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faux lantern chandelier

November 5, 2010

Last spring was the first time we visited the Round Top antiques market.  We made a number of purchases that have all added character to our home.  One vendor had buckets full of oversized old keys, so naturally we grabbed a handful.  She also had a dozen or so rusty lanterns.  We bought three, not quite knowing what they would become.

But as is usually the case, there was an empty corner in the bedroom that needed some extra attention, so I transformed the lanterns into a faux swag chandelier (not powered) with utility wire, jute string, and link chain leftover from a previous light fixture installation.


While my cautious nature wards away the temptation to burn actual candles, I do think battery powered votives might add a nice glow.  Just haven’t gotten to that quite yet…



Oh, and while we’re on the subject of the charming appeal of old items, can I just please repost one of the sweetest additions of an old door to an interior that I have seen in a long time?  This pretty interior from the blog, Love & Photographs.

Thank you for dropping by 🙂




Linking to

{Re}create into Something New at Not So Simple Housewife
Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Inspired by You Wednesday at Eisy Morgan
Share the Love Wednesday at Very Merry Vintage Style
Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
15 Comments leave one →
  1. November 5, 2010 3:30 pm

    You’re creativity continues to amaze me, Diane!

    How fabulous is this candelier? And yes, I agree….I can just see some battery powered votives giving a lovely glow!

    And can I just tell ya? I LOVE that door! I so love the ‘distressed look.’

    Wishing you and C a beautiful weekend!


  2. November 7, 2010 1:13 am

    too cute! i love your repurposing and it shouldn’t be too tough to get that door’s look, eh? would look really cute in the same corner as the lantern, maybe!

  3. November 8, 2010 12:56 am

    Fabulous! They are super cute. 🙂

  4. November 8, 2010 7:36 pm

    I love objects in random places. Now I just need to find an old door lying around…

  5. February 6, 2011 4:22 am

    Loving that olden door..:))

  6. February 6, 2011 3:55 pm

    looove the orange on that door! and love the old lantern chandy!

    come visit me-

  7. February 6, 2011 3:55 pm

    oh, my site is

  8. February 6, 2011 5:21 pm

    Oh wow, those are fabulous lanterns! They are totally talking to me! Such a unique idea for a chandy too. I’d be tempted to wire them up and use them with electricity. Very cool!


  9. Pamela Manes permalink
    February 6, 2011 5:42 pm

    Love your lovely, rusty lanterns! And love that pic at the end—lots of inspiration to choose from there.

  10. July 8, 2011 6:01 pm

    very cool!! I’ve never seen lanterns as a chandelier! I’ll have to say i’m digging it!! thanks for sharing!!

  11. July 19, 2011 11:07 pm

    oh, wow – this is very lovely…xoxo, tracie

  12. July 22, 2011 7:00 pm

    I love love love it! Soo great! Thanks for sharing with {re}create into something new!


  13. July 23, 2011 7:27 pm

    Hi Diane, I love this idea! The lanterns are wonderful and how creative of you to turn them into a chandy. Tanks for joining the Open House party this week.

  14. July 26, 2011 11:43 pm

    Cool lanterns; love how you used them! Thanks for linking to Share the Love Wednesday!


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