Last week I popped into my local thrift store, looking for holiday fabric. I didn't find any fabric but I did find this:
Who could pass up an adorable lantern for $2.99? Well, I did have to talk myself into it because I have a bit of lantern overload right now. I already have several lanterns leftover from my daughter's wedding and I got a Pottery Barn lantern from a good friend for my birthday. But this one was so rustic. . . so wrenish. . . so darn cute. . . What's a girl to do? So I brought it home.
I knew I needed to do something to it because bright white doesn't work well at my house. So. . . I gave it a light washing of diluted brown paint to antique it a bit. . . but. . . it just wasn't working for me.
I mixed two different colors of red acrylic craft paint together and then swirled some burnt umber paint into the red. I brushed that concoction inside and out on the lantern to achieve the "old" look I was wanting. I was able to remove the glass panels to make painting easier (and make cleaning the glass easier).
Ohhhhh, much better in red. I hope it likes it's new home. I guess I really did need another lantern
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