i found this lamp at goodwill (which has recently become my favorite store) for $3. i know it looks pretty old and out-of-date, but i loved the overall shape of it. i could see such potential, but it needed some major work, aside from just the lampshade and finish.
this lamp has to be older than i am and it still has its original wiring, plus it was missing the turn knob. it's kind of hard to turn on a lamp without some sort of switch to do it, right? so i got to work rewiring it and guess what! it was super easy! *before & after transformation at the end of post*
here's what you need:
- an extension cord
- a pair of wire cutters
- a phillips head screwdriver (the one with the "x", not the flat ended one)
- a standard base lamp socket (you can get these for just a couple bucks at any home improvement store)
start out by disassembling the lamp, so that you can remove the wiring. to do this, you need to work from the top down. the socket should pull apart, so that you can unscrew the wires with your phillips head screwdriver. after you've detached the wires from the socket, remove the bottom piece (with older lamps, this should be a type of metal plate. newer lamps often use a felt lining.) and pull the wire through and completely out.
now, take your extension cord and, with your wire cutters, cut off the end that you plug into (not the end that plugs into the wall!).
|this is the end i cut off|
pull the cut end apart about an inch & a half to two inches, splitting the wire into two pieces, then carefully remove just the outer layer, exposing the actual wiring about a half an inch. the result should look something like this:
then look at the end that you plug into the wall. there should be one prong that is wider than the other. follow the wire from that prong to the end with the exposed wire. mark that wire in some way, to help you differentiate between the two. i drew a small circle with a sharpie near the top of my wire.
after you've prepared your cord, run it from the bottom of the lamp base up through the top. twist each group of wires, as they may have become a bit separated while being pulled through the lamp, and bend each set to for a hook shape.
next, take a look at your socket. there should be one white or silver screw and one gold screw. the white/silver screw is the live side and the gold screw is for grounding. just remember: white is live, gold is cold.
|white is live, gold is cold|
it should look something like this:
|this is with just one side attached|
after that, all you have to do is put the cover back on, screw in a bulb, and plug it in!
here's proof that it works ;):
here's the side-by-side before & after of the lamp:
lamp - $3
extension cord - free (i had one on hand, but they are really cheap at walmart, etc)
lamp socket - $2
lamp shade - $5 (i had a coupon)
spray paint & sand paper - $10
i'll be doing an easy how-to on painting a lamp soon.