What I’d love to try is a driftwood chandelier.

  2. Serge


    You are genius! This is amazeballs!!!!!!!! what great inspiration!!!!

  3. This is gorgeous! I would love to link to this if you didn’t mind.

  4. […] Neve shows how he created a unique and classy beach-themed lamp with a Target lamp base, K-mart lamp shade, and pieces of driftwood. [via Apartment Therapy] […]

  5. rachel


    did you find the driftwood at the beach? where did you get it from?

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