Turn an Old Lamp Into Nautical Decor

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Do you have an old lamp that has seen better days? Here's how to turn an old lamp into nautical decor for your home using rope.

Do you have a lamp that has seen better days? You can turn an old lamp into nautical decor by following a few easy steps.

We found our old lamp at our favorite thrift store, Goodwill of Orange County, for just a few dollars.

Here is what you will need to Turn an Old Lamp Into Nautical Decor:


  • Lamp
  • Spray Paint
  • Painters Tape
  • Rope (3/8″ thick)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
Step 1: Apply painters tape in the areas you want to be protected and not painted.
Nautical Lamp decor
Step 2: Lay out newspaper and spray paint the lamp.
Note: Give it at least two coats and be sure to wait an hour before adding the second coat. While waiting for the paint to dry, you can work on Steps 3-6.
DIY Nautical Lamp
Step 3: Measure the size of rope needed to go around the lamp.
Note: I used the joined line as my starting and ending point.
Nautical Lamp using rope trim
Step 4: Cut the rope to your intended size.
Note: Each line of rope will be a different size as the lampshade gets wider. Be sure to measure every time for the correct size.
trim and old lamp with rope
Step 5: Hot glue the rope to the lampshade
make a nautical Lamp with rope and a hot glue glun
Step 6: Do this to the entire lampshade and make sure you glue the rows tightly together.
DIY Nautical Lampshade using rope trim
Step 7: Remove the painter’s tape, add you lampshade and bulb, and you’ve got yourself a fabulous upcycled lamp!
Optional: You can embellish the lampshade by hot gluing a seashell, anchor or any nautical accessory.
ways to upcycle and old lamp
To accessorize your table, just add some clear jars with sand and seashells.

DIY nautical decor




If you are a thrift store DIY fan, we think you will really enjoy our Pinterest board called Goodwill Finds Repurposed which is chock full of inspiration!

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