If you follow me on twitter you know that about 2 months ago I found this awesome lamp at the thrift store for $8.00.
Pretty much it’s the greatest lamp I have ever found. But there is one not so small problem.
Its HUGE!! (notice the finial is almost the size of a spray paint can.)
Too small to be a floor lamp, but too big for a table lame. I did everything I could to find a way to use it but to no avail.
This was the shade that I wanted to use on it.
Kind of reminds you of a tall guy with a cut off t shirt right?
So I decided to preform a little bit of surgery. After making my Teapot Lamp and a few versions of it I am pretty comfortable with how lamp electrical junk works.
So here is what I did.
*MOST IMPORTANT THING EVER!!! MAKE SURE YOUR LAMP IS UNPLUGGED!!
This is what your lamp will look like:
You want to start with taking off the harp. Then remove the top part of the socket. You may need a small screw driver to gently pry it off.
Once you remove the casing you will see the actual socket. You need to loosen the screws on the side of the socket that the wires are wrapped around (make sure you know which wire goes where!)
There is a knot in the wires that you will untie. Next you will unscrew the bottom part of the socket casing.
Remove whatever washers, harp holder etc. that are above the actual lamp.
All you should be left with is the threaded tube that houses the wiring.
Then I removed the uber long wooden tube that was making the lamp 6’ tall.
You can see that there is a washer on the threaded rod. That is holding 2 separate rods together. Unscrew the washer and the upper tube.
Then you are going to lower you wiring by pulling it out of the bottom of your lamp.
Next to make sure that its going to look awesome put your harp holder back on with your harp and make sure that it is the right height.
Looks good! Then you are going to reassemble the lamp socket. (so follow the removal instructions in reverse order)
Once it is put back together make sure that it works by plugging in the lamp and turning it on.
And then you are done!
All lamps are different, but most contain these same elements. The most important thing is SAFETY! If you are not comfortable doing this have your husband or someone else help you. And most importantly MAKE SURE YOUR LAMP IS UNPLUGGED!
Once you have preformed you surgery you can jazz it up however you want! I spray painted mine with Krylon’s Navy. Its such a great color.
This lamp is actually going in my bedroom but I am not sharing the walls until they are all done…So my living room will have to suffice.
This is a better picture of the actual color. Sorry its super overcast today!
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