Some of the highest quality lamp “treasures” I find are at my local Goodwill stores (no offense Salvation Army, but your stores are “far” from me and your prices are much higher for the same sad-condition lamps). You know the kind of lamps I mean? They are heavy, often made of brass and beautifully shaped, but they are dirty, brass shiny or brass dull (no one loves brass these days), with frayed cords (or no cords), and either missing their shades or sporting ones that are stained, torn and gross. If the lamps are $9 or less, they get to come home with me. And, yes, my husband Mike is a patient man…to a point. I gift many of the lamps. so it’s not like he’s surrounded by lamps or anything.
Do you want to learn how to resurrect sad lamps?
First, carefully take the lamp apart, piece by piece. In order. Then photograph the pieces on your work surface. Why? You should refer to this photo when you begin to reassemble the lamp. It doesn’t do to have “leftover pieces!”
Second, rough up the surface of the lamp’s paintable parts using fine grade steel wool then a sanding sponge to remove any lacquered finish and make a surface that will gracefully accept spray paint (my preferred way to paint lamps). Use that same fine steel wool to remove rust and gunk from the moveable parts (screws, plates, etc.) that you’ll reuse.
Third, spray paint the lamp pieces. Outside. While wearing a protective mask. You don’t want to blow your nose later and see the color of your paint on the tissue! Your lungs will thank you!
Fourth, rewire the lamp, following the easy-to-follow instructions on the lamp rewiring kit. Don’t you just love that little underwriter’s knot?
Fifth, reassemble the lamp, referring to your original photo. Tighten all the screws as you go. No wobbly lamps!
Are you into DIY? Have you rewired a lamp before?