Black Matte Spray Painted Lantern
Learn how to transform an aged lantern into a gorgeous one – This black matte spray painted lantern is my latest thrift store makeover. I had a hard time finding an item to make over this month, but when I saw this poor, worn lantern I just wanted to take it home and make it pretty again.
Here is the lantern I found. When I saw this lantern in our local thrift shop I took a double-take before it was almost two feet tall. I liked the look and shape, but the $12.99 price tag was more than I typically spend on a thrifted item. I’m always looking for a crazy deal on decor items that can be transformed into a DIY project.
Clean the Lantern
This lantern was DIRTY! I first tried to just wipe it down with some wet paper towel, but it has caked on sticky spots. So I pulled out the Goo Be Gone. That stuff will cut through the grease and grime. I let it sit for a couple of minutes before wiping it off. Then I wiped again with a wet paper towel to remove any residual stickiness left over. If you don’t have Goo be Gone, you could try white vinegar. That usually does a great good job too.
Then I cleaned off the inside with the candles. I just used a wet paper towel it the dirt came off easily.
Tape off the Glass
Next I used painter’s tape to cover the entire area of glass. Using painter’s tape will allow your glass to be protected, but also allows you to pull the tape off easily when you’re done painting and the lantern is dry. This definitely is one of the the easiest ways to deal with spray painting around glass.
Spray Paint The Metal Parts
I wanted to use leftover spray paints that I had on hand. I had a cheap flat black spray paint, which I think works excellent as a primer. So I took my latern out back and gave it one coat of flat black spray paint. I let it dry about 10 minutes.
Then I used a Matte Black Paint and Primer in One spray paint. This spray paint gave beautiful coverage. I gave a light first coat on all the metal on the outside of the lantern. Matte finishes paint look glossy when they are wet but dry without a sheen.
After a couple minutes I went back and gave the lantern a quick second coat. Giving two light coats will keep the drips away. You just want to use sweeping motions, back and forth letting the painted area slightly overlap. Make sure you stop and shake the can frequently too. Spray paint is always such a breeze and definitely cost efficient on smaller decor items.
Once dry I peeled off the painter’s tape and gave the glass a good cleaning. I just love the matte paint finish on black items.
Picking the right Spray Paint
Make sure that the spray paint you pick is for the type of item you are spray painting. If you’re painting plastic patio chairs, you want a paint that is made for plastic. If you are painting an area that gets hot (bbq, fireplace, etc) make sure you use a high heat spray paint. So read the can. Picking the right spray paint will give you stronger adhesion to your painted item. After you make sure you’ve got the right product then you can have the fun of picking out the color and sheen (high gloss finish, satin finish, matte finish, etc). There are so many different options!
Well I hope you had fun checking out my matte black spray painted lantern. Now make sure to check out the rest of the teams thrift store makeovers below.
Love it Maryann! I just spray-painted a few mini lanterns, but I just went over the glass! Ha!
Happy Friday! laura in Colorado
Great makeover Maryann, I have a few like that sitting outside, I need to spray paint them!
It came out beautiful! thanks for sharing.
Thanks! Yes I’m debating moving the lantern to the front porch. I’m sure it will need frequent painting out there.
So pretty Maryann! I would have paid the money for this lantern because it is so tall! Pinned 😊
Yes!!! Couldn’t pass it up!
Great piece inside or out! Love it!
Great accent piece for anywhere! I have several in different finishes thatnI need to unify! Thanks for the I’m so! Pinned.
You can’t have too many lanterns!
Need I say it? “the power of paint” 🙂
Great makeover Maryann! I love the new look with the candles on your mantel.
Thank you Gail!
This is a fabulous and simple makeover! I have several old lanterns in the garage that have seen better days!
Always love what a little paint can do!