Old lantern gets new lease on lightJanuary 12th, 2012 in member junk
I grew up camping, where dinner was cooked and stories told under the hissing light of kerosene lanterns. I've picked up a few vintage green Colemans in the alleys, but spotted this old Sears model at a garage sale. I grabbed it for five bucks, not really knowing what I'd do with it, other than admire it.
I showed it to my neighbor, Cindy -- who is another dedicated junker and had accompanied me on many alley hunting trips -- and she suggested we wire it up as a hanging light. She has boxes of vintage lamp parts, and we found just what we needed.
We unscrewed and re-arranged the brass fittings inside to get them out of the way of the bulb, but keep it looking authentic. I hung it using a rusty old safety chain from a trailer I bought.
We love the way it casts light, showing through the holes in the black enameled top. And it gives the room the feeling of camping on the beach, all year long.
This is a really simple project for anyone who wants the same feel.
Pattern or design used: My own design
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