Last weekend, I was out thrift shopping with my friends and found a set of two pretty lamps. They were only $12 each, but the cord on the one was very old. You can see it was all cracked.
The other cord wasn’t as bad, but still was risky. I decided for the price to take a chance on buying the lamps and trying my hand at rewiring them. I went to Lowe’s that day and bought a kit.
There were several options, but for only $10.24 this included everything I could possibly need. And, to buy the wire and the top portion separately it cost more. So, I went with the economical option even though I might have leftover pieces. I bought 2 kits, so that I would know both lamps would be safe to use. I started by taking the old wiring out of the lamps. This was very quick and easy, as shown in the pictures and steps listed below.
Step 1 – Remove the top cap
Step 2 – Lift the next piece and remove the first screw.
Step 3 – Remove the second screw to separate and expose both wires
Step 4 – Pull the cord from the base to remove your wiring from the lamp
I followed the same 4 steps in reverse to rewire the lamp.
Step 1 – Insert new wire
Step 2 – Wrap neutral wire (the one with ribbing in my kit) clockwise around silver screw. I did use my wire cutters to strip a bit more of the cord to expose the wire more. Tighten the screw.
Step 3 – Wrap other wire clockwise around gold screw, and tighten the screw.
Step 4 – Place cap over the piece containing the wires and screws and pull your cord from the bottom of the lamp to remove any extra cord length.
In 4 easy steps, I had successfully rewired my lamp.
I was very excited that it lit!! It was a quick process, and Puddy laid on the bed and watched me as I worked. For some reason, I prefer to work and craft on the floor instead of using my desk. So, the bed gives Puddy a good view.
Then, came the fun part. I bought the lamps to replace the 2 mismatched lamps that we have in our master bedroom.
The new lamps look pretty on Bob’s nightstand and on mine.
The shades are what got my attention at first, but I really love the detail on the base of the lamp.
Now, I know not to be afraid to buy thrift shop lamps since they can be rewired in just a few easy steps. Have you ever bought a thrift shop lamp? Have your rewired a lamp?
Darla at HeartWork Organizing says
They look very nice in your room. I had some adventures in rewiring last year when I converted some shades into hanging lamps. Basically, it was the same process, with an added switch for the on/off. I’m lucky enough to have the big box stores AND my awesome local hardware store and all the help they offer!
Thanks Darla! I really thought it would be a more complicated process. It’s good to know it doesn’t change too much based on what you are rewiring.
Betty Taylor says
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Thanks for stopping by and following along Betty!