Tuesday, September 2, 2014

How To Make Lamps from Candlesticks

As soon as I spotted these brass parrot candlesticks at a second hand store I knew that I wanted to make lamps with them.

parrot lamps with blu and green shade thumb

Let me show you how I did it. I started with these brass candlesticks. In the photo below, I have already polished the one on the right.brass parrot candlesticks somparison

I purchased a bottle lamp kit.

lamp kit 1

I did not use the wire in that kit because it is very heavy and white. Instead, I used a clear wire that I took off a thrifted lamp.

lamp stopper in candlestick

There were three rubber stoppers in the kit but unfortunately none of them was a perfect fit. This one was the closest fit and I found some foam in my supplies to add as filler.

foam filler for lamp

After doing a dry fit, I cut the foam and glued it around the rubber stopper and glued it in the candlestick.

assembly of lamp

I followed the directions to assemble the lamp.

socket base on

I added the socket and wired it according to the directions.

wires added to socket

I tried them out in this bedroom first.

parrot lamps in bedroom 1

Let’s take a closer look.

close up parrot lamp

I liked them there but decided to move them to the guest room.

lamps in guest room

The brightly colored shade helps a lot.

parrot lamps with blu and green shade

Not bad for a pair of crusty old candlesticks.

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I’m linking to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style and to Grace At Home at Imparting Grace.