03.04.2015
Everybody give Shelly a big Art of Doing Stuff welcome with all the enthusiasm you show me every day! So, here’s the back story in a nutshell.  Way back in the olden days of DIY blogs and bloggers, there weren’t that many of us.
We’ve connected off and on and I sincerely consider her to be one of the best and most worthwhile bloggers in the bloggy blogosphere.
Sidenote: I’m an upholsterer turned DIY Blogger turned upholstery teacher and still a DIY blogger. Late in the Fall, on one of my regular thrifting trips, I came upon a spectacular authentic vintage lamp at my local Goodwill Store. Alright, let’s get started with this little DIY on how to rewire that spectacular lamp you might find with exposed wires, circa 1940. Determine if your new cord needs some of the plastic to be peeled back to expose the wires, or if it’s ready to attach like this one. Insert the new cord through the lamp base and up through the threaded pipe in the top of the lamp. Now, you need to split the cord about 4” down from the top and tie the Underwriter’s Knot which is included in a diagram on the instructions.
Here’s the most important part: there is one side of the cord that has grooves all the way around it (flat head screwdriver in the photo is resting on the grooved side).
Trace and cut out a new piece of felt to glue on the bottom of your lamp for furniture protection. I’m not such a fan of this kind of lampshade, but I had it on hand, it fits the lamp and it only cost $11.99, also at Goodwill. I have rewired a lamp before (thanks to Karen convincing me I CAN do stuff) and as is typical, a fifteen minute job took me, an actual living and walking idiot, an hour and a half. One of my main problems was being able to tell the difference between the all important piece of wire that had the grooves on it and the one that didn’t.
Do you have any further details to share that may help an idiot such as myself to tell the difference between those wires? I also am looking forward to checking out the upholstering in my jammies classes as I try to do most things in my jammies.


Karen – I read your line at the end as if it were a sarcastic thanks to Shelley and that you were annoyed at having to be back tomorrow.
Tigersmom-I completely get it that those wires are almost indistinguishable, but they really are! Thanks for making this so down to earth and not brain surgery…anything electric scares me, even though I did replace my dining room fixture. August 18, 2011 By Michelle 1 Comment Rewiring a lamp like I did in my last post seems quite intimidating, but in reality it’s rather simple.
We found that teacup lamp on Danny Seo's blog (the lamp is from a display at Anthropologie) and it inspired us: if we just had some glue, some old teacups and the know how for wiring, we could make that lamp ourselves! So we've rounded up some easy step by step tutorials (with pictures!) to walk us through the process of wiring and rewiring old lamps.
She had me hooked when she wrote that early, clever post entitled “How to Recover a Chair in 5 Minutes” where she plopped a Mongolian throw over an old MCM chair. Many times I pass up unique pieces just because I need to purge so many ‘meh’ things in my garage.  But this lamp was too good and too unusual to leave behind.
Even though it looks like I’m helping this lamp give birth, it’s just my arm threading the cord through the upper pipe in the neck of the lamp. Our recently added online upholstery courses, Upholstery Knockouts, includes students from the US and Canada who are learning how to upholster through our online ‘classroom’ (private blog) videos, written materials, a private Facebook Group, as well as emails and group calls.
You made this sound and look so simple, I’m going to quit being such a baby about rewiring lamps. I’m taking it on faith that these, too, can be purchased in toto at the hardware store… ? After I finished university, about 4 years ago, I was still working my part time job as a secretary at a hospital and I used to read curbly every day on my breaks and that’s how I found Karens blog!
Get a magnifying glass, or better yet, close your eyes and feel the two sides with your finger tips. All you need is a few supplies and some tools, and in very little time you’ll have a lamp that will illuminate your space without the worry of old wiring.
At this point you’ll use your wire clippers to remove some of the protective sheathing from the wire.


Assemble the socket by twisting on the outer shell, and then tighten the screw at the base of the socket to secure it. I’m so appreciative that Karen, one of the truly BEST bloggers out there, invited me (so I’d quit nagging) to write a guest post for The Art of Doing Stuff. If upholstering in your jammies sounds like the way to go, check out ModHomeEc and the Upholstery Knockouts sales page for the class that is now in session.
Once I’d reassembled my lamp, I threaded the new electrical wire through the pipe, and left enough wire at the top to work with.
If the socket has a "press here" inscription, press your thumb on the inscription and lift the sleeve off. I knew right off the bat she’d be a star, and secretly pride myself on the fact that I knew it before there was enough DIY traffic to even have a star. I don’t mind spending a little money on lampshades because I figure the money I save on the base, it still ends up being WAY cheaper than buying brand new.
Unfortunately I got rid of the lamp I wanted to fix but it’s still a good thing to know.
Rewiring lamps has become second nature to me since I clearly have an obsession with scouting out and scooping up vintage lamps in organic shapes, preferably white. I also have a stockpile of decent and inexpensive lampshades I’ve come across while thrifting, so the lamp cord was the only real issue.
To attach the wires to the screws, form a hook shape with the wire and loop it over the screw in a clockwise direction. The wire should just circle the screw once with the wires insulation resting against the screw. LOL I found one for $3 and tried to change the part the bulb goes in and couldn’t even get the old socket piece off.



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