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Vintage Living-Repurposed Lighting Ideas

November 12, 2014

When it comes to designing a space, lighting is one of those essential details that should never be overlooked. I have a bit of a fascination with this design element. A year ago while browsing my favorite shop on Long Island I found this beautiful rewired vintage schoolhouse pendant. I had no idea where I would put it, as we already had all of our permanent lighting in place but I just knew it would be perfect somewhere. My family room was always in need of more illumination so I hung it over our desk area & wouldn’t you know it, that it is the first thing people see & ask about as they walk in. A great light fixture can set a mood, create conversation and give that aesthetic you are looking for. Repurposing something old and worn into lighting is an affordable way to express your signature style & achieve a custom look in your home. Here are some of my favorites…

BHG cottage style kitchen with vintage chandelier

It can be as simple as rewiring an old fixture with a beautiful patina. The aged texture gives a warmth to this bright & cheerful kitchen.

A clam basket has been transformed into a visual masterpiece. This modern and updated kitchen has blended new with old seamlessly. No doubt this generates fun conversation.  This perfectly aged basket has made for a living room showpiece. The aged texture brings the whole space together and makes it feel unified.

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Original vintage pendants have been redesigned together for one unified piece and is attached with an aged piece of reclaimed wood. This creative, one of a kind DIY gives an authentic farmhouse feel.

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Another fabulous idea using reclaimed wood and vintage blue mason jars. This fixture anchors the space and brings a warmth with the original wood tones.

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Transforming this brass bowl into a kitchen pendant is a brilliant idea. All of the textures and tones work seamlessly in this kitchen to give a unique and one of a kind look that is classic & stylish.

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Even a trash can makes for a showstopper of a fixture. The modern look, geometric design and warm finish blends nicely in this hip family room.

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Repurposing materials can also yield a great result. Who would have thought chicken wire could look so chic. Combining this texture with the warmth of the embroidery hoop gives a true farmhouse aesthetic.

I hope these inspired you to look twice at some cast away items at your local thrift store or flea market, I know it did for me.

Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse

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