Putting a Little Light on the Subject!

February 3rd, 2010 in member junk     
CottageElements Lanette Lorsung, editor
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What do you do when you come across a dilapidated wood settee and a set of vintage cup holders?  Why you make a wall sconce of course!
I purchased three of these bathroom cup holders at a flea market a few years back for $5 a piece.  They work perfect to hold candles.
I dismantled the settee, and took the back piece (which was already painted white) and attached the cup holders.   Instant  wall sconce!
These small juice glasses are new, but thought they would be cool accents to the cup holders. 
All I needed now was some candles.  You can use tea lights, too, but I just liked the looks of these.
I think it fits perfectly above the vintage desk I have.
And I love this Family sign above it.  A local photographer created the letters from architectural pieces in the area.  Ive seen them in catalogs, but love the fact that its from my community!
A small portion of my white pottery adds the finishing touches!
What do you do when you come across a dilapidated wood settee and a set of vintage cup holders?  Why you make a wall sconce of course!

What do you do when you come across a dilapidated wood settee and a set of vintage cup holders?  Why you make a wall sconce of course!

I came across a delapitated wood settee at a yard sale for a mere $5.  I couldn't pass it up.  But when I got it home, I decided it was beyond repair.  So what's a junker to do?  Why make something else out of it of course!


Pattern or design used: My own design - Lanette of Cottage Elements
posted in: member junk, vintage, metal, wood, cottage, candle holder, fun, family room, white, bedroom, bathroom, aluminium-metallic

Comments (25)

grabe writes: Grt idea looks darling Posted: 6:30 am on June 29th
CottageElements writes: Again, thanks, y'all, for all the great comments. It kind of came together by accident, and I liked how it turned out. But then again, sometimes things are better when they happen by accident :) As to selling it, AlteredSoul, it actually had been for sale. But now that I have it up, I may just have to keep it. It would probably be hard to ship it anyway, unless your a local Minnesotan? I may then just change my mind. LOL!

Lani Posted: 11:48 pm on February 8th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Lani - This project is absolutely adorable. I just love each and every piece of it! Nice work!
Candy Posted: 10:05 pm on February 6th
TinTinJunkFan writes: This is just beautiful... Posted: 2:44 pm on February 5th
Cynyth writes: This is so nice! Love how you incorporated the different elements. Gorgeous! Posted: 8:52 am on February 5th
writes: Well done Lani!
Posted: 11:19 pm on February 4th
Christina_S writes: This is so wonderful, those cup holders are so neat! A lovely piece. Posted: 12:59 pm on February 4th
JunkArchitect writes: Lani, quite the elegant junk project you’ve created. The cup holders worked out perfect…beautiful job.

Posted: 10:41 am on February 4th
junkfestgirl writes: This is really cool....I love how the cupholders are all different styles. Posted: 9:18 am on February 4th
Grasshopper22 writes: Pulled together perfectly...I really like your family picture. Posted: 8:56 am on February 4th
chippingcharm writes: Love it Lani...I have some vintage (very crusty) cup holders hanging as sconces in my bathroom but I love how you tied it all together with the wood piece...it really finishes the look. Way cool, Laurel Posted: 8:25 am on February 4th
fellowjunker writes: Love how you re-purposed this beautiful piece of wood...those vintage cup holders are gorgeous, and a great find!
xojanis Posted: 1:35 am on February 4th
shabbychick writes: Lani - beautiful, elegant AND an awesome repurpose! You know I love your style - and the soothing "whites" in your home!

The architectural FAMILY sign is very cool!

Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Posted: 11:28 pm on February 3rd
AlteredSoul writes: Oooohhhh!!! I want one!!!! Or two!!! Would you consider selling? Please let me know!!!! LoVe iT!!!!!!! ;)


Shonda Posted: 8:45 pm on February 3rd
alicemom writes: Lani,
That is so darling! I will be on the lookout for some cool cup holders! I know it is a shock but I have an architectural piece that would be perfect! So inspiring.
smiles, alice Posted: 7:10 pm on February 3rd
oldnews writes: Lani, everything you do becomes something so elegant! This is so beautiful! your home must be spectacular! Marie Posted: 5:46 pm on February 3rd
Heavenly_Treasures writes: LANETTE,
You have some cute idea's. I just feel sorrow for all the husbands around the country what they have to put up with.and a large swap meet on top of that.I had 36 years of all kinds of things with junk, I know what this is all about.You see I still love to see what everyone does,so it still has a effect on me.YOU HAVE A NICE DAY.ROBERT. Posted: 3:59 pm on February 3rd
junkermidge writes: That is very cool! And the family sign using things in town is cool, too! You're always very inspiring.
Midge Posted: 3:45 pm on February 3rd
54girl writes: Very cute idea! Love the holders!! Will be on the look out for those! And I agree you could use tea lights but I like the look you used too. The family sign is such a neat idea! I'll be looking around our hometown now. It all came together just perfect! Love it!! Mary Posted: 2:27 pm on February 3rd
RustyDiva writes: Love this entire project Lani but I have to admit that those cup holders are the best! What a lucky find and at such a great price. I always try to look at a trashed piece and see if at least one part of it can be used and very cool that you did too. Looks great in your home!

Kenda Posted: 1:36 pm on February 3rd
ninnarae writes: Very creative! I love to see how lots of parts come together for such a charming result! I love the family sign, too- my daughter took architectural photos around town to make a sign of our eleven-letter last name- it made a most special gift for our family! Posted: 1:21 pm on February 3rd
CottageElements writes: Oops, sorry. I should have explained that more. It was a wood settee with just a cushion seat. I thought when I bought it, it could be repaired. My hubby just shook his head. Lucky I found something else to do with it :)


PS Thanks for your kind comments...the people on this site are the bestest! Posted: 1:04 pm on February 3rd
OnEaglesWings writes: Thanks for shopping by and your kind comments on 'my junk'! How clever to make this into a candle holder...one of a kind..just the way I like things! So now I'm sure I'll be on the lookout for some cupholders!

Susie Posted: 12:50 pm on February 3rd
thepurplesquirrel writes: Sorry ok think I see the back piece of wood came from the settee right? And forgot to mention that I admire your work with it. Posted: 12:02 pm on February 3rd
thepurplesquirrel writes: I thought a settee was a couch like piece of furniture? How did you use it to make this? Posted: 11:57 am on February 3rd
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