A couple of weeks back, we went to Newberg, Oregon to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. In true Salvage Sister and Mister style we stopped at Goodwill. Nothing keeps couples together like bargain hunting, right?
There were a few goodies found and this lantern was one of them (if you follow us on Instagram, you may have already seen this) for $6.99 (no sales tax in Oregon):
At the time, the thought was to use it on a shelf or on the fireplace mantel. When we got home, it was too big for both spots. Well, it sat until the “light bulb” came on…hahahaha!
As we are building a little pantry, we needed a cool light fixture. We were looking at some lanterns, but they were at least $50 and up! Bing! Could we use the lantern that we already have?
Off to the home improvement store for some supplies:
For about $20 in materials we were able to turn the lantern into our pantry light fixture…Salvage Sister and Mister style.
(We went to our local hardware store. We partner with Amazon and found some on there for your convenience.)
Bonus life hack: Did you know that you can use a can opener to open those impossible and dangerous plastic packs?
The Mister Demonstrates:
We (yes, we)……
- Took off the top of the lantern and attached the loop (so you can hang it)
- Attached the wire to the light socket
- Ran the wire through
- Screwed the socket to the fixture
- Added the chain
- Attached the loop to the cover plate
- Ran the wire through the chain and then the cover plate
- Mounted the fixture to the ceiling
…………and voilà…. Total cost $27.00….HALF PRICE!
Now off to finish our pantry. We will be posting updates so if you want to keep up, add your email to the “Get Updates” field under our picture so you won’t miss a post.
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