Lamp Revamp Part Un: Deconstruction & Prepping

Please refer to the parts as you read along and take a picture of your lamp.

Free!  My favorite price, of course when it comes to older pieces and furnishing a whole apartment.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely excited to move back to Chicago but I truly like to spend my money on fabric and shoes, not home goods. Besides, I was the creepy little kid that played with power tools rather than people so why buy things when you can revamp them.   The lamp above is a piece that my husband had before we started dating and is never in use, so I’m taking over and giving this thing a new look.  Let’s revert back to my childhood!

Step 1: Unplug & Pry

First things first, UNPLUG your lamp!  I know it seems pretty obvious but sometimes those are the easiest things to forget.  I mapped out the pieces on the lamp so you can take it apart and start sanding away.

Open the socket lamp holder by prying it with a flat head screw driver. (Two parallel spots and a little muscle should do the trick).

Your lamp should resemble this picture.

Step 2: Exposure

Slide the cover up to expose the wiring.  Then unscrew with a flat head screw driver to release the wires.

Your lamp should resemble this picture.

Does your picture look like the picture above? Great!  Now time for the quick and dirty part.

Step 3: It All Falls Apart

Unscrew the bottom part of the socket lamp holder, this will expose the threaded rod as well as a nut/washer combo that’s keeping your lamp standing.  Now with a nut wrench, shown below, flip your lamp on its side.

Wrench sizes may vary per lamp.

Holding the nut/washer combo at the bottom with your fingers and unscrewing the other nut/washer combo with the nut wrench you should dislodge the threaded rod from the weights (If your lamp is constructed in pieces, it should fall apart now).

Step 4: Take Inventory of the pieces you have.  

This step is so you know exactly what you need when you start to piece your lamp back together. Personally,  I like to start from the top and work my way down the lamp just in case I forget to take a picture.

Step 5: Sand that baby! & buy painting supplies.

You can go to your local hardware store and pick up smoothing 320 120 grade sanding paper to make the primer stick beautifully.

Your lamp should resemble this picture.

Hey, while you’re there pick up some spray paint, the following listed are the ones I used:

  1. Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Primer (white)
  2. Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Satin (lagoon)
  3. Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Gloss Clear

Note: Gloss Clear needed if your color only comes in satin (which was my case).

Well, stay tuned for the finished product! Comment or email with any questions.




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