Lantern DIY

I realized as I was editing the photos for this DIY, that maybe, I might, just a little, have a thing for black lately.  Wanted to admit I recognized it, but probably won’t stop.  I really like to use what I have on hand for DIY’s, and I happened to have leftover black paint.  I am also loving black as a feature colour and think it can really make the design pop.

I found the lantern above at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store for $8, the glass was in great shape and for the size that is a steal of a deal!  I was going to keep the lantern as is since it still looked great, but when I decided to makeover my patio I thought this piece would be a great addition. Remember the patio inspiration?  I have a gold, red, and black colour palette.  See  below.

There you go, a statement lantern for my new patio, it’s a perfect fit, and a total bargain.  Here is how I made over this lantern.  This is a really simple DIY, and you could apply the steps to any new thrift store find!

STEP 1: Materials – black paint, gold spray paint, roller, tape, sandpaper (all leftover items from previous projects) Missing: the paint brush I eventually used and the garbage bag that helped protect the lantern from the gold spray paint.

STEP 2: Tape and cover the outside.  Since this DIY needed to happen in stages, I cover the lantern body and wood underneath first in order to spray the gold spray paint.  (Note:  If spraying inside I would advise wearing a mask and opening all windows for ventilation.)

STEP 3: Spray – This spray paint goes on so easily and looks really even.  I never get any bubbles or little holes like I can with other brands.

STEP 4: Tape again.  Once the gold has dried tape off the edges so you can paint the  body of the lantern without worrying about ruining the first step.  I usually wait a day or two in between so the tape does not peel off the spray paint.  Once you’ve done that you can paint.  I recommend two coats for an even finish.

STEP 5: Once dry, you can style however you like.  The reason I really liked this lantern was because the bottom is open so there are so many different ways to style this piece.

I found a set of three vintage gold pots for $6 from my local Salvation Army Thrift Store and added some red and white flowers for the patio makeover.  The little details on these vintage pots are gorgeous.

If you are looking for flowers, you can easily try a local garden centre, or I found my local florist had a great selection of plants for spring at an affordable price.

The black and gold together look so great!  I don’t know if I will keep the candle votives or try large candles?  I didn’t want to get wax on my newly painted lantern! What do you think?  Votives or large candles?

The reason I love shopping at thrift stores is because there are so many amazing finds you can easily update on a budget.  Something might look old and outdated but with a little paint it can look like a modern piece.  Remember to always have an inspiration piece, as you can see in my patio makeover collage I have large black lanterns.  I knew I wanted lanterns to add a nice soft light, and it was simple to paint an existing lantern black.

Next week in my patio series I will be exploring a few ways to bring the party outside.  During the summer months whether you have a large backyard or a small patio, you have more living space, so let’s take advantage!  I am going to be sharing some tips on how to get your outdoor space ready for summer, oh, and of course a few parties!



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