Amazing friends, I’m back today with another lamp makeover! I always check out the lamp aisle at thrift stores. I love the light they offer my booth and they’re usually good sellers. If you missed the first lamp I redid from this haul, you can see it HERE.
I actually passed on the lamp I’m making over today on the first go. I regretted not getting it and luckily, on the next trip in, it was still there and 50% off of $5.25. You just can’t beat less than $3 for a lamp!
Here she is in her original state:
It worked just fine, but the plug looked dated, so in order to resell it, I figured I would probably have to rewire it and that is the reason I left it behind the first time I saw it. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
My parents and I used to do several craft shows a year for about 15 years. My Dad would build things like tables, shelves, and yep, even lamps! (I’ve made over a few of his leftover unfinished tables he made…you can see one HERE.) My Mom would paint them and they would sell like hotcakes. I used to sew and sell dolls like Raggedy Anne and Andy sets, angels, Santa’s, etc. That’s where I got a ton of practice sewing.
I called on my Dad to show me how to rewire a lamp and he was more than happy to help!
And guess what? It wasn’t hard at all! He gave me two large plastic bins of lamp parts several years ago, so I already had everything I needed, but you will likely only need a new cord and possibly a new socket.
First, let’s see how I reimagined, or should I say, rearranged this lamp!
What do you think?? Yep, I totally rearranged the original lamp!
Once I had it apart, I was able to do whatever I wanted with it.
Remove the old Wiring
My Dad wasted no time getting started rewiring this lamp. The first thing he did was remove the socket from the socket cap on the bottom with a small screw driver. Then he slipped the socket shell off to expose the wires:
Then he loosened the two screws that were holding the wires in place to remove them:
He showed me how to rewire it back that same day, but I knew I wanted to play around and possibly rework it somehow, so I came back to it the next day.
With the wiring removed, I was able to loosen and remove the nut on the very bottom that was holding the lamp together and take it completely apart.
Do you ever feel like you’re being watched?
This is the point where I started to play with the pieces, and I loved the idea of creating a shorter, more square lamp, but the threaded rod I already had was too long for what I wanted to do. I found this shorter one in one of my Dad’s lamp part bins:
I painted it in Dixie Belle’s Fluff, along with the other parts I would be reusing:
I also used another small brass decorative fitting from my Dad’s lamp parts that is not pictured, but you will see it at the very top of the final lamp.
Then I assembled my new lamp how I wanted and secured it back with the original nut on the bottom.
Rewire the lamp
Now it was time to put what my Dad taught me to practice! You may need wire strippers to expose the inner wires of your new cord. Mine was already ready to go. I just threaded it up through the bottom of the lamp and out the top. Then I pulled the wires apart a bit so that I could tie a knot. This is to prevent the cord from being accidentally pulled out of the socket:
Then I attached the wires, one to each of the two screws on the socket, by bending the ends of each wire into the shape of a “U”:
Then I wrapped each wire around each of the screws and tightened them with my screwdriver:
(Wrap the wire around clockwise, so that when you tighten the screws, the wire doesn’t get twisted off.)
Then I replaced the socket shell and pushed it firmly back in place.
And that’s it! Not too bad, right? Thanks, Dad!!
In case you’re wondering, here is an idea of how it might have looked had I kept the original design:
Still pretty, and a pair of them with these shades would have made absolutely lovely buffet lamps, but on its own, it just seemed too tall and lanky.
I started with that round shade you saw in the background, but I didn’t love it and it was very white compared to the Fluff, so I went on the hunt for a new shade and found this square one at Target that was perfect!
Except it was bit plain, so I headed to Hobby Lobby to find a decorative trim I could use on it and found this pretty one with the rosette detail:
I used my hot glue gun to attach it:
You’ll want to use the hot glue sparingly as it may yellow over time.
I think this sweet rosette trim was just what this shade needed! This is an uno shade so it sits right on the socket…no harp needed.
How cute would it be if I could find some pretty glass beaded trim to add to the bottom now? Ooh dang…I wish I’d have thought of that sooner!
It’s still cute though!
I think I’ll be keeping this one for my office!
I’m no expert on rewiring now by any means, but at least I’ll no longer feel like I have to pass on those lamps with dated wiring! I will save them all ha ha!
I hope y’all enjoyed this makeover! Another piece complete from my Winter Haul!
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I’ll have a different kind of makeover to share on Thursday!
At the start of each new year, I like to get my work space in order. It was LONG overdue!! I’ve had a few people mention that they would like to see my workspace and how I store and organize my supplies, but I have never claimed to be super organized and I felt like I had a terrible system that would never be helpful to anyone. Well, I FINALLY got serious and my workspace is more organized than it has ever been! I love it so much that I actually want to share it!! And can I tell you how much more productive I have been?? Seriously!
Here is what I am most excited about sharing:
I built this very primitive work table back in 2013 and it has never functioned better than it does today! This is a great makeover you won’t want to miss!
UPDATE: See how I finally cleaned up my act and got this space organized HERE!
Then I’ll be back next week with a whole batch of smalls to share and I’ll be sharing the china cabinet for Furniture Fixer Upper Day as well! (Told you I’ve been more productive!!)
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