My Craigslist find finally gets put to use

Remember my Craigslist find from last fall? I saw a pair of pineapple lamps on our local Craigslist for $15. I quickly made plans to meet up with the seller and make the lamps mine. A professional designer had just written about buying one of the same lamp on ebay for a client...I wish I knew how much she paid.



The lamps sat for months because I had no place to put them. I already have a pair of nice, Restoration Hardware lamps on the living room console and another pair of silver lamps I love in the bedroom. The lamps were taller than both pairs, so I considered removing the other lamps...briefly. I found myself wishing the pineapple lamps were shorter. I even contemplated taking them apart and hacking at the wood neck to make them smaller.

Finally, with the Abode video shoot around the corner, I decided on a quick, inexpensive fix.

I bought two inexpensive drum shades from Target since I wasn't sure this little project was going to work. I snapped the center rings (these are the cheap shades that rest under the light bulb instead of on a harp) and slid them onto the necks of the lamps. Then, I used a vice grip to tighten the center rings so they would rest on the widest part of the necks. You can sort of see what I did here:



The result was pretty good...well, really it was good enough. At some point, I need to rewire the lamps and I'll get small harps and nicer black shades to match the lamps that are on either side of the bed. I don't use these lamps for fear that their old cords are a fire hazard, though I'm not sure that's a rational fear. Does anyone know if old cords (the kind where both prongs are the same width) are dangerous?

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  1. I don't think it matters as long as the cord isn't frayed, but I would consults with our experts at The Shade Shop......also, rewiring isn't usually expensive.

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  2. How funny that we both posted about pineapple lamps on the same day! Those old plugs are fine. We have old prong outlets in our art room and the electrician said old wiring is good for life as long as it's solid.

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  3. They look fantastic, just perfect in your space.

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  4. They look wonderful - nice job (and good eye)

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  5. Rewire yourself, if you have the desire. It couldn't be easier.

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  6. Whew! Thanks for the heads up, Sharon. I was a little worried, but the cords are intact. The plugs just look a little old to me.

    Sara, I thought it was a little funny that we overlapped, too! Great minds...

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  7. Those lamps look gorgeous and that mirror is beautiful!

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  8. Thanks so much, Owl Barn! Thanks for checking out my blog, too!

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  9. Love your pineapple lamps. And I think I have those same little silver birds. They are stamped occupied Japan but I don't really know anything about them..do you? I just bought them because I thought they were a fun pair. They may be in a picture I am posting tomorrow..or the next day.

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  10. Mine definitely had a sticker on them when I got them, but I must have taken it off. They have two little holes in them on the bottom.

    I got mine at a little store in Charlottesville, but I have seen them and larger versions in stores in Richmond and in a few magazines (two larger, silver roosters were in a magazine recently).

    I thought they were fun, too...mostly because they seem to be bickering. :)

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  11. Love those lamps! And thanks so much for the info on the bee glasses. Love when I find something new to buy of course!

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  12. My pleasure, Emily! Oddly, Neiman Marcus/Horchow often beats the prices of some other catalogues. They always surprise me!

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