25 Jan 2010, 12:12pm


Current obsession: Driftwood


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!

so lovely + simply the best DIY have seen in ages

[...] bits of string & a little imagination: australian stylist tim neve created this beautiful driftwood table lamp from a standard wood lamp base {below}, sanding down the lacquer to an unvarnished surface, affixed [...]

Great! I love and try to make it!

It looks beautiful!!

And it would look A M A Z I N G with my flower lamp shade. If you have some time, please take a look http://thiliblooms.blogspot.com/2010/01/flower-lamp-shade.html

I`m thinking: your lamp base with the textured lamp shade and some white chiffon flowers.. what do you think?

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.

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

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

Love it!!!

[...] 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] [...]

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

[...] Via: Apartment Therapy How To: Here [...]

[...] 2. Gather smaller pieces of driftwood twigs and fashion around a lamp base and tie off with a string like blogger Tim Neve of ‘Go Behind the Scenes’ [...]

[...] pieces of driftwood twigs and wrap around a lamp base and tie off with a string like blogger Tim Neve of ‘Go Behind the Scenes’ 3. Find a decent sized piece of driftwood, make sure the back is [...]

[...] Row: The best thing about this DIY driftwood lampbase? It’s soo easy! The DIY tufted headboard would definitely take more skill, but it looks [...]

[...] Give your bedside lamp a more natural look in a few simple steps. Start with a standard wood lamp base. Sand it down and then use hot glue to attach driftwood onto the base. Use different pieces with different shapes and lengths and create a raw look for this accessory.{found on timneve}. [...]

[...] Deck Out a Lamp – Add some rustic flair to an old lamp with some fallen [...]



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