September 9, 2012

Then and Now

With the benefit of slightly cooler weather here, what could be more appealing than working on a mini makeover project? Before we moved here, this house was having some work done on it. Part of that involved replacing the exterior light fixtures. Mr. B thought one should be saved, so we did. Time passed and the wonderful world of blogs appeared in my vision, filling my life with inspiration. Thus, I began with this:



and its lid:


My helper, Flossie, checked it out:


This piece also seemed like a possibility:


I busted out the trusty spray paint, first planning to use a gloss black, but switching to Plan B Oil-Rubbed Bronze when black was nowhere to be found. Once it was painted and dried, the rest was easy:



Turn the lantern lid upside down on top of the former brass stand, and voila!


An elegant (okay, that's a stretch), make that a nice footed container, ready to fill with a candle, leaves or whatever else is available. Stay tuned to see what happens to the main part of the light fixture at a later date. I want to list this with Susan's Met Monday party at Between Naps on the Porch Met Monday. This  cost $0.00 because all of the parts, including paint, were already here.  How long has it been since you looked at things you already have in a new way for a different use?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Michele


9 comments:

Tricia said...

Very clever, indeed, and it looks great! You'll have fun decorating the "new" piece in different ways!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Flossie knows her stuff! Love thinking outside the box and being creative with all those thrift shop finds!
Kelly

Shanee @ LivingLifeSouthernStyle said...

Very nice! Love the transformation and the "new" way to use an old item...great job and inspiration! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Between Naps on the Porch.

the cape on the corner said...

i love your helper! she looks like my helper, too. what a neat project, too.

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Angela @ Number Fifty-Three said...

This is such a cool transformation! I love when you can take something and repurpose it into a totally different item! Flossie is adorable, too! I'm now following your blog.

Angela

A Walk in the Countryside said...

Very clever! Looks great and just in time for Fall!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That is a nice footed container!
Very clever!

We're finally experiencing some cooler weather here in Georgia so I'm taking advantage of it and trying to get some garden projects done.

What a brutal summer it's been!

Junky Vagabond said...

Nice repurpose! It turned out lovely :)