How to rewire and restore floor lamp table??

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What can I do to bring this back to life. Rewire? Present cord half is orginal other part is from another cord taped together. Metal is little rusted. Wood needs update. Has a glass shelf in middle.

q how to rewire and restore floor lamp table
q how to rewire and restore floor lamp table
q how to rewire and restore floor lamp table
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  • You need to buy a lamp rewiring kit from your local hardware or home improvement store. The rust on the metal can be removed with some steel wool and the wood can be refinished or painted.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 19, 2021

    You can get a kit for new wiring at big box or hardware stores. The wood could be painted and distressed easily with chalk paint. Paint the metal with RustOleum Hammered Paint. To prep for painting, I use fine steel wool to scuff all surfaces and then denatured alcohol to clean. The rust should come off with the steel wool. You don't have to fully remove, just enough to make it smooth to paint. RustOleum has a rust inhibitor and you should be fine. Frost the glass underneath or just clean it up.

  • Grace Gleason Grace Gleason on May 19, 2021

    Yes. A lamp kit with an extra long cord. If there's a hole in the wooden bottom for the wire to exit, get one with the wire going through the socket instead of out the side. Then run the wire through the metal tube & out the bottom. Be sure to follow the instructions that come with the kit. That tape job is just plain unsafe and scary.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on May 19, 2021

    Yep a lamp kit to rewire the lamp will get you started in the right direction! Steel wool will take the rust off and you can repaint with a brand such as Rustoleum so it will last. The wood base can also be painted. You could also consider painting the bottom side of that glass - the new mirror look paints look pretty cool on glass.

  • William William on May 19, 2021

    Somebody did a poor job rewiring it. You don't need a lamp kit. Just a long cord. The pole is hollow and the screw part on the socket is hollow. Pop off the top part of the socket and pull it out a little. Disconnect the wires from the socket. Discard the wire. Now feed the new wire up the shaft from the bottom of the base to the top. Sometimes feeding the wire from the top to the bottom can be easier. Connect the wires to the socket and pop it back on. Gently pull the wire at the base to make it taut. Install a new plug and your all set. Some basic instructions here.


    https://www.hometalk.com/3349487/how-to-rewire-a-lamp

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 19, 2021

    rewire it and then you can paint the metal there are tons of paints just for this kind of project and then you should have a new looking lamp

  • Betsy Betsy on May 19, 2021

    Hi Willi: Rewiring a lamp is really easy. The hard part is getting the old one out. When you get to the part where the bulb goes in, look at it closely so that you know exactly how it goes on. It's a snap on part. There are 2 screws and 2 wires, so easy :) Curve the wires gently in the direction that the screws go down so that you get a good connection. Looking at the picture, someone wasn't quite sure how to do it. The cord will go up inside of the pole, not along side, and the wires are screwed on the bottom of the holder, not from the outside as shown. That is a Yikes job! :) Here is a site that shows how to do it. https://homeguides.sfgate.com/wire-floor-lamp-51968.html


    As for the glass, just cleaning it would be good, or, you can remove it (it should come apart by unscrewing the poles) and putting something really cool underneath the glass, like https://www.hometalk.com/39490337/underside-decoupage-glass-patio-tables or https://www.hometalk.com/37201267/stained-glass-table-for-pennies, adjusting for your size, of course :) You can also remove the wood and stain it, or just leave it where it is and stain and/or paint it.


    Good luck

  • Here are some tips on how to rewire it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgBxao6EXgk

  • Dee Dee on May 19, 2021

    I would do what William said to rewire the lamp. It is not hard I have done it a couple of times. Then I would get a good spray paint and spray it a color that matches your decor. The lamp is really cool. I like it.


    • Willi Willi on May 21, 2021

      Thank you so very much for your help. Lamp was a great find for$7.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on May 19, 2021

    A good cleaning, rewiring and some spray paint will update your lamp

    I would clean it first, before painting or rewiring. I usually buy a kit for rewiring. A new lampshade can make a huge difference on a lamp, too. Good luck!


    https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B002DNIBEY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_GF9J4EG49JF7ZGEE22VF

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on May 20, 2021

    Good news is that Home Depot has lamp cord, sold by the foot. Just bring a piece of what you have with you, so you have the right gauge.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on May 22, 2021

    This looks like a helpful tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDsaFMj5b5o

  • Flipturn Flipturn on May 23, 2021

    'Don't know if you have a shade yet for the lamp, but you can purchase replacement harps in various heights. Sometimes just raising and lowering the shade can achange the look of a floor lamp.

  • You can rewire, we do it all the time. And I would be tempted to decoupage some pretty napkins on the glass table area.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on May 31, 2021

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/729231364666751606/ is some idea for you

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