Welcome to those of you from Jen’s house! I’m #2 so here we go!
Jen Rizzo is the mastermind behind this fun event, where 21 bloggers swapped a thrift store find to create with. But it could be ANYTHING.
What to make! Hmmm… let’s see….
Well, the above would have already been done then with no DIY in sight. Not desiring to cheat, here’s what I did instead…
And then I took them for a walk throughout the house. And ended up in the kitchen. Right in front of lamps I never did like. I love lamps in a kitchen for nighttime glow and improved daytime task lighting, but wanted junk styled ones instead. Perfect!
While I love me some beat up metal, these needed a little help. I desired more black definition, so I hit the metal with black acrylic craft paint, then dragged some sandpaper just along the edges.
In the piping world, there are different sizes measured by inches. Just make sure all the pieces are the same size. Mine are ¾” for extra stability.
Don’t you love that T join so the plug as an escape route? Genius. Thank-you.
I then did (a terrible job) at grinding a small opening into the wood to allow for the pipe to fit in. I used a spade drill and it made quite a hack fest mess. So… maybe find a different way?
Fit pipe through the (hack fest) hole, feed the wire through, screw together and you’re left with this.
Here’s where I went wrong dozens of times. You need to take that light bulb holder kit all apart. And build backwards BEFORE you wire up the works.
Stop at this point, then wire up the lamp.
How to wire a lamp
Disclaimer: I am not a professional electrician. Please proceed with these instructions at your own risk. If in doubt, please seek professional advice or hire a trained electrician.
1. Pull wire out longer so you can work.
2. Separate the two wires by snipping them apart in the middle, then pull.
4. “Bite” down on the plastic casing a ways up, but don’t go too far.
Trial and error here. Too much and you’ll cut the wires and have to redo it.
5. Move the ‘cut’ down further to a larger hole, then clamp down and pull to expose the bare wires.
I found this method worked best for me. When I attempted to cut the casing AND pull, half the wires came along for the ride.
RIDGE ON WIRE = NEUTRAL SIDE / WHITE SCREW
NO RIDGE ON WHIRE = HOT SIDE / GOLD SCREW
6. Run your hand along each side of the plastic casing to feel for a ridge on one of them. There is one. This is the ‘neutral’ or white wire.
7. Tightly twist the exposed wires, then run them around the WHITE screw in the direction the screw will tighten.
Tighten the screw.
Here is a shot of the positive / gold / hot / no ridge side. The wire still needs trimming.
Snipped. The wire does wind right around the screw and then some, but apparently you only need up to a 3 / 4 winding around the screw connection for the lamp to work. I overdo everything because of high failure rate here.
If you miss even ONE of these steps, you will be forced to rewire your lamp endless times. As me how I know.
You can see another junk styled lamp AND wiring post HERE.
This will change up, depending what kind of bracket your shade has.
While the lamp could have worked without the sawhorse legs, I felt they added visual weight and a little more stability. Plus.. all my favourite elements are present, reclaimed wood, metal and black accents.
Trust me when I say, if you ever try lamps by your sink, you will NEVER be without again! So don’t try this if you don’t like the idea. It will ruin you.
Clean, spring like, and best of all, they can’t die. That’s necessary here.
Thanks for the beat up crappy old saw horse brackets, Jen! Not only did I land a couple of cool lamps, my kitchen even got cleaned up! Well, this angle did anyway.
And because no photo shoot on my blog is complete without a cat photobomb…
What would you put as a shade message now?
to see what I sent Melanie! I hope she’s forgiven me… 🙂
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