Remember when I mentioned painting this old lamp that I temporarily moved into the family room?
That was my plan until I realized it’s the same size vase as this one Mom 2 gave me from her blue and white collection. Although it looks like a vase, it has a hole in the bottom center like it was meant to be made into a lamp.
I kept my eyes open the past couple of years for a platform and top plate to make it into a lamp, but I didn’t find anything. My recent Eureka! moment was discovering I could just switch this vase with the existing lamp’s base.
Remember: unplug your lamp before you start.
I removed the socket and wiring from the old base. Then I ran the wire through the old lamp’s platform and through the new vase. Remember this picture from my Wiring A Lamp Socket 101 post?
The threaded post fit nicely into the new base except the post was a tish too short. I removed one tiny piece of the neck, and that fixed it.
It’s nice to be able to adjust the lamp height that way. That large ring around the neck had a small cap at each end, so I just removed the top one. Removing something so small made just enough difference in the height of the post.
That allowed me to screw the base of the socket down over the threaded post. You saw something similar in the other lamp wiring post.
Before we move on to that, let’s go over how I removed the wiring from this lamp socket, which was new to me. This double wire seats inside this “trap door” that snaps away from the socket.
The wires slide out easily.
When wiring everything back together on the new base, I lined up the prongs in the socket with the existing holes in the wires and closed the trap door. I’m sure there’s a technical name for this trap door thingy, but I’m not privy to such technical information.
Notice above that one prong is gold and one is silver. They are the neutral and hot connections, so be sure to get your wires replaced the same way you took them out. If you get it backwards, the lamp will still work, but you will get shocked when changing the bulb. Yikes!
See how easy that was to re-attach?
Now you’re ready for the socket cover.
It easily slides over the socket and into the base.
Like I said in the other lamp wiring post, if the socket is loose inside the base, crimp it slightly with pliers so everything is snug.
Screw the switch mechanism back in place, add a light bulb, and you’re all set.
Confession time. I haven’t taken pictures yet, but I did buy a couple of new lamps for the family room after sending several to the kids’ apartment. This one is now in the bedroom redecorated in Nature, Navy and White. Replace the pewter lamp to the right with this new one.
Can you picture that in your mind? What do you think?