Lantern Makeover

3 Materials
1 Hour
I was at a home improvement store, and in the garden department, for some reason they had these on clearance:
I had removed the 4 pieces of glass that make the lanterns sides and cleaned it up a bit.Anyone that really knows me, knows I love to makeover or change something up! So, I took a can of Rustoleum Stop Rust Spray Paint and sprayed the whole thing. It was less than $4. Don’t you just hate it when you buy something for the outdoors and it rusts because they didn’t prepare it properly.
I realize after painting it with the white, that the original finish wasn't very smooth. It really shows up with the lighter color. Perhaps this is why they were on clearance. This stuff is really good. So after I let it dry, I painted the top with  Rustoleum Metallic copper paint It's a newer color, copper is really in now less than $4
When it was dry, I went over the places that I made a mistake on....that happens to all of us. I used a sanding sponge. It's very fine grit, so it doesn't mess up the paint, just removes the places the paint had dripped.
After I was done with that I painted the bottom half with a off white spray paint.  Rustoleum Navajo Paint. I put the glass back in!

So tonight I'm sitting here, looking at the lantern, something was bothering me. It wasn't pretty enough. So I thought of this sample book I have had for many years. All metallic s and foils. I picked one out, and cut two of them back-to-back and glued them together. I used the glass as a guide to make sure they were right. I then glued it to the outside of the back. If I put it in front, It wouldn't show the arches. This is what it looks like now:
It is so pretty now in the day or night. It looks pretty from the back also, because I put the pieces back to back. It took 5 minutes. What do you think now?
Suggested materials:
  • Rustoleum Metallic Copper Spray Paint   (Walmart)
  • Rustoleum Stop Rest   (Walmart)
  • Rustoleum Navajo White Spray Paint   (Walmart)
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