Sunday, February 3, 2013

Metal Lantern Revamp with Chalk Paint & Wax

There is a small mountain in our garage that's been accumulating over time.
A mountain of thrift store beauties just waiting for a bit of love.
Hmm, maybe that's the wrong analogy.
A mountain would give the impression that it's all piled in one place.

I think this is more like... a tornado.

The aftermath.

Yep, that's it!
Stuff scattered everywhere.
No plan, no organization.
I'm sure you can picture it so I'll spare you the actual visual.

You're welcome.

This week I finally got off my rear-end and plucked some junk from the mess.

Meet exhibit "A".

A little metal lantern with some unfortunate flower-vine things.

Now it should be noted here, that I am not one to discriminate against my junk.
Being unfortunate looking is not it's fault, I just accept it as a challenge and move forward.
(If you don't believe me, see my Pharmacy Lamp!)

A pair of tin snips and elbow grease, and this baby began to take on a new life.

Once I removed those vines, and a good layer of dust, there was nothing left to do but paint.

I started by slopping on a layer of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg Blue. (I love that stuff!!)
Then did an even worse job of randomly adding some grey, Anita's acrylic craft paint in Charcoal.
And finished it off by lightly brushing on some Annie Sloan Dark Wax.

I knew there was a beauty lurking underneath those nasty ol' vines.

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  1. Jeannine, that looks amazing! Who would have ever thought to put ASCP on there. Not me! I have a few lanterns around here that could benefit from your talents as well. And a tornado too! I really like what you did. And I think clipping off the little flowers was a good idea too. You gave it a whole new, up to date look. Well done!


  2. Love the lantern update. I have thrift shop projects to do too.

  3. Very impressive transformation! It looks lovely now!!

  4. That turned out wonderful - love how aged you've made it look
    Great job!

  5. Wished all my "junk" could transform into this jewel in the rough!! Beautiful!

  6. Wow, great transformation. I've got two old lanterns sitting outside practically falling apart and now I'm motivated to see if I can revive them!
    ~ Dawn

  7. WOW! You did an amazing job! I think we've all had those black lanterns before. I would never think to do this. I'm your newest follower ;)
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

  8. I love it! I have a ton of lanterns that are not being used! I never thought of chalk paint! Have a blessed week!

  9. Looks wonderful! Who would've guessed it used to be covered in vines?! Great work!


  10. You've breathed new life into this lantern - it's much better!

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  12. That is such a cute lantern now! Wow, great job!

  13. Looks like it came straight from Pottery Barn at a very high price!

  14. This is great! I love that paint color. I get a lot of satisfaction out of turning junk into something pretty.

  15. Great idea - I have lots of lanterns but some of the colors are just eh! I do have some ASCP and I'll try your technique!

  16. I had to stop and take a look at this project. First, I'll just say that I have a major jonesin' for lanterns. Second, I love the color! I never thought about redoing a lantern. Great idea and job well done :)


  17. Hi Jeannine, I have a couple of black lanterns that I plan on painting gray. Yours looks wonderful and has given me the push to get painting. Thanks for joining the Open House party. xx, Sherry

  18. Gorgeous! Love the idea of updating lanterns like this! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. I love how it turned out!! Found you linked up and Keep Calm and Link Up :)


  20. I love this! And I've heard some awesome things about that paint, I'm going to have to try it out.

  21. What a brilliant idea! Someone just gave me a black lantern for free and I was trying to figure out what to do with it. I'm definitely inspired now :)

  22. It looks like a completely different what you did to it and the color is Oh so pretty. Good job... I know what you mean about a mountain of junk and thrifted items waiting for transformation in the garage. I only wish it was a 3 car instead of a 2 car ;)). Thanks for sharing, Blessings, Linda

  23. it doesn't look like the same lantern. it is gorgeous and shabby and oh so chic!

  24. This would have taken quite a bit of time! I love the results. Amazing lantern.

  25. Oh- SUPER cute! I have a very similar lantern (minus the vines, and in a very loud, shiny silver color) that I got for super cheap with the goal of re-purposing it, this is perfect!! Thanks for sharing at Pin It Thursday

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  27. Do you have to use a heat resistant paint when re-purposing a lantern like this? I'm planning on doing something similar as centerpieces for a friend's wedding...

    1. This lamp is for use with a tea light, and I haven't had any problems with the paint at all. I wouldn't think heat resistant paint would be necessary.

      ~ Jeannine


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