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Tuesday
Jan242012

Rewiring a lamp

A couple of months ago, I showed you this lamp that I picked up at GoodWill for $1.99.

I loved the size and shape, but, since it was about 100 years old, it didn't work.  I figured it couldn't be that hard to rewire it, so I figured I'd give it a try.  (I just happened to have a lamp kit that somone had given me, so, if it didn't turn out, the only thing I was wasting was my time, and two bucks!)

I started by taking apart the lamp. Actually, I started by taking a picture of the lamp, fully assembled, so that I would know how to put it back together.  There were soooooo many pieces!

There were instructions on the lamp kit on how to rewire the lamp, but they were pretty vague--especially considering I had no idea what I was doing.  And I was certainly outside of my comfort zone on this project. I don't like to try new things if I don't think I will be successfull at them.  It's silly, but I was actually a little nervous!  I kept thinking, "What if someone goes to turn on the light, and somehow gets electrocuted?!" I almost stopped the project, but then I got it together and was like, "It's a lamp.  You have instructions.  You're fairly smart.  Figure it out and stop worrying!"  Why I am I telling you this?  I am trying to encourage you to try something you might not be good at.  Maybe you'll fail.  Big deal.  Try something else!  But maybe you'll do an amazing job and gain some confidence!  Okay, I'll stop preaching and get back to the lamp! ;)

Like I said, the directions on the kit were vague, so, Google to the rescue!  (Seriously, what did we do before Google?!)

I really have nothing to say about the next steps, because I just followed the directions!

Once the lamp was reassembled, I used some Krylon and spray painted it red.  For the shade, I used an old egg basket that I picked up from the flea market.  I always ask if the seller knows any history on the item I am interested in, and they almost always do--but sometimes I wonder if they're just making stuff up!  Anyhow, this particular basket apparently came from a peacock farm near Wisconsin.  Really?  That's what he said...  He had a few different colors and sizes, and I really liked the yellow basket.  I knew right away that it would make a great lamp shade--and now I had a lamp to put it on.

What do you think?

I think the jury is still out on whether anyone else actually likes it, but I'm okay with that--because I think it's fantastic!  The lamp is in our family room, which is in the process of being "made over".  I was going to wait to show you one giant reveal-type post, but I changed my mind.  There are so many projects going on in the family room that I think I will just show them to you as I complete them. 

Have you tried anything lately that you were unsure of?  How did it turn out?

I am offering up prayers of peace and blessings for you today!  Enjoy the Son!

 

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Reader Comments (6)

Holly, it looks awesome!!! Great job, friend! xoxox Missing you, missing summer. Sarah

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Pittenger

You did a very nice job! Doesn't it feel good to try something new!! (this coming from the woman who is such a scardy (i know horrible spelling!) cat when it comes to trying something new!! Oh yes please do show us the in progress pictures and then you can do a BIG reveal of how everything comes together in your family room. I am doing that very same thing... well kinda sorta. LOL :)

Have a wonderful day! And just know that there are those who are praying for your family right now! Toodles, Peggy

January 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy

Too cute and very creative! I can't wait to see the made over room.

January 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJackie Ajazi

Really nice make-over. I suggest you pick a nice shade for the bulb.

January 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShayne Calloway

So cute! Thanks for sharing. I have an old lamp that needs rewiring. Maybe now I'll tackle that project and mark something off my list! Have a great day, friend.

March 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVal Butler

I hope things are alright, I sure miss your posts! Just thought I'd let you know :) Em

March 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEm

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