In my last post, I told you how I was working on makeovers of these side tables and my thrift store lamp that I wrote about here. I wanted to give the lamp a subtle makeover. Just enough to make it a little more interesting and to add a some more texture to the room.
laundry room without blowing up the house.
I did take a whole slew of pictures of each step when I took apart the insides, which was really helpful to refer back to when I put the lamp back together. But I decided to leave all of the pictures out of the post, since it was a major fail!
After I finally got the lamp reassembled, when I went to plug it in, it didn't work! I unplugged it and then plugged it in to another outlet. I knew I was in trouble when a puff of smoke came out of the outlet and then the TV went off. In fact, everything in the house went off!
I flipped the switches on the circuit breaker a million times, most of them reset the circuits that had been tripped, with the exception of the outlets along one wall and the light in my kids' bathroom. We went for almost an entire week without a lamp in the living room and my kids with no light or electricity in their bathroom. I was cursing myself because I was going to have to call a handyman to come and fix it, all because of my compulsive need to spray paint everything gold!
I mentioned something about it to my sister Kathy and she said that her husband, Lee, could take a look at it for me. Long story short, he came over, flipped the circuit breaker switches (like I had done a million times) and ta da, the circuit worked again! Just. Like. That. I have no idea why it did not reset when I switched them, but it did it the first time for my brother-in-law?
Thanks to Lee's magic touch, I didn't have to fork over any dough to have someone fix the circuit breaker that I had blown, but we were still lampless in the living room.
I considered just giving up on the stupid lamp. But at this point, it felt like a challenge. I really wanted a glass lamp in that spot, and didn't want to have buy a new one. I decided that I would get a lamp wiring kit and see if could figure it out without another electrical mishap.
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