Wednesday, July 7, 2010

La La La Lanterns

I have a certain fascination with lanterns. 

Not new shiny, pretty lanterns from Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware, but more like old rusty, smelly lanterns that no one else wants.  The crustier the better :). 

 I think lanterns look great inside or out, formal spaces, or casual beachy or cottagy (is this a word?) spaces.  Plus you can get great looking outdoor lanterns at Lowes or Home Depot for a fraction of what you would spend at the designer stores and still get the same look.  Case in point:  Here are two currently for sale at Home Depot and Lowes that would look great in someone's smaller foyer or over a table in your eat in kitchen..

For $59 bucks, you can't beat it. 

Or this one from Lowes   which would be fabulous as a sconce flanking a mirror or your favorite piece of art. 

For me personally, I love the challenge of finding something old that has a story and a past and using it in a different way or giving it a new life.

  I mentioned in a previous post (or did I?) that I found two huge rusty, nautical lanterns a few weeks ago at a Classy Flea.

This is the before

I fell in love immediately.  

First I cleaned them, then turned them upside down and had Mr. Rubbish drill a hole on the top.

I then installed a pendant light kit....

Went to Home Depot and purchased a rope, jute twine and connected them to an old vintage nail.  

And now they are beautiful pendants perfect for a beach house or to add a little industrial flair to your modern country home.  

What do you think?  


Interested in purchasing? Go to my Etsy store here!


  1. I linked a rusty lantern post also! I need to try what you did and make a light. How cool.

  2. those are beautiful, I love them!!!

  3. Oh my... they're fantastic! Don't you love how no one else in the world has the same look?

    And you made me remember my rusty lanterns too. Oy! I need to add them to my post! :)


  4. I love them =)
    enjoy your weekend

  5. What do I think? I think I love them! They would be great over my counter in my kitchen :) I wish I could come across some that great to turn into lights.

  6. Great way to recycle (or upcycle as I like to call it.) I love it and would love to see you post this at my linky party Upcycled Awesome!

  7. Very creative. Rustic that really is rustic and not from a catalog.


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