Last weekend I was out hunting for lamps and shades to feed my latest addiction, shabby chic lampshades. I found all of these beauties and brought them home. Most were in fairly good condition and I knew that if I liked the shape and the height I would be able to easily work with the color and if I needed to, rewire the lamps. Because I had already made a cute shabby pink shade I chose the hobnail milk glass lamp base first, its the shorter one with the white bottom in front. The cord was in terrible shape and the socket was a mess, dirty and a little rusty, it needed to be completely rewired, so off to the store I went. All I needed was a new cord and socket. A wire stripper is a handy little tool to have also in case you need to trim the wires down a little bit. Before you start, please unplug your lamp….I have to say it.
The next step for me was to take my lamp base apart. Because I wanted to paint the wood portion of the lamp I unscrewed the nut at the bottom and simply snipped the cord right below the socket at the top so that I would be able to pull it through. If you are not painting or making any other changes, simply pull the insulating sleeve off and unscrew the screws that are holding the wire in place and pull it through the bottom.
After this part is completed its time to wire the socket. The first thing you will do is tie a loose “underwriters knot” .
You will then attach each wire to the socket by the screws on each side. Just loosen them up and hook your wire on it and tighten the screws back down. Pull your wire through the bottom to give the base of the socket a tight fit. Mine screwed onto the rod yours may attach differently. Put the insulating sleeve on, it will snap onto the base of the socket. Your lamp has been completely rewired and now you will only need a cute shade and a lightbulb.