People inherit outdated brass light fixtures all of the time. Our lake house had several. We took down all of the light fixtures and fans when we started the renovations. I started to toss them, but now I’m glad I didn’t!
There were 3 such brass and glass light fixtures in the house. We took them down when we removed the popcorn ceiling and began the renovations. I am so sentimental about this place that I couldn’t bring myself to throw them out, but I also knew we wouldn’t put them back up. They stayed in my “treasure room” (aka storage room with my stash of goodies) for a long time. Finally, I decided to take another look. I used my wire cutters and cut out all of the actual electrical wire and light sockets. All I was left with was the brass and glass.
They looked like perfect candidates for lanterns! I thought for a minute about painting the brass, but thank goodness, brass is back in style! So, I cleaned them up and wallah! Cool lanterns! I thought they were perfect for shielding candles from the wind and dressing them up a bit. I tested them out with battery operated candles. Luminara brand candles are my favorite! They are a little on the pricey side, but they last forever! (unlike real candles). They can be programmed on a timer and a remote control is also available for hard to reach places or for all at once on/off action. Plus, battery operated candles are much safer than real candles. Luminara also make outdoor battery operated candles. They are made of a different material that won’t melt so if you buy them make sure you get the right kind for your project. (these are indoor candles so I wouldn’t leave them outside)
On one of the fixtures, I removed the top brass piece and replaced it with a gold wooden finial that I had on hand. I kind of like it!
So, I tried them in different places and I think they look great in several spots. They look festive on the table on the deck.
They also look great flanking the antique pitcher filled with Ligustrum on the kitchen table!
I’m so glad I held onto these light fixtures. I see ones like these all of the time at thrift stores and garage sales for cents on the dollar, and even by the curb. For me, this quick project is a perfect way to breathe new life into these old lights. And I love that these are a part of the history and original to the lake house. One more thing that makes me smile at Happy Hill!