We had another fantastic day of shanty shopping… Ashley and I decided to spend the 6 precious hours we have from drop-off to pick-up of the kids at school trolling the local HomeGoods and Marshalls stores. My youngest was still with us but I will say that 1 was quite easier than 5. Our trolling paid off. One of my favorite shantys I found that day was this super cute lantern. This was actually a collaborative effort on both our parts. Ashley was about an aisle ahead of me so she actually spotted to lantern first. She showed it to me… I begged… she gave it to me… Perfect! Thanks Ashley!


The lantern was clearanced to $12 with no huge damage… It does sit kind of lopsided but I figured I could fix that at home. This was another pretty simple makeover. I took all the glass out of the lantern. I then sprayed the whole thing with Valspar vanilla satin paint. The original color wasn’t bad but it was a bit stark for my house. After letting that dry, I lightly sanded the edges and put the glass back in. Now I needed to dress her up… I had some extra decorative balls and a fun “G” my mom bought me in Waco. They will work for now. I can’t wait to fill it with pumpkins in a few months and who knows for Christmas…. We will see! I will be sharing this fun shanty turned chic at Thrifty Finds over at Southern Hospitality… Check it out! http://southernhospitalityblog.com/labor-day-weekend-sales/ I will also be sharing this lovely over at The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday… Love this blog… go check it our ladies!
http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/2009/09/frugal-friday-linky-party.html

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  1. love this! i have tons of leftover lanterns from my wedding, i need to try to repurpose some of them!!

    stop by my Goodwill party every Wednesday and link up your thrifty finds!!

  2. Looks great! I love the letter and balls inside of it. Oh, the possibilities are endless for that little beauty! Great find.

  3. Thanks for joining the party! This is a great find! I just love the idea of putting a letter inside! How cute is that?