How To Rewire a Second Hand Lamp

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It all started with one of my favorite thrift store lamp purchases to-date. My mid-century era brass beauty sported a super fun trio of beveled shapes down its base, not to mention the perfect (original!) linen drum shade. Costing a cool $5, I was instantly sold. The best part was that it worked, too! Well, at least for a few months…

Fast forward to the day that I chose to move it to a different area of the living room and one of the ancient prongs ended up sticking out of the wall outlet all by its lonesome. A couple of rubber-handled pliers fixed the immediate danger, but my sad one-pronged lamp needed a whole electrical makeover.

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Although, full disclosure, I was incredibly intimidated by this project, I was able to fix my second hand treasure in just under 30 minutes with the help of my sister (because…those pretty hands of hers!) and my dad (because he’s practically a handy man pro). If you’re going through the same lamp “surgery” and are in need of moral support and guidance, I’m sharing the full tutorial over on Angie’s List.

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Let me tell you—there is absolutely nothing more gratifying than switching on a newly rewired lamp and seeing that bulb light up. There may or may not have been a number of excited expletives shouted out to the electrical gods in thanks. Here’s to your own !$*@-worthy light bulb moment this weekend!

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