Lamp fail...

Monday, February 20, 2012


Remember the post I did about the 10 things I want to accomplish this year (see here)? Well fixing up some really old lamps was on my priority list. Of course, I've watched plenty of DIYs on you tube, read loads of DIY blogs and googled the bejeezes out of it. So I was pumped. Got the lamp kit and was ready to go. Total bust.  Apparently my gigantic hands inhibit me from maneuvering the cord up through the lamp.  I'm such a novice. So now, I'm discouraged and the lamp has been in this unfinished state for over 2 weeks. Now what? I need to find some lamp person to sort this out.  Does anyone have suggestions? I'm determined to get these 25-year-old beauties up and running gosh darn it. This is to be continued...

I don't like that white cord either it looks kind of ugly. Seriously the instructions were cryptic. 
Well there is my monster hand obviously not capable of delicate lamp rewiring. Jeez I need a manicure and some moisturizer badly too. All images via me.

16 comments:

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I hope you find a way to make this work, those lamps look gorgeous!
Would duct-taping the wire to a knitting needle help? A long, thin, straight needle would help feed the wire through.
Our local hardware store sells black wire btw, maybe yours does too - it might look nicer than the white?
Good luck with the project, looking forward to pics of the result!

Meera @ firstsense said... [Reply to comment]

You might want to get some (antique) gold or brown flex as the white is a bit stark for that beautiful old lamp. My husband has wired a few lamps for me but seeing as I can't send him over, just ask a local electrician to wire it for you!

Good luck! xxx

InteriorGroupie said... [Reply to comment]

ugh that sucks! Those lamps look gorg though so I agree paying the extra to have them rewired by a pro might be worth it!

Vanessa@decor happy said... [Reply to comment]

You can try Lia: http://www.modnest.ca/ Lamps are her specialty! It's going to look great!

Sharon@house58blog.com said... [Reply to comment]

Bend a wire hanger and try to pull it through that way.

Carol@TheDesignPages said... [Reply to comment]

Any lighting shop will rewire for you for about $25 per lamp. If you're really determined to do it yourself then Sharon's comment is the way to go. Can't wait to see what they're like all finished.

cabin + cub said... [Reply to comment]

Hmmm... I was going to suggest the wire hanger as well... or maybe offer to babysit a id with a tiny hand. heehee

modern jane said... [Reply to comment]

That's a bummer. They really are beautiful! So are you by the way. How have I now noticed your profile pic before? Is this new?

Anu@My Dream Canvas said... [Reply to comment]

I have been there with no luck. All the best to you. The lamp is beautiful.

Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story said... [Reply to comment]

Won't you be able to use a snake or something, the thing that you use to pull the wires from behind the wall when you hang a flat planel TV?

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