Remember those chandies I snagged from my church’s remodel?   Well there are more left.   So what is next?

A pink trash can!

I shared with you on Monday how my church is going through a remodel and is getting rid off the old, dated chandeliers.   I saved a few of the chandelier arms and have been working my IC brain to figure out ways to repurpose them.

Click here if you missed my lighted end table for my husband’s office.


So far it has been the star of the show at the office.   Well there are more chandeliers to be repurposed.

Here is a reminder of what one of them looked like.


On the inside were 8 sockets for lights.


So after tugging, twisting, turning, clamping, and unscrewing I have everything taken apart and the all the lighting is removed.


I was left with a brassy carcass.     Nice use of words, don’t ya think?

In my studio I didn’t really have a garbage can.   So I hung a plastic bag from my pegboard.   Real classy, I know.


I thought this would be a fun garbage can, but not in its original brass finish.   How about PINK!!!


I lightly sanded all the brassiness with my 3M Sandblaster Pad and then wiped it down.


I sprayed it with Clean Metal Primer by Rustoleum.   After it was dry I sprayed it with some Watermelon spray paint by Krylon.





All I need to do is unscrew the 6 nuts on the top and pop off the bag.   Much cuter than a bag hanging from a pegboard don’t ya think?


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  1. There's that table I was talking about. Does it have velcro too? Did you sew it on?

    You green girl you!

  2. Really creative! Can't wait to see what you do with more of them (I'm assuming there are more?).

  3. That is so cute and creative. However I'm so lazy, I would have to figure out some way to avoid unscrewing the pegs to empty the garbage. But maybe it would be worth it to have such a cute can!

  4. I first thought you went off the deep end….but that's really cute! I can't get it out of my head now…. : )

  5. Wow! You are a great transformer of trash! I hope you have more of those–I would love to see more transformations!

  6. Your creative ideas amaze me! Love your new trash can and the color ::)

  7. do you come up with these ideas? You are amazing! The trash can (it's so hard to call that a trash can) looks great!

  8. I love the light table and the garbage can! Truly amazing ideas you have. I also think it would make a great laundry hamper, with a little removable fabric bag inside. Love your "roadkill" rescues.

  9. Your my kinda gal, I love recycling and finding uses for things. You however have me beat, I love your table and the trash can makes your room alittle brighter. It has given me an idea to try to brighten up my craft room, it needed something and some color will do the job I think

  10. You amaze me! This is one of the cutest trash cans I've seen, and it was practically free too. I really do love it, you're so creative.

  11. That is too freaking cute! I know my church growing up had those same lights… wow – would have never thought of that!

  12. Awesome job!! I love your studio, wish I had an extra room just for me! can't wait to see another one

  13. Hi! Came over here from Isabella and Max Rooms. As others have said, your ability to re-use old objects is brilliant! Just one question about the table you made… if the top is glued on, how do you change the lightbulbs? Just wondering. Thanks!

  14. You've definitely got some real vision with those chandelier fixtures! Great job on the table and the trash can!

  15. I hope you're planning to show the church how you've put their "trash" to such good use. And SO MANY uses:)

  16. I love these church chandie makeovers. I could look at them all day. I think they are so fun! Do you have more? I can't wait to see what you will make next!

  17. Love it! And it's pink, couldn't be more perfect! Who would have thought, a chandelier into a trash can!

  18. That's a wonderful use and the prettiest trash can ever! I was thinking, would attaching some flat weights to underside of the top help you to not have to screw and unscrew bolts? I don't know if it would be enough weight to hold the bag in place but if you are like me (somewhat lazy) it would be worth a try!

  19. Cute and SO creative! If I were you I would not bother unscrewing the top to empty the bag, I'd probably just pour the trash into another bag to empty. 🙂 I love double-sided tape, too! Pick me!

  20. You make the most amazing things from trash! thanks for your blog. It's so inspiring 🙂

  21. I have been following your post for a little while now….this project has to be the best!!
    Your blog makes me 🙂

  22. A few of my rooms have beautiful hanging plastic bags for garbage;)
    Great job- the color is fantastic.

  23. I am running to church to see what I can get my hands on. Pray for creativity for me.

  24. Love it! It's the perfect size for a trash can, and yet it's not looking like a trash can!
    I was thinking may make one into a stool with hidden storage?

  25. You know you got some craftyness in you when you see 'trash' and think 'trash' lol Great idea for repurposing!! I now have garbage can envey!

  26. I love the table and the trash bin. I hope you saved more than those two. You could make things and sell them. Wish I could get my hands on one of them. Great job!

  27. Brassy old carcass be gone! This is the cutest frickin' trash can I've ever seen.
    I'm heading to bed now. You just blew my mind too much for me to tolerate any more from blogland.

  28. Pretty clever. Although I like your table idea better. I think they would also work well outside on a deck or patio as lighted end tables. Maybe with a metal top?

  29. Wow! Great idea….Love it. Too bad my church isn't remodeling!
    Your creative thinking is wonderful.

  30. This is too cute, Beckie. I remember the lighted table, but somehow missed the trash can. Instead of putting the chandelier IN a trash can, you turned it INTO a trash can- brilliant! 🙂

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