Rewiring a Vintage Green Pendant Light

Rewiring Benjamin Barn Pendant Light diy

I’m returning today with another of my farmhouse finds.  This time it’s this grimy green pendant light.  From looking it up on the internet, I believe it’s a Benjamin light.  I don’t know if that name refers to all green barn pendant lights,  but it is in that style.

Rewiring Benjamin Barn Pendant Light diy

There was a layer of dirt on all my treasures, so after visiting the farmhouse everything got a much needed bath.

Of the four items pictured, the pendant light was the last to get a makeover.  I’ll remind  you of the other three transformations at the end of the post.

Rewiring Benjamin Barn Pendant Light diy

Besides showing you what I’m doing, I like to take pictures along the way so I know how to put these things back together.

With a half turn this top galvanized metal part screws onto the lower metal part.  There are  three screws  (you’ll see in a second) that attach the lower metal part to the green enamel pendant.

Rewiring Benjamin Barn Pendant Light diy

After taking everything apart this is what I was left with.  The white porcelain fixture was corroded but that’s the part that holds the bulb. I’ll need some kind of replacement.

When I have no idea of what to do with my electrical parts, which is usually, I head on over to the local ACE Hardware.  You know the commercial…Ace is the place with helpful hardware man.  I can vouch for that ad.  They have helped me out of more than one puzzle.

With these two pieces in hand I just stared blankly at the wall of electrical components until my nice ACE hardware man asked if he could help me.

Why yes, yes you can.

Rewiring Benjamin Barn Pendant Light diy

I’m looking at this picture and you can’t really tell what he fixed me up with but it was really simple. It’s the black socket  with a  black and white wire and two metal clips on the side which allow it to lock into my metal piece.

Rewiring Benjamin Barn Pendant Light diy

Three screws thread down thru the metal piece and are held in place by nuts on the inside of the pendant.

Rewiring Benjamin Barn Pendant Light diy

Before attaching, I did clean up the inside of the pendant.  A couple of rust spots were starting to work their way thru the enamel, these spots were sanded then spray painted a gloss white.

Rewiring Benjamin Barn Pendant Light diyThe very top piece…. the one that just screws onto the piece I just attached…. got a washer glued into the center of the opening.  I don’t know if I’ll need it or not but the opening was rather large and I wanted my wire to be centered.

Rewiring Benjamin Barn Pendant Light diy

I’m using a cloth covered wire I picked up on Etsy for my orb chandelier, but I had enough left over for this simple project.

Thread the cloth covered wire down thru the top piece.

Rewiring Benjamin Barn Pendant Light diy

As you can see, there are no black and white wires on my cloth covered wire  to attach to my new light socket.  Apparently my wire is European. In Europe, and the rest of the world, brown is the hot color (black), blue is neutral (white )   and the green/yellow is  the ground wire  (isn’t google wonderful?).     Once that was figured out , it was just a matter of stripping off the very ends with wire strippers to expose the wire and twisting those together with wirenuts to the existing wires from the pendant.

Use a half screw to reattach the upper metal part of the pendant back to the lower part.

 

Rewiring Benjamin Barn Pendant Light diy

I also needed a Pendant Lamp Canopy Kit to attach the pendant to the ceiling.

Rewiring Benjamin Barn Pendant Light diy

Use the wirenuts to connect the wires in the pendant to the ceiling fixture wires.

Rewiring Benjamin Barn Pendant Light diy

Rewiring Benjamin Barn Pendant Light diy

Rewiring Benjamin Barn Pendant Light diy

 

As promised here are the other three farmhouse makeover victims.  There have been more farmhouse transformations but I’m just showing you those that were pictured.

Replace a Caned Chair Seat with a Padded Seat-006

Chair makeover with a new padded seat.

Vintage Wood Siding Frame

Frames made from wood siding and inexpensive IKEA frames.

Repurposed Drawer Shelf

And a repurposed drawer which is now a shelf.

Don’t be afraid to take on a rewiring project, it’s always easier than you think.  For step by step lamp rewiring make sure you visit this post . You can find all my lamps and pendants here.  My most unusual lamp upcycle is probably my septic pipe lamp….that one is there too.

Stay inspired.

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