Chippy Lantern Makeover with Glue

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I’m so excited to get the Thrift Store Decor team together again for this new year.  At the end of last year my husband found the cutest copper lantern at a thrift store.  So I was ready to give this thrift store find a Chippy Lantern Makeover with Glue.

Thrift store lantern makeover using glue and paint | Chippy Lantern with Glue

Chippy Lantern Makeover with Glue

Here’s what I started with:

Copper Thrift store lantern before makeover

Cute… but needed some cleaning.  Here’s what I used on this project {affiliate links included for your convenience}

Chippy Lantern Supplies:

First step was cleaning the candle wax off the glass.  Thankfully I had a heat gun.  This made it a quick process to loosen the dried wax from the inside of the lantern.  I heated it up and then wiped it out with a paper towel.  I finished off with a good washing with some hot, soapy water.

Adding white glue to the copper lantern | Chippy Lantern with Glue

Now to get a chippy finish you need to take basic white glue (like Elmers) and with a paint brush you want to make smooth strokes.  Try to not overlap and don’t go back over an area once you’ve applied it.

Then you wait…. 5 minutes.

Adding the paint layer | Chippy Lantern with Glue

Then you apply your paint.  I went with a white acrylic paint.  You need to take the same approach… don’t overlap… don’t go over the area a 2nd time.

Watching the paint and glue dry | Chippy Lantern with Glue

Within minutes the surface area will begin the chippy / crackling effect.  It’s actually really cool to watch.

Farmhouse style chippy lantern with glue

Finishing the sides was a bit more challenging, but still this lantern makeover was a really simple project.

Thrift Store Lantern Update using paint and glue

I think this chippy lantern makeover with glue makes a lovely addition to our family room.

Now make sure to check out what the rest of the team has for you…

6 Thrift Store Makeovers


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