When we moved into our house we turned the little loft space into my husbands office. Since our house was built in the 1970's and apparently ceiling lights were out-lawed then (I'd love any architectural insight into this), our house mostly has sconces.
Such was the case in my husbands office. not only was it a sconce, but it was a very dim & not very attractive sconce. Two bad qualities for a light to posses.
For a long time now we've wanted to make a permanent light fixture out of an old latern. We saw it in one of our rustic decor books. We took our our bad office lighting as an opportunity to make the light fixture we'd always wanted to try. So I sold that ol' sconce & three others that matched it our our bedroom on Craiglist & my hubby got to work creating his masterpiece.
It really was quite easy. He took the bottom out of the lantern & installed a lamp socket. Then just attached some wire to the socket & hooked er' all up. (I'm keeping details kind of vague because I'm not a professional electrician. So if you have no idea what I'm talking about then get someone who knows the business to help you.)
Then he built a base out of barn wood & we screwed it into the wall & it was done. I love how it looks & how we've taken something forgotten about in our bunkhouse & revived it into a light we use everyday. It looks so cool at night shining through the old sixteen pain window we reclaimed. It gives our house personality & cost way less than a new light fixture. Kuddos to my hubby for getting this done.