How to Rewire a Thrifted Lamp

4 Materials
1 Hour
It has been fun to take you along the ride of giving my old bedroom a remodel  From the accent wall to the plant stand and art gallery- everything has been rolling along greatly! But it’s about time to keep things functional too with some light. What a better way than to grab a thrifted light that I snagged for $5 and give it some love!! I wanted to keep things looking retro and fun so I left the light as is and just made it function- what a concept. tee hee. I am no electrician, but apparently Chanda Panda is- she helped me out with rewiring the lamp with a kit I got from Home Depot. Check it out!!

Photo Cred: Anya McInroy
  • Thrifted Lamp
  • Lamp Kit & Porcelain Socket Fixture (home depot)
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Screwdriver
Step One: First you will want to disassemble the lamp, I laid everything out in the order I disassembled so I would remember the order for when it came time to put it back together. Next I opened up my porcelain socket fixture I bought.
Step Two: We unscrewed the screws on the porcelain fixture so there was room to wrap the wire from the lamp kit
Step three: Next you will want to thread the cord through the lamp so the porcelain fixture will hang inside the lamp shade
Remember to check the order in which you disassembled! Importante!!
Step four: So we have the new porcelain socket threaded through the lamp shade and now we wrap the new cord wires around each screw, then tighten the screw down to hold the wires into place (finished product in pic below)
Time to tighten things up to the top…
And here is the top view…
Meanwhile get the cord strung through the chain and attached the hook….
Ready to screw the light bulb in?
I snagged this cool jar cover at Restore for $2.00-love the retro look!
Screw your lightbulb in, then tighten the bolts around the lamp fixture to hold the glass…
The end goal!
YAYY!!! Look at that beauty shining oh so bright! Happy Day for this little corner of my room! The remodel is coming along great!!
Cheers to cute home decor and a refreshed light fixture!

Suggested materials:

  • Thrifted Lamp   (Restore)
  • Lamp Kit & Porcelain Socket Fixture   (Home Depot)
  • Needle Nose Pliers
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