As two big nerds we both love Star Wars. I always saw the IKEA PS 2014 lamp and thought “it looks so much like a Death Star!”
First step, of course, is to buy an IKEA PS 2014 lamp and a can of spray paint
We decided to get the biggest one in copper/white. It is supposed to hang over the bed in our slightly Star Wars themed bedroom, so why get small! I used a can of light grey spray paint from the local hardware store. Do this outside because of the fumes and the necessary ventilation. If you want to have it perfect – cover the copper insides BEFORE you spraypaint the outsides. The mist of the spray dulled the sheen a tiny bit – it doesn’t bother us, but if you want it super shiny – cover it up. Or don’t use spray paint and brush the light grey instead. In my case it was a matter of time and not wanting to paint them all by hand.
We used masking tape for painting walls to cover the areas that should stay lighter
Using an x-acto knive and a cuting matt with a ruler prooved to be helpfull to have a variation in the strips. Cut some wide, some small, some long, some short. Alternate to create the pattern, the death star wasn’t all the same, neither should be yours.
We created a stencil of the round weapon on a piece of paper first and traced that onto the lamp with a pencil
Once you’re satisfied with the look of your pattern, you can paint a darker shade of paint over the whole ball
We decided that black was too dark and sharp as a contrast, so we mixed a darker grey colour. The paint is a mix of acrylic paint and a chalk paint, to give it a not so glossy finish. We found this paint in the hardware store.
Paint the ball completely or work in segments – it all depends on your taste
We peeled the masking tape not long after painting. Make sure to press the tape very well down before you paint, avoiding blotches and noses doing so. But even if you have some slight uneven lines – the end result will be great, because the Death Star has so many little bits and dots, it will look like you wanted it this way.