Hi there! I’m almost embarrassed about today’s post. Why you ask? Well, it didn’t involve a whole lot of craftiness or skill on my part. In fact my upcycle of an old French-style light fixture, into what I’m calling a “lantern,” seems kind of obvious, like any junker worth her salt would probably have thought up. I guess I’ll just have to show you and then you can tell me if it was all worth the hoopla of a post or not.
It’s not a true lantern in the sense that it has a bottom or “floor” that you can set the candle on. It’s sitting over a candle sitting on its own base, more of a cloche idea, but with the look of a lantern.
It started life as a not terribly exciting light fixture, perhaps for a hallway. I paid two dollars for it at a garage sale and knew immediately that it would make a good lantern. In this photo, I’ve dismantled it, saving the finial, candle sleeves, and ceiling medallion for future projects.
Even the light bulbs still work and can be used for something else.
I washed the curvy brass frame and the glass panels.
And that, friends, is the full extent of this upcycling project(!). See what I mean? Super simple.
I considered painting over the brass, but decided to stick with the soft, aged patina.
I can easily pick it up by the round finial and move it from place to place.
It goes well with my monochromatic fabric roses.
The only special skill required for this project: having a good nose for junk, which I think over the past [almost] four years of blogging, I’ve proven I have 🙂
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