Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pottery Barn Inspired Lantern

I found these lanterns sitting in my parents barn.  I love going to snoop through the barn.  There's always something interesting out there. 

I've been seeing black lanterns all over the place in stores lately...Ikea...William Sonoma Home...and POTTERY BARN!  These looked a little rough but it wasn't anything a good cleaning and some black spraypaint wouldn't fix.  I actually painted these over the summer and I hadn't really found anything to do with them yet...until...Mom was showing me the newest Pottery Barn catalogue.  I saw this....

Malta Lantern, Small, Bronze finish

The smallest one has acorns in it.  The smallest one is also $29.00 (the largest is $99.00).  Today, my friend and coworker went to a local orchard store after work so I could buy persimmon pulp.  While I was there, I happened to notice the HUGE bin of mixed nuts in their shells.  They were perfect.  $7.00 worth of mixed nuts later I was out the door. 

I came home and sat up shop on my usual workbench...our chest freeer in the garage.  I couldn't use my husband's workbench right now even if he would let me.  It's covered with trellis pieces (yes, I'm still waiting on that).  Years of barn filth isn't easy to clean up, and this was round 2 of the cleaning process.  I cleaned the inside with my Dyson handheld and cleaned the glass.

The pillar candle I had is kind of nasty.  I'll be buying a new one ASAP...as well as one to go in the other matching lantern.  After it was cleaned, I put the candle in and added some mixed nuts around the base.  Luckily, there's enough for lantern #2.

And now it's in it's new home in our living room.  I just hope the little turd we call our dog leaves it alone. 

I'm posting to the following parties:
Lucky Linky Tuesday @ Lucky Star Lane
Toot Your Own Horn Tuesday @ Silly Little Sparrow
Make It Yours Day @ My Backyard Eden
Show Off Your Stuff @ Fireflies and Jellybeans
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
A Crafty Soiree @ Yesterday on Tuesday
Get Your Craft On Thursday @ Life As Lori
Passion for Paint @ Mural Maker & More
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple
Make It 4 Monday @ Cottage Instincts
All About You Monday @ Texas Monkey


  1. Nuts chells decoration is very good idea. When I see a lantern I imagine a romantic dinner in garden.

  2. How awesome! You and that black spray paint! You are taking over the decorating world one can at a time ;)

  3. Fab makeover. I want one! Thanks for linking up!

  4. Looks great! I love paint.

    Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

  5. Great job! What a great idea to use nuts as filler for the bottom, kind of like stones.

  6. This is a great idea, I love it! I'd love for you to link this up with our party and show it off. http://texasmonkey.blogspot.com/2010/10/all-about-you-monday-link-up.html

  7. Very cute! I just love budget friendly seasonal decor. Congrats on your new marriage!!~

  8. Looks great...would love to have someones barn to snoop around in for great finds :) Isn't Pottery Barn great for the inspiration?

  9. Thanks for linking up to Passion for Paint. Stop by again soon!

    I also started http://FengShuiSavvy.blogspot.com. Drop by sometime!

  10. Great job, I love your PB inspired lanterns and you did a great job at a much better price point. Amazing what a little paint can do! I'm glad you borrowed their idea to use the acorns inside, that is really fun! Thanks for sharing with us at A Crafty Soiree! Please join us next time too!

  11. Megan these are fabulous! Great work...
    Thanks for joining us at A Crafty Soiree. Hope to see you tomorrow.

  12. These are seriously amazing!!! Way to go on the wonderful transformation, girly! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your adorable blog and I'd love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! Be sure to link up your sweet creations each Friday-Sunday at my Fabulous Friday Finds party! Hope to see you there!!
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~