Oh my lantern

So this week I’ve been trying to work on a few little projects that have been sitting around in our garage for months. Our garage is not big to begin with, and we’ve been accumulating new tools, paint and supplies, lawn/garden items, and garage sale purchases so it has filled up fast. It’s definitely in need of some serious cleaning and reorganization so I want to get some of our garage sale purchases and other projects finished and out of the garage. My first little project was this poor dilapidated lantern. We bought this at a garage sale for a dollar or two and I knew a simple coat of spray paint could make it like new.

First I rinsed it with the hose and dried it off.  Then I attacked it with some fine steel wool. (I greatly dislike the sound and feel of sandpaper on metal, so steel wool is my alternative.) See the difference?

This was just to ensure there was no loose rust or dirt on the metal that would prevent the spray paint from adhering. I scrubbed it enough to get rid of any larger accumulations of rust but didn’t worry about getting every last bit. After rinsing it again and letting it dry, I sprayed it with Rustoleum’s oil rubbed bronze spray paint that I already had on hand.

It took lots of coats and lots of waiting in between since I had to spray the inside and outside and it has lots of little spaces to get paint into. After about 4 coats it was covered. I let it dry for a few days before bringing it inside, and I must say I’m pretty happy with how my rusty little lantern turned out. 🙂

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