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Max McMurdo

The founder of UK design company Reestore (, Max McMurdo takes everyday, landfill-bound objects and turns them into charming yet functional furniture and accessories.

> trash to treasure

Fit to Be Lit x8 Holes

Rinse canister inside and out—though any lingering coffee bean fragrance is just fine by me! Mark eight equally spaced points around the topx8ofPoints the container.


Drill holes (20 mm diameter) neatly and file until smooth.


Between and perpendicular to the holes you just drilled, mark and drill x8 Holes eight holes another on the top of the side wall, just below where the canister tapers.

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Draw a petal-like shape on the sheet of recycled paper, making sure the top width is the same as the distance between the lower holes. Trace petal template eight times, linking the holes on the side of the canister.

Tracing x8

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Tracing x8

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MATERIALS 1 coffee shop–size coffee bean canister (We use a 100 oz Illy tin, but any metal canister will work) 1 hanging light fixture 1 can of low- or no-VOC white paint (ideally not solvent based) 1 can of brightly colored paint (Orange, green, and pink look great)

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With the tin snips, carefully cut out your petals.

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Using a large tube—or just your hands—roll back each petal until you achieve an organic-looking curve. (Don’t worry, the metal is thin.) File edges until smooth.


In a ventilated area, paint several coats of white paint on the outside, followed by several coats of color inside. Fit the hanging light fixture into the neck of the container, using the tin snips to trim if necessary.


Hang and wait for gasps when you tell friends you made the shade yourself.

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tools • Pair of tin snips (available at home or craft stores) • Marker • Sheet of A4-size recycled paper • Drill with a 20 mm drill bit (also known as a hole saw) • Fine metal file • Safety goggles for drilling • Ventilation mask for painting

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Max McMurdo transforms a dis­carded industrial coffee canister into a stunning, flower-inspired lampshade

Plenty Magazine Issue 23 Aug/Sept 2008  

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