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Easy Spray Paint Update

Do you ever think “I need to just throw this rusty thing away”? Well, Stop right there.

This is an Easy Spray Paint Update that will have your rusty pieces looking brand new.

I have had a couple of black lanterns for several years. They have only been used outdoors and therefore, have developed a lot of rusty areas.

I was ready to toss the lanterns and buy new.

I’m so glad that inspiration struck.

Easy Spray Paint Update

First, I was willing to throw away the old lanterns because I didn’t want the tedious task of covering all the glass to prevent paint getting on it.

Then I investigated the inside of the lanterns and realized that I could remove the glass before painting.

The metal tabs are at the top and bottom of the glass and they bend easily with your fingers.

This made the update so much easier. All you need to do is determine how the glass is being held in the frame. In this case, it was easy to bend the metal tabs away from the glass and then remove. No tools were necessary.

Time to Paint

I was amazed at how easy the glass was to remove.

We had just added some copper landscape lights around the pool area and I decided that painting the lanterns copper would give them a fresh updated look.

Rust-oleum has a beautiful copper spray paint in a hammered finish. I used this paint for several projects last year and knew it would be a great look on the lanterns. See 10 Tips for Free Fall Decorating to learn about more spray paint projects.

You will want to wash and dry the pieces of glass before adding them back to the lantern.

Finally, place each glass piece back into position and secure by bending the metal tab back in place.

The lanterns look perfect on the picnic tablescape that I’m planning this week.

If you prefer to use a brush, you can easily update your projects with chalk paint as well. See this tutorial on How To Use Chalk Paint.

Watch video tutorial

Don’t toss a rusty lantern! Update it easily with #rustoleumspraypaint ! Perfect for our Summer Picnic #diyproject

♬ Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

See how I used these updated lanterns on my inspired picnic table setting ideas.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope this inspired you to think before throwing away old home decor. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

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Saturday 16th of July 2022



Saturday 16th of July 2022

Miche, Thanks so much.


Monday 11th of July 2022

That was easy and it looks amazing!


Monday 11th of July 2022

Yes, Thanks Stacy.


Monday 11th of July 2022

Absolutely gorgeous, what a difference I have to grab some of that spray. Thanks for sharing.xx


Monday 11th of July 2022

Janette, I'm glad you liked this.