A Copycat and Lantern Makeover


Have you ever been in a store and saw something and thought ‘I can do that’ . I saw something like this in a store a bit ago and had that very same thought! I had purchased a small wood square from Walmart a few days later, knowing….someday. Now it’s months later, and I thought I just have to try this. Rustoleum had sent me some Chalkboard Paint both in the black and the clear, that I haven’t used yet.

So with a couple of different styles of letter stencils ( also from Walmart) and some white chalk paint I came up with this:


So if you see something in the store you like, and think, I can do that, take a picture of it so you can make it yourself. You would not believe how many ‘future craft pics” I have on my bulletin board.

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:


Now it was ready


Anyone that really knows me, knows I love to makeover or change something up! So, I took a can of Rustoleum Stop Rust 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.20170711_150054.jpg

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!

I have a smaller lantern just like it still in original color…which do you like best? When I think about it, several of these would have looked nice going up my walk.


So what do you think? Which one do you like the best?


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:



Do you see the sparkle in the back? I know it’s not a great picture, here’s another one:


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? USA, LLC


26 thoughts on “A Copycat and Lantern Makeover”

      1. No, No, Kim. I have too many things going on this weekend. I need to finish up some projects. I can’t believe how long it is taking to build this stuff. If I had more balance right now it would make all the difference in the world. My friend (who I am kind of teaching how to use power tools, etc. ) changed her mind on the build of a desk for her son. So there is that. I want to finish my vanity/side table too! Not enough time. Plus it takes longer when you can’t put your weight on one leg, balancing is hard. Gotta get these gone! Or should I say, over and done with and on to the next!

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      2. Believe it or not, I have a mouse sander. Small and invasive to my hands. $25 at Home Depot. I have used it in so many projects because it doesn’t ‘kill’ my hands. God Bless, take care Kim!

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