Do you ever have old home decor that you like, but just no longer love? That was the case with my outdated brass lantern!
I’d had it for years, which meant it completely clashed with all of my current decor. So…I gave our basement home decor a quick update by spray painting an old lantern!
Nothing was “wrong” with the lantern. It was just old.
As with most of my DIY projects, I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while but envisioned it to be a pain.
Of course, it wasn’t!
If you have an old lantern or frankly just have older decorative items that just don’t fit your current style, this post is for you!
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Steps to Spray Paint Lantern
1. Clean lantern well prior to painting.
I’m attributing the dust to the fact that I just didn’t love this particular lantern, so I avoided it.
Otherwise, I’m sure it would be cleaner;-)
I gave it a good wipe down and cleaned the glass while I was at it!
2. Cover the glass to prepare for spray painting the lantern.
If you are spray painting other home decor, you will won’t need to go through this process.
But, just keep in mind you will want to cover any areas that you do not want paint.
I first measured the approximate size of the glass. Then cut wax paper to fit and taped on with painter’s tape.
This worked really well!
3. Select Your Spray Paint
Since the lantern will be exposed to fairly direct candle flame, I thought it might be wise to use high heat spray paint.
Some was left over from updating our old fire pit. That project made a big difference for our patio!
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I grabbed several of the partial spray paint cans I had left from previous projects.
4. Start painting!
This project was completed outdoors, in our garage. Drop cloths were used to protect the garage floor from paint.
Always be sure you have a well ventilated area when spray painting.
Wearing a mask is also a good idea!
Notice I’m also painting a serving tray!
In one of the above photos you can see it used to be a pretty bright red.
But, unfortunately I never seemed to use it as it didn’t flow with everything else.
So why not paint it, too?!
Two light coats of the high heat spray paint were used allowing about 45 minutes between coats while I was doing other things.
The particular high heat spray paint I used was very matte / flat. So, I did use a very light coat of the Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze on just the outside of the lantern.
A full coverage wasn’t needed. The goal for me was to just give it a bit more depth.
5. Let it dry!
Since I was dealing with fire, I waited a full 24 hours to allow it to fully dry prior to putting a candle inside.
After drying, peel away the painter’s tape and wax paper.
Then there you have it! An new-to-you lantern!
On a side note, do any of you ever use lids to candle jars to place your candle pillars?
Perhaps it’s just me;-)
Super easy and I’m glad I took the time to do it.
I love a project that doesn’t cost me anything (since I had the paint, wax paper, and painter’s tape already!).
The project could easily be squeezed in between other tasks if you will be home for a few hours some afternoon.
Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to hear ways you’ve updated your home decor. Leave a comment below and tell us all about it!
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