How to turn a lantern into a light fixture with this tutorial.
THE THRIFT STORE FIND (BEFORE):
Better to illuminate than to merely shine. – Thomas Aquinas
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. BTW- Did you know there is 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…hahaha!
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?
Here’s what we did:
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LANTERN INTO LIGHT FIXTURE INSTRUCTIONS
- 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
For about $25, we were able to turn the lantern into a light fixture…Salvage Sister and Mister style.
We may end up painting it at some point, but for now, this will do.
BONUS LIFE HACKS
Did you know that you can use a can opener to open those impossible and dangerous plastic packs?
The Mister Demonstrates:
Did you know that a hairdryer helps get those pesky price stickers off?
Here are a few more salvaged style posts we think you will enjoy. And be sure to check back and see how this pantry is coming along.
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