I still can’t believe I did it. I rewired a lamp. A floor lamp. If I can do it, so can you. It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be.
We found this vintage lamp at a garage sale. We also scored some retro suitcases and magazine that I have plans for. I love the lamp because: it is wood, it has a table, and it has caaauuuute feet. Done. This one is staying with us.
However, it was supposed to take an enormous light bulb. Couldn’t find it at Home Depot. You know, we might have been able to find the light bulb to fit, but I didn’t want to keep doing that forever. So it was time for me to learn how to re-wire.
We bought this re-wiring kit from the Home Depot. One night I finally decided to go for it.
I donned some gloves and basically tore it apart with a pair of needle-nose pliers.
I then taped the new cord to the old cord and ran it through the lamp so the new cord was in place.
Then I worked on attaching the new light socket– I followed a tutorial online as well as the back of the kit. It’s not as difficult as it seems. And I’m going to be completely honest, I don’t really remember how I did it. For one thing, it was a few months ago. I just followed the tutorial and modified as needed. It took patience and nimble fingers, but it worked.
But since the lamp was old, some of the pieces would not attach properly, so I bought some industrial glue for metal at the HD to affix it.
So now, modern, readily available lightbulbs can be used in it! Holla!
I had considered painting the lamp table, but after I was done, I took another look and realized, man, this thing is gorgeous. The wood is in great condition and the few scratches give it a lovely patina. So I left it.
I love this piece because it is old, solid, beautiful, and unique. This project shows how an old, outdated piece from a garage sale ($5!!) does not have to mean it can’t be used and showcased in your home.
What do you think of the lamp? Have you rewired before? Up for an adventure? You can do it! Just make sure to unplug it if you have to, you know, adjust the wires after a move. ;)
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