Lamp Project. Adding new life with internal night light and painted shade

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A while ago, I bought a glass vase table lamp at a flea market.  I didn't want it but it was the end of the day and the lady just wanted to get rid of it so she wouldn't have to pack it up and take it back home.   It was priced for $20 but she offered it to me for $2.  it has a dark tinted glass vase body with dark bronze metal base and top.  It didn't have a harp or a shade but those are easy things to add.  When I first got the lamp I had no idea what to do with it so it sat in my basement for a while until my daughter asked me to redo her bedroom.   As we talked about what she wanted to do, I thought i could incorporate the lamp into the new scheme.  The shape of the glass reminded me of a Genie bottle so that is the inspiration for this makeover.   My daughters a pre-teen so didn't want anything "girly" so no pink and no flowers (I miss those days).  She also still likes to use a night light so I thought that I could somehow light up the glass for this.  The glass is dark tinted so the nightlight is hidden during the day when it's not turned on.

As I'm writing this intro, the lamp isn't anywhere close to complete so I hope it turns out ok.....fingers crossed.

Materials Needed:
For those wanting to repeat this, the items needed will vary depending on what your starting with.   This is what I needed for this project.

Replacement socket
3 pole rotary turn switch
Christmas Lights
6-12 foot extension cord ($2 from Lowes) or lamp cord with plug.
glass enamel paints of various colors.  I started out using these but the design changed so I ended up using a white paint pen.  
white paint pen or colors of your choice.   originally i was using the pen only for rough layout but then used it exclusively

Tools needed:
regular screw driver
needle nose pliers
wire cutters
wire stripper
electrical tape
wire nuts
drill / bits
metal primer / spray paint
artists brush's as needed

I knew right away that I wanted to somehow light up the base so that it could be used as a night light.   I originally wanted to use led's but that's beyond my limited electrical ability so I went with Christmas lights instead. 

As is typical for me, this project ended up taking me several months to complete.  I just don't ever seem to have the luxury to really being able to spend a day on a project so I end up doing little steps here and there as time allows.  

One of the main reasons that I really like refurbishing garbage & flea market finds is that you have the freedom to be wild and take chances that you wouldn't do with a priceless family heirloom.  If you screw up and destroy it so what?

dimtick (author) 3 years ago
thanks. it was a fun project.
Lindie3 years ago
Nice job!