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When I posted my workspace reveal, one item was missing from the original mood board. (Some of you noticed. Good eye!) It was the mini linen lamp. It was on backorder and didn’t arrive in time for the big reveal but it’s here now.

mini lamp before

It’s just about the cutest lil’ lamp I’ve ever seen. It’s about 13″ tall and 9″ wide and it fits perfectly under the glass-front cabinets. The nubby linen gives it a cozy texture which feels really homey even though the silhouette is pretty modern. You know how I feel about cozy modern.

There was one downfall. The black electrical cord irked me. I don’t understand why companies go through all the trouble of producing beautiful lamps only to stick an ugly black cord on them. Why?! It’s like a handsome guy with no sense of humor. Deal breaker.

But I really LOVED the lamp and it was the ideal scale for my desk so I decided to do what I do best: tweak it. (Not to be confused with ‘twerk it.’)

sueded cording

I found some red sueded cording at JoAnn’s. I paid less than $2 (with a 40% off coupon) for three yards. I thought the red suede would make a fun cord cover. Here’s how I went about disguising the black cord eyesore…

DIY cord cover collage

1 – I used a small piece of double-sided adhesive tape and stuck it on the backside of the cord.

2 – I ran the sueded cording up the tape then wrapped it over on top of itself to secure the end.

3 – I continued wrapping the electrical cord with my sueded cording making sure to pull it taut for a snug fit.

4 – I wrapped the cord to the rotary line switch then used a drop of hot glue on the backside of the new red cord to secure the end. (It’s important not to apply the hot glue directly to the electrical cord.)

5 – I snipped off the excess sueded cording with fingernail clippers.

DIY sueded cord cover

And that’s it! It took me all of 5 minutes. I only wrapped the cord to the rotary switch because I knew the rest of the cord would be hidden behind the wood cubby on my desk but you could easily wrap the full length. For reference, I wrapped ~13″ of electrical cord and I had ~9″ of the sueded cording leftover. Of course, that number will vary depending on the circumference of your electrical cord but three yards of cording for every foot of electrical cord seems like a good rough estimate.

DIY sueded cord cover 2

This cute lamp just got a little cuter. Steve even noticed and he loves it! Funny. I can rearrange our living room and he doesn’t notice for days. But I slap some new cording on a teeny lamp and he catches it right away. I don’t get it.

DIY sueded cord cover 5

The lamp isn’t totally necessary. We do have over- and under-cabinet lighting. But, I have to say, the soft glow of the little lamp is nice on overcast days or late at night when I don’t want to light up the entire kitchen.

DIY sueded cord cover 6

I’ve always liked the idea of a lamp in the kitchen, too. It feels cozy, warm and casual.

DIY sueded cord cover 7

I wish companies would pay more attention to lighting cord aesthetics.┬áIt kinda sucks that I had to spend $2 to make my $40 lamp look like a $40 lamp but I’m really happy with how it turned out.

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

49 Comments

Love it!!!! I want to go find a cord to wrap now! haha I made burlap sleeves for two cords in our guest bedroom & love those, but now I want to do this to some cords too. Love your office area :)

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26.February.2014

So clever Dana! And where is the cute leather jacket from!?

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26.February.2014

I am loving this red kick of yours lately! Keep it up and thumbs up on this tweak/update!!!!

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26.February.2014

Love this idea! The cord looks really stylish now with the suede cording – wish they did this with a lamps. Heck it would look great on all electronics – maybe cord design could be a new thing?

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26.February.2014

That little lamp IS the cutest. Love lamps in kitchens. And I agree with you about the unsightly cords that most lamps come with. We just moved into our new place so I’ve been on the hunt for good floor and table lighting lately. I was thrilled to come across the Ranarp floor lamp at Ikea (http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/90231303/) particularly because of its adorable black and white striped cord cover. I just love it! After this post though, I now know I can take of regular old cords with a little trip to my craft store and some DIY enthusiasm. Thanks for sharing Dana!

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replied on February 26th, 2014

LOVE that floor lamp and its cord! Great price, too.

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replied on February 26th, 2014

Me too! I grinned like a fool all the way to the checkout ;)

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26.February.2014

Sometimes little things do make a big difference. You tweaked that little lamp into something so fine that it might be twerking with pride when you’re not around to watch. :)

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26.February.2014

Having a lamp in the kitchen is a great idea (so was wrapping the cord–good call!). My mother surprised my sister with a lamp for her bathroom not long ago. It sits on the counter and looks so pretty. You don’t always need the overhead or mirror lights on in the bathroom, but you might want a little glow, and a lamp is the perfect solution.

jbhat

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26.February.2014

Why have I never thought to do that??!?! I completely agree it is such a bummer when a gorgeous lamp is partnered with an ugly cord. Completely unnecessary.

http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

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26.February.2014

Dana, you….might be a genius. WHAT a great idea!! This is giving me pause regarding all those darn TV wires that are visible behind our TV stand. Love it! :)

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26.February.2014

Dana, thanks for sharing both the big and little ideas that help us be more adventurous in our own homes. Simple (yet awesome) solutions for everyday life :)

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26.February.2014

What a great idea!! This turned out so well that of all the crazy, major projects you’ve done, this may be my favorite!

Thanks for the inspiration!
-tara

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Nice, tweak! I love the coziness of the lamp and I love the pretty lil flower arrangement in the gold metallic vase next to it! Your workspace is looking oh so inviting these days!:-)

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26.February.2014

Wow! What an improvement! And for only a few dollars and a little time. I see many a custom lamp cord in my future!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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26.February.2014

Great idea for the cord cover. I have some leftover suede from another project that will go with the decor in some other rooms. I may have to try this!

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26.February.2014

Wow, love this idea! I also love the pop of red, it looks great! Where is that gorgeous leather jacket from?

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replied on February 26th, 2014

Wilson’s outlet last year.

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26.February.2014

Great idea! Thanks!

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I really like this idea. It’s a great light to leave on too for the kids at night, just in case. I like how the red pops off the stone too!

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26.February.2014

A while ago you mentioned offering design servies. Will you share how that is going?

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26.February.2014

Soo cute – if you’re looking for custom cords on lights check out Studio Snowpuppe’s range of lighting. They’re from the Netherlands and gaining popularity here in Europe – this one is my favourite – as if the light is climbing up the wall :)) Love it!
http://www.studiosnowpuppe.nl/snowpuppe_en/snowpuppe-producten/snowpuppe-klimoppe-muurlamp-moth-origami-lamp.html?___from_store=snowpuppe_nl

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replied on February 26th, 2014

Those are gorgeous!

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Brilliant! Well, I only wanted to write “Brilliant!” but your comment thing said it was too short ;)

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replied on February 26th, 2014

Sorry! There are restrictions set on the comments section to discourage spammers. Thanks for commenting!

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26.February.2014

What a genius idea. I wasn’t keen on the red, but once it was all done, it looks snazzy on the bench.
Good job!
Nat
xx

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I love this and I adore the red! I tried this with leather strips and was unsuccessful but it was really thick. I then did yarn that was multicolored for an ethnic kind of vibe. It looks great with our sconces that have the cord hanging down. Instead of an eyesore it’s part of the design! If my workspace looked like this I would get a lot more done :p

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26.February.2014

Hi, I love that leather jacket, where is it from?

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26.February.2014

i look at your blog jsut about daily, but I don’t think I’ve ever commented. LOVE THIS! I will be implementing it soon.

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26.February.2014

I love this! Such a good idea that anyone can implement! IKEA actually has a new work lamp out with a black and white covered cord that I’m obsessed with.

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That is genius! I will be doing this to my lamps ASAP! Heck, to all of my ugly cords. Cords are the bane of my existence and I’m thrilled to find an option!

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27.February.2014

So strange that I’ve never thought much about cords but now that I see what you’ve done, I’m amazed how much better it looks!! I’m in love! I’m going to do this same idea to my Ikea wall lamp (not this one, mine’s yellow but it’s not sold anymore http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10085193/#/70195419) but use different colors of friendship bracelet thread!

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replied on February 27th, 2014

Ooooooh, sounds fun!

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27.February.2014

Genius! Seriously awesome.

By the way, have you checked out Pinterest lately? You have the Benita Larsson seal of approval!

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replied on February 27th, 2014

Whaaaaat?! LOVE Benita.

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replied on February 27th, 2014

She pinned the pics of your kitchen and workspace onto her board “Nice Spaces.” Apparently the feeling is mutual!

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27.February.2014

NUD do some colorful and funky electical cords and lampshades. They are a tad expensive though: http://us.nudstore.com/collection/classic-120

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replied on February 27th, 2014

Very cool!

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01.March.2014

I am going to do this to the ugly cords hanging down from the sconces in my guest room. I have hated the cords for years, but guests have told me how much they like the light from the sconces over the bed.

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02.March.2014

I hate those ugly cords too. What a fantastic fix.
Traci

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04.March.2014

This gives me an idea for covering the cord for a hanging lamp I’m thinking of for my guest room. I’ve never seen this product, so I’m curious: is it actually suede leather? Or some kind of synthetic? Thanks for the inspiration!
P.S. I cannot wait to see the progress on the hall bath! You’re keeping us in suspense!

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replied on March 4th, 2014

I’m guessing since it was only $2, it’s synthetic.

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06.March.2014

What an awesome, simple idea! Talk about a small change making a big difference! The chord looks like it has purpose now, like it’s meant (and should) be there and shown off!

Love it!

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06.March.2014

Thanks for sharing Dana! Definitely going to get that lamp. I was initially hoping it would work as bedside table but I think it might be too small. BUT I really do love it so maybe it can work as a bookshelve lamp? I am hacking the Ikea vittsjo by replacing the glass with wood. BTW I am taking inspiration from your shelves on how to style it. Thanks for all of your great ideas and inspirations!

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replied on March 6th, 2014

See the lamp used bedside in this amazing house tour…

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/natalie-and-seths-organic-modern-home-house-tour-198652

…it could work!

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