Old lantern gets new lease on light

January 12th, 2012 in member junk     
JunkAlley JunkAlley, member
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Here is the old Sears Lantern, shedding light on our beach room and the curio shelf behind it. See my post Me, my shelf, and I.
Here is the old Sears Lantern, shedding light on our beach room and the curio shelf behind it. See my post Me, my shelf, and I.

Here is the old Sears Lantern, shedding light on our "beach room" and the curio shelf behind it. See my post "Me, my shelf, and I."


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
posted in: member junk, cottage, family room, outdoor spaces, porch, bedroom, light fixture, study, sunroom, blue, lamp, beachy

Comments (4)

Lena writes: I just love this lamp, I have some old lamps I can't seem to let go of, but I am not using them. You have given me great inspiration. Thanks, now I gotta go see what else I can discover! Lena
Posted: 1:44 pm on February 25th
chippingcharm writes: Really fun...looks great :) Laurel Posted: 1:18 pm on January 14th
annebell writes: Something like this would look great in my son's room! Very cool! Posted: 2:33 pm on January 12th
MakinItHappen writes: Wow, that is so much fun! I love it. Posted: 10:36 am on January 12th
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