Have you ever wanted to know how to make a coffee pot lamp? With these step by step directions and a little patience you can repurpose a thrift store coffee pot in no time!
Repurposed Vintage Coffee Pot Lamp
Do you remember this coffee pot I just had to have? If you’re new around here, I saw this at a local Peddler’s Mall, and I didn’t get it. I kept thinking about it, and went back to get it a week later. See the sticker? $4.99. I have a $5.00 limit on my thrift finds. Having that limit keeps me from “impulse” buying. If it’s more than $5.00 I don’t even have to think about it. NOTE: IF it is a purchase for me personally, I will generally go up to $7.00.
Examine how vintage coffee pot is put together
The first step is to dismantle the vintage coffee pot. At first glance I thought it was going to be pretty simple.
Then I ran into this little doo-hicky.
Dismantle electrical parts
No match for gail!
Lamp Kit Parts
I decided to go all out and buy new parts for this makeover. You could easily use old lamp parts. Buying lamps at yard sales or thrift stores is s a great way to collect all the parts you need for this coffee pot lamp.
Thread spacers and washers on lamp kit rod
This is threaded to show you how I got it to stay in place. Imagine the bottom of the coffee pot is actually between the two washers.
I like the lamp kits that have the threads all the way down the rod. The nice thing about a continuous thread lamp kit rod is that you can thread parts anywhere, then cut off the excess.
Insert lamp lit rod into vintage coffee pot
You can see that the washer keeps the rod in place.
Add washers as needed to hold lamp kit rod in place
I placed another washer on, and then a smaller washer that actually came with the lamp kit. (not shown, I added a nut to hold it all in place.)
This threaded washer will hold the rod in place on the inside bottom of the coffee pot.
These large washers were very useful to secure the lamp kit rod.
This allowed the top of the pot to rest on said washer.
Another large washer was added as well as a nut to secure everything in place.
Wire vintage coffee pot lamp
A new wiring kit was used for this, but remember you can easily use reclaimed wiring from current lamps--nothing outdated or worn.
I was unable to get both of these “pins” out. I could tell you I left it on purpose, but I like to keep it real. It’s not shown here, but I drilled out that small hole to make it large enough for the cord to thread through there.
In the spirit of “keeping it real”, I wired this lamp about 7 times. Each time I wired it, the rod was too tall. I took it all apart and trekked out in the 100+ degrees and cut it again. I seriously can’t believe how many times I put the jigsaw away, KNOWING it was right THIS time! You can see that lampshade in the background. It is/was not the best choice, but it’s really all I had. It was a yard sale find earlier this summer.
Isn't it really neat how the cord comes out the original cord area. It’s the little things that make me happy.
Vintage Coffee Pot Lamp
Isn’t she cute? I really have no idea why I have such a love for this repurposed vintage coffee pot! I think it’s just too darn cute! Would you like to know a piece of trivia about me? I have NEVER had a single cup of coffee. Can you believe that? I’m a Coca Cola girl.
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.