The Heroic Bedroom Makeover Project

The Heroic Bedroom Makeover Project

Gregory Han
Apr 2, 2012

Her name is C.A. and her blog is How To Be A Heroine, a site dedicated to decor, health, beauty...and occasionally about things that go "boom boom pow!". Confused? It all started off with a bedroom decoration project where she took the courageous step of trying to integrate the seemingly disparate elements of her husband's beloved military photograph with the Les Arts Décoratifs decor in their bedroom...

Her bedroom makeover project was born with a thoughtful desire to integrate her husband's tastes with the existing decor scheme:

Jonathan Adler says "The wife is always right [when it comes to decorating] unless the husband is gay." I no longer agree with this statement! By allowing a bit of my husband's taste to infiltrate my own we began to create a décor synergy that we both loved. But now I had to figure out how to tie the tank photo in with the rest of the room. It helps that I was starting over from scratch. It allows the mind to think crazy things. I remembered seeing some Phillippe Starck lamps (above) that had piqued my curiosity.

The original $1,756 Phillippe Starck Table Gun Lamp for FLOS is made from cast aluminum with injection-molded polymer, polished 18K gold-plated finish, topped with a plasticized paper diffuser.

Her curiosity stopped somewhere around the point where she noted the prohibitively expensive $1,756 price tag of these hi-end design lamps (talk about shock and awe). But C.A. realized the design had some DIY potential, and she ordered a toy M16 gun, spray painted it gold, then wired and vertically mounted it using the IKEA ALANG lamp.

What you'll need: $14.99 plastic gun, $19.99 ALANG lamp from IKEA, a can of metallic spray paint, and basic electrical wiring skills.

The results are an impressive facsimile of Starck's luxury original (one could get a little closer to the shiny original by taking in the toy rifle to an automotive paint shop for a truly high metallic gloss finish, as metallic spray paint results in a slightly matte finish).

And we understand the military themed object isn't everyone's cup of tea, but one could easily replace a variety of other common objects in similar manner (like this collection of action figures painted gold and converted into a lamp base, or just a thrift store find). The real joy in reading about this bedroom project is how C.A. and her husband's tastes worked together to create a room uniquely their own.

Check out the whole project over at I Like That Boom Boom Pow.

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