Trash To Treasure: Upcycled Light To Vase

January 30, 2013

Sometimes the most unlikely objects can turn from trash to treasure.

Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Light to Vase created by @Jenna_Burger,

As we’ve been changing the light fixtures throughout our home over the last 3 years (I’m pretty sure every. single. one. has now been updated), most went straight to the curb.  A few weekends ago when the last old, brassy light came down in the upstairs hallway, it was half way to the trash, until I had a thought…

Could I upcycle it into something else?  But what?? A cloak?  Another light?  A vase?  Should I spray paint it or leave it brass?  Lots of thoughts were brewing.

Of course, I forgot to take a pick of the light in it’s old home, but here’s what it looked like right after taken down from the ceiling.

Dust and all…

Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Light to Vase created by @Jenna_Burger,

After giving it a good scrubbing, I decided to leave the brassy finish (I liked the warm hue) and use it as an accessory to hold a vase.  A vase within a vase.  Yes!  Perfect!

I removed the base (which I was going to you as a candle stick, but it all fell apart), as well as the wires.

Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Light to Vase created by @Jenna_Burger,

And then within minutes it went from ugly to this treasure…

Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Light to Vase created by @Jenna_Burger,

O, you know how I love to spend $0 and shop my home!

Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Light to Vase created by @Jenna_Burger,

Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Light to Vase created by @Jenna_Burger,

Trash to Treasure: Upcycled Light to Vase created by @Jenna_Burger,

I’m in love! Such a silly thing made into something spectacular.  For now it sits on the coffee table, but I’ve got other ideas for my new found treasure.  We’ll see where my thoughts and ideas take me…

What items have you upcycled in your home?  How have you made treasure out of trash?

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  1. Great idea! This blog post inspires me to re-look at items in “out of the box” way. Thanks for sharing how you used the old light fixture…will be looking out for it in future posts.
    Miss Kitty recently posted..Sweaters For Your Vases

  2. I love it! What a great idea! I bet we all have some of those laying around somewhere in the garage! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Leslie Stewart @ House on the Way recently posted..Valentine’s Day Bowl Full of Cherries

  3. Hi Jenna: Just stumbled across your wonderful site as I was blog-browsing. Great content! Yes – I’m a frugal-finds kind of gal – and to me, reuse that was previously a necessity is now a passion. I have a vintage/collectibles booth on our small town square here in Indiana, and have started blogging about my adventures as a 60ish/newlywed-of-six-years/recent-retiree experiencing country life as a newbie.

    I’ve gotten intrigued with your idea of reuse of out-of-date light fixtures. Your vase idea is brilliant. My own inspirations have gone from turning animal print sweaters into pillow covers, to picking up paper towel holders (lovely marble ones) to use as extra tissue paper holders in the bathrooms.

    Hope to visit you again soon!! Claudia
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  1. […] Sometimes you don’t have to go far for beauty. I turned this old brass light into a stylish new vase / candle holder. […]

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