Roadkill Rescued Chandie #2

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?



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

    You green girl you!

  2. The Clines says


  3. Jen @ says

    Love it Beckie!!! That is an awesome idea!


  4. kpmattingly says

    Interesting idea. Looks cute! 🙂

  5. SUper cute! I love it!

  6. razberiswrl says

    That is SO freakin CUTE! I want one!!!

  7. Lois@frugaldecormom says

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

  8. Very cute!! Looks perfect there!

  9. You are so clever!

  10. Traci Elizabeth says

    Adorable! Great thinking

  11. How in the world do you come up with this stuff!? Amazing!!

  12. Just Jo, Joe with no e says

    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!

  13. The Mom @ Babes in Hairland says

    As always – you never cease to amaze me! Extremely cute. Love it!

  14. Wow! You have the best ideas for repurposing!

  15. Amanda @ Serenity Now says

    Prettiest trash can ever!!! 🙂

  16. I really love the color you chose! Such a fun idea.

  17. What a great idea. Trash cans can look so out of place in a room – this totally fits in.

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

  19. Desiree and Lars says

    Your ability to re-purpose astounds me.

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

  21. That is so perfect for your room. I would have never thought of that! Very cute!

  22. That is just way too cute!

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  23. Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal says

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

  24. 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!

  25. so cute! i would love tape! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  26. 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.

  27. Who doesn't love extra tape with all the present wrapping coming up!?

  28. Statham Family Blog says

    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

  29. Papi and Wee Granny says

    Almost Frank Lloyd Wright-ish!
    (I love his designs)
    Well done.


  30. 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.

  31. Beckie, you always have the coolest ideas!

  32. love the new garbage can! so fun

  33. I am amazed at your creativity!

  34. Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says

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

  35. countryhomemaker says

    Ahhhh! I love it! I wish my mind worked like yours! =)

  36. You are just full of ideas! It looks great.

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

  38. michiganhome says

    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!

  39. Denise ~ Paper Ponderings says

    Another amazing creation! Keep 'em coming!!!

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

  41. Handbags*N*Pigtails says

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

  42. Cute idea. Good way to repurpose the light fixture.


  43. 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!

  44. sweet color!
    i've love to win some 3M tape.

  45. I LOVE the trash can idea!!! And the color is fabulous! 🙂

  46. Heidi@TheCraftMonkey says

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

  47. Sanditerese says

    Such a great idea! Love it.

  48. Wow, you are one creative gal!

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  49. 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!

  50. 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!

  51. DanielleCorrelle says


    Love the pink!!

  52. I love the trash can idea! Very creative!

  53. Make Mommy a trash can ……pretty please? ;D

    Love you dearlyyyyyy,

  54. Mimi from Peachy Papaya says

    Haha, this is too cute….

  55. That's hilarious! Creative and functional! It's a keeper! LOL – Karen

  56. blessedintexas says

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

  57. roweaglejacket says

    Great idea and super cute pink trash can!

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

  59. Beckie you are so creative!

  60. Christine:) says

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

  61. I love how you turned into a table for the office…this one cute too!

  62. thejohnsonfour says

    Very cute!!!

  63. Definitely cuter than just a bag! Impressive!

  64. Annie Wilcox Designs says

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

  65. 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?

  66. 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!

  67. Sabrina C. says

    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!

  68. Practically Spent says

    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.

  69. 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?

  70. Another great use for what would otherwise end up in a landfill!

  71. Cute re-do of this one, too. Great idea!

  72. I love the idea of repurposing things from churches. Have you seen the idea of using hymnal holders from the back of pews for book storage in your home?

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

  74. Wow…you just know how to make everything look good! Even trashcans! 🙂
    Melissa S

  75. What a great upcycle!! I LOVe the pink. Saw you over at RHBC. The lighted bench is so cool too. So creative you are. 🙂

  76. 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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