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What Can You Do With A Broken Light Fixture?

Check out the broken light fixture update! You can create a lovely lantern with a cheap thrift store light fixture.

I also found a chandelier that I repurposed for our DIY greenhouse. You can see the Chandelier transformation here.

Create a lovely lantern of course!

I recently found a broken light fixture at a Salvation Army thrift store for just $2.00. It was brass and wood and the glass was completely in tact.  I decided to bring it home to see what I could do with it.   

Remove Broken Pieces

I began the transformation by removing the light fixture’s electrical wiring and interior candles. 

Add Paint for Light Fixture Update

Then remove the decorative metal at the bottom of the light fixture by removing the screws.

This allowed me to spray them with a coat of flat black paint for an updated look.

Finally, paint all the wood trim with two coats of Old White Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan! 

Once everything is dry, reattach the decorative metal pieces to the light fixture.

Broken Light Fixture Update – New Lantern

In order to update the light fixture into a lantern, I added another thrift store find.

The chunky candle holder was only $1.00 and perfect to the bowl shaped brass piece from the light fixture.

Add a battery-operated flicker candle and ta-da, and you have a decorative lantern.

Not bad for a $2.00 Thrift Store Lantern. 

I love trash-to-treasure projects; this project could have been painted in various combinations to work with your decor.  

This will inspire you to look for creative ways to decorate your home on a budget. You can see another trash-to-treasure makeover – How To Repurpose A Silverware Box. It’s perfect for stationary storage or remote-control storage.

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Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Such a great idea. I've passed up so many broken light fixtures and always thought why did they not throw that away?! Well now I know. Cheers to thrifting in 2023!


Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Cindy, Thanks for your encouragement. Happy New Year.


Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

So pretty! I love this idea. Hugs to you, my friend. I’m looking forward to many great hops with you this year.


Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Renae, Thanks so much.

Margie Clements

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Love that idea! Great idea and it looks so good sitting on your table!


Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Margie, Thanks so much and Happy New Year.