Saturday, November 15, 2008

Re-Wiring Lamps

Last weekend, I spent a lot of time pretending to be an electrician. I always get really excited when I master "manly" jobs (IE: drilling [not so manly, but I just always had to get my Dad to do it for me until then...], shelf-installing, stud-finding, etc) and last weekend's conquest of the lamp re-wiring was sort of the icing on the cake.

I always find cool old lamps at thrift/antique shops, but until last weekend I always just risked my life every time I switched the on/off button. Some times I would get sparks, sometimes I'd have to jiggle the lamp a little for a flickering light to actually stay on and sometimes the lamps work. But, in any case, it's probably safer to have the lamp rewired and a new bulb holder (clearly I didn't master learning the names of the parts...) installed.

I picked up a few lamp rewiring kids at Home Depot and went home to the internet to figure out how to do it! It was actually really, really simple and I got 3 old lamps lookin' good within a couple of hours!

Here are pics of an old floor lamp I got at a yard sale a few years ago restored with an actual light working in it now! Until then, it never turned on, it just looked good...

I also did this in our dining room last weekend:



  1. just found your blog and i'm loving it - love your rug idea and love your black wall! i can't wait to have my own apartment so i can do the same thing!

  2. thank you!! i just looked at your blog too -- i like! i'll have to add it to my list. :)

    my wall is actually dark brown..i have a hard time getting colors right in photos on here...things always look different in real life - i can't figure it out!

  3. Hey! Where did you get the letters from in the last pic?

  4. Geniev- I got them at WalMart, of all places :)

  5. Kristen, we need to talk. I keep missing your posts. I need to check yours every single day or at least get an email from you for every post. Or subscribe RSS?

    I am so stinkin' proud of you. You are awesome. Hold on. I'm e-mailing you now.

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