Better than Mike Wolfe

20 Jan

Remember when I found this lamp at a tag sale for a whole $3?

Well, about a month ago, I was watching American Pickers and Mike Wolfe picked the same light!!  AAANNNDDD  he paid FOUR TIMES what I did at a whopping $12.  I totally get lucky every once in a while rock!

Take that Mike Wolfe! (And that is said with much adoration and respect of course, since I love American Pickers so much)

Before the weather turned totally rotten, my lamp got a much-needed coat of spray paint.  It’s been hanging around for the past few months, patiently waiting to be rewired.  I decided when I got it, that my sexy deco desk light needed to stay true to itself.  That meant I had to hunt down a good source for cloth-covered wire.  I did a quick Google search and found Sundial Wire.  Jackpot!  Not only are they a local Massachusetts company, but their prices are fantastic!  It made me kind of giddy.

After New Years, I ordered 10 feet (extra just in case) of snazzy(that’s right, I said snazzy) red cotton twisted wire

and a vintage style plug

Having never rewired anything before, I armed myself with tips from Handy Dad and watched this youtube clip:

It may have taken me a full hour to accomplish what she does in about 4 minutes, but I have a feeling that wasn’t her first tango.

Check out what my deco desk lamp looks like today!

And look- it works!!

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2 Responses to “Better than Mike Wolfe”

  1. Eugenie Street 10.17.2012 at 9:18 am #

    Me again! I think I found my “blog-twin”, only it seems you are younger and way ahead of me. This is really funny. The more I browse, the more I find similarities with my projects! And on this one, you may be my savior (that is, if US fixtures are same rewiring technique as French fixtures, but I guess it is) you’ll see, the post is in english http://eugeniestreet.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/atelier-electricite-bis/

    • vintageviolet 10.17.2012 at 10:29 am #

      I hope my lighting tips help. I’ve been checking out your blog- I wish I understood French, but I definitely understand pictures 😉 Looks like you have some great projects going on!

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