****MAKE SURE NOTHING IS PLUGGED IN TO AN ELECTRICAL SOCKET WHILE WORKING ON A LAMP!**
I have a serious love affair with lamps. There is something about them, lit at night, that just says “cozy” to me. I have a hard time passing them up and most of the time, I don’t. If I don’t buy them to restore them, I buy them for parts. Even the most hideous of lamps that you can find at yard sales for a few bucks have 20.00 or more in lamp parts. I use them for cords, harps, finials, sockets and adapters. Most people pass up the ones that need a little love and the sellers are willing to part with them for a few dollars. This is a lamp I bought for 3 dollars. It worked fine when I bought it, but the wire was old and had been repaired with electrical tape making it unsellable. I fell in love with the candlestick shape. And the claw foot feet! Aren’t they great? The metal already had that perfect oil rubbed bronze patina and all I had to do was clean it. I found the shade at a yard sale as well, new in the package for 1.00 and it still had the plastic on it.
So here is what I did in picture form……
Okay…I should have used a comma while editing this picture. You first pull up on the socket and then you loosen the screws. Remove the wire from around the screws and place the socket with your other lamp parts.
Somehow, I lost step 6…I can’t even find it in my photos. So step 6, you run the wire up through the bottom and out the top of the lamp….. If any of you get confused here, let me know and I will try to snap another photo with another lamp to replace it.
When you start to replace the socket, you will more than likely have to pull the slack down from the bottom to get it to snap into place.
If any of you try this out and you have success, please link up your finished projects on Restored It Wednesday so I can see them!