DIY Upcyled Lamp With a Nautical Twist

We are in the process of putting together a nautical-themed room at our house.  We discovered a simple table lamp at an OC Goodwill store and were inspired to upcycled it to match our decor, using spray paint and rope.

See how easy it is to re-purpose common Goodwill finds into fabulous decor using just a few inexpensive items!

Nautical Lamp Final Goodwill



  • Lamp (from OC Goodwill)
  • Spray Paint
  • Painters Tape
  • Rope (3/8″ thick)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
Step 1: Apply painters tape in the areas you want protected and not painted.
Nautical Lamp Step 1 Collage
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.
Nautical Lamp Step spray painting
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 adding the 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.
Nautical Lamp trimming the rope
Step 5: Hot glue the rope to the lampshade
Nautical Lamp hot glue step
Step 6: Do this to the entire lampshade and make sure you glue the rows tightly together.
Nautical Lamp rope trim finished
Step 7: Remove the painters 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 other nautical accessory.
Nautical Lamp upcycled
To accessorize your table, just add some clear jars with sand and seashells.


Feel good about shopping and supporting Goodwill! Your purchases and donations help support Goodwill of Orange County’s programs and services which provide job and employment training to people with disabilities or barriers in Orange County.

This project was created by Adrianna of More With Less Today.

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  1. This is gorgeous and so easy to do! Great idea!!

  2. I love this project. I’ll have to check out my local Goodwill for some lamps.

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