Here's a look at my latest thrift store find and encore creation. I'm sure you've seen these at your thrift store before. I'm calling it a "builder's grade light fixture. Passed them by before, but not this time.
I wanted a lantern for my patio and I wanted it to be a little different from those I'd seen in stores and I wanted it to be cheaper too. This fixture was a great size, it's 9 x 17". With the senior day discount, this baby was around $7.00. To be honest, I didn't want to spend much more than that. Half off would have been better, but it was now or...
There wasn't a lot to do but gut it and mask the glass panes for painting. I knew I didn't want the typical black lantern, so I checked out the available stash of spray paint in my "paint closet" (otherwise known as the garage). Just what I needed, Rust-oleum Hammered Bronze. It isn't so shiny and brassy, more toned down, rustic.
Next, I cut a scrap piece of wood for a base. What a surprise it was to have difficulty marking the desired shape and size. I discovered that the whole thing was warped and it was a little challenging to measure and get all 6 sides even. Anyway, I finally settled on a base that looked somewhat even, cut and sanded it. To mark the holes for the screws at each “hinge” I put a drop of paint on each screw to mark drilling holes.
I don’t plan of painting or staining the base.
I set a flame less candle in the center and placed the lantern on its base, added pebbles that I bought last year at IKEA and …
Done and I love it!
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