You may have seen a fabulous vintage lamp hovering in the back corner of my living room photos for the last few years.
Sure, it looked great, but want to know a dirty little secret? IT NEVER WORKED. The cord was broken.
I know how long it’s been broken because Ryan and I bought it at an antique store during the first month of our relationship. Ladies, that was over 4 years ago, and I bought it for a steal, knowing that I was “going to fix it.”
FOUR YEARS to fix a lamp? I’m so ashamed! 🙂
In January I told you that I was tackling unfinished tasks as part of my “personal happiness project.” I carried that goal into February, and then March, because apparently I had more unfinished tasks than I realized.
Well, rewiring this lamp was one of the sweet, sweet victories for March.
I wanted to explain it for you, but I didn’t take enough detailed photos and I know nothing about wiring. My little brother really showed me how to do it, and this HGTV article does a great job of sharing the steps.
Regardless, here’s my 5-second version:
I unscrewed the parts of the lamp so I could remove the old cord. I threaded a new cord through it and attached it to a new socket (see below).
I am still thrilled with myself for fixing it. The new socket is so shiny and gold!
I also took some time to refinish it. I used Brasso to polish the metal parts I could reach, and then I sanded down the old, rough, and kind of fake looking varnish. Before:
Then I rubbed in some Teak Oil to give the wood a natural finish. Teak Oil hardens in the wood rather than on the outside, so it helps preserve it without creating a shiny coating that can chip.
After: So warm and velvety.When I plugged that baby in and turned it on for the very first time, it felt so good to see it glow! I felt pretty silly when I realized this project only took about 20 minutes to complete.
Do you ever procrastinate on a project only to finally do it and realize how easy it is?