How To: Rewire a Thrift Store Lamp

How To: Rewire a Thrift Store Lamp

Laure Joliet
Feb 27, 2009

We noticed recently that we seem to have some kind of lamp addiction. We live in a small space and don't really have a lot of room for a ton of lamps but when we go thrift storing or swap meeting, we swoon for lamps. Over the years we've picked up a couple that don't really work and we've also seen projects (like the one above) that we want to emulate, but we've been intimidated by rewiring or just wiring a lamp. But if it's a single bulb lamp, it's actually not that hard:

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. A note, please please please, make sure you've unplugged the lamp before you start working. It's obvious, we know, but better safe than sorry!

We like the super simple illustrations of How to wire a lamp.

Wiki-How's How to build a lamp is a good description of step by step instructions.

If you need to rewire a Euro Lamp, check out this post.

And for more of an overview, check out basic wiring explained by a diying new yorker.

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