Vintage barn or railroad lanterns come in many shapes, sizes and colors and make great accent pieces to your rustic decor.
There is just something warm about the look of a worn lantern that once lit the way for a man hard at work.
When I first purchased this barn lantern, it was covered in so much grime I wasn’t even sure of the color underneath.
It cleaned up nice though and even the glass is now crystal clear. The lantern is now in fine shape to display in a house or cabin!
You can also find lanterns with different color glass.
I picked up a small black railroad lantern that was missing the glass completely. Luckily, it’s not hard to find replacement glass and I purchased a red globe to put inside.
I love the look:
Here are some ways that you can decorate with old lanterns:
This display was actually used at a rustic wedding. The rusted lantern works perfectly here!
A Beach Cottage has the right idea by hanging this cool lantern from the door knob. The vintage door makes a perfect backdrop for the worn lantern.
This lantern from Pure Style Home looks so pretty against all the blue.
A simple collection of lanterns hanging from a wall or beam would make quite a statement on their own. The varieties of shapes, sizes and colors would make for an interesting grouping.
A little cubby is a great place to tuck an old lantern with flowers and a candle!
I love the white on white! With white being a popular shabby chic color, I can picture this lantern in all kinds of rooms!
Have you collected any old lanterns to use in decorating? Have you been inspired to start? Let me know your thoughts!