Upcycling a Beautiful Antique Blue Glass Pendant Lamp

3 Materials
30 Minutes

I came across this antique blue glass and brass lamp and I had to have it, although I wasn't sure what I was going at the time. (This was originally published here AugustDecemberHome 2016/06/19)

The lamp is designed to be plugged into the wall and hung from a hook. The gold tassel is attached to a pull chain to turn the light on and off.We decided to remove the plug and convert this light to a ceiling pendant for our stairway landing.

To do this we used a canopy kit that matches the brass. this will cover up the wiring and allow us to hang the light from a hard-wired ceiling fixture.

Once we determined the overall length we will need to hang our light, I cut the cord to size. I cut about 8" longer than I needed, so I had enough room to wire it, and so there isn't any unnecessary pulling on the wire. The canopy kit and chain will bear the weight of the light itself.

To shorten the chain, I just bent it sideways and unhooked the links. Then took the opened end and looped it through the hoop on the bottom of the canopy. Next, I bent the link back with pliers.

Remember to shut off the power before doing any electrical work.To hardwire the light to the ceiling fixture, I fed the wire through the support bracket in the receptacle. then used the marrets from the light I removed to attach the wires.The long brass bolts the stick through the support bracket will be used to hold the canopy in place.

After wiring up the light, I secured the canopy to those long brass bolts. The canopy kit includes everything you need to hang the light and connect the chain.

I removed the gold tassel from the chain and made sure the light was in the on position. Now it's controlled with a wall switch and looks fantastic at the bottom of our staircase.

Here is the final product. You can really see the quality and detail in the brass work. Hope you like it as much as we do :)

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Suggested materials:

  • Canopy kit for ceiling light  (Amazon)
  • Wire strippers  (Amazon)
  • Marrets/Wire Connectors  (Home Depot)

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1 question
  • Tom Lea Zinter
    Tom Lea Zinter
    on Feb 6, 2021

    How does your electricity get billed if you’re not on an individual meter?

    • August December Home
      August December Home
      on Feb 6, 2021

      We are on an individual meter. The meter reader can actually read it from the street. In the case of Renters, from my experience it’s included in rent if there is no separate meter, unless some other arrangements are made.

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  • Robin
    on Jan 27, 2021

    Oh my! We had that same lamp in the living room when I was a kid - but in gold. Back in the 60s/70s. I guess I'm vintage too! 😂

  • Barbara Lux-Smith
    Barbara Lux-Smith
    on Feb 4, 2021

    I would love to try this but 8 live in a rented apartment. Shutting down the electricity would not be possible. Wonderful lamp and a very good installation.

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