Sometimes in the world of crafting, I bite off more than I can chew. This is a pattern even from when I was a kid. I’d start projects and then leave them lying around after being distracted by something else…as my parents like to remind me. But no more! After seeing this amazing vintage lamp at a nearby arc thrift store (for only $6.99!!!) I knew I wanted to rewire it and had to see it through. There were several vintage lamps that caught my eye but this one won my heart :).
The lamp has such beautiful shades of blue and green and I LOVE the 1970s drip glaze. The only problem was that the plug was bent and the wiring looked rough. Usually I’d let a little thing like fear of a painful shock turn me away from such a beautiful lamp-but not today! I figured rewiring a lamp couldn’t be that hard, could it? Could it?! I’ve seen so many amazing vintage lamps at arc, but I’ve never known how to rewire them-now I will!
The first step was buying a lamp kit from a local hardware store (around $10) so that I could figure out what all of this entailed. Then when I couldn’t read the miniscule print on the back of the package I resorted to the internet. Here’s what I had to do (the abbreviated version):
I unscrewed the ornament at the top of the lamp and then popped the oval harp off.
After that I flipped the lamp over, pulled off the cardboard bottom and unscrewed the nut on the underside of the base that holds it all together. With that undone I slowly took the whole thing apart and then threaded the new cord all the way back through the base up to the socket. So far so good!
Things got a little trickier once I had to strip a bit of the wire at the top in order to actually rewire the socket. I’d like to tell you that I did this no problem and then easily wired each side of the wire to the correct screw. But that would be a lie. I needed help!
I was so worried that I wouldn’t do it correctly and would somehow make something explode that I wimped out. I don’t even have a picture for you of me completing the job with help. I should be ashamed…but I’m not. Because as soon as I plugged this puppy in it lit up beautifully! (Sorry for the lousy picture, though.) Another arc treasure to satisfy my love for vintage, and for such an amazing price; I’ve seen drip glaze lamps like this being sold for tons in antique stores. Arc always hooks me up with fabulous vintage wares for super low prices. Plus I never feel guilty shopping because it goes to such a great cause. Now all it needs is a lamp shade. Wonder where I might find one…