I was recently walking around Target and saw some super cute, to die for lanterns. And they were a pretty good price- and I almost bought them until I realized I already had everything on hand to make my own stylish, fun and on-trend lanterns (but in a fun color!) just like the ones I saw there:
My lantern at home was broken (it was outside during a huge storm and fell over), and just didn’t fit any of my decor. I bought it years ago from West Elm when my apartment was super modern… and now that we’re going more farmhouse chic, it just looked off.
To start, I removed the glass from the lantern. My lantern had little flaps holding the glass in place- I simply folded them down and slid the glass out. Some will have flaps, some screws. Just see what yours has and remove the glass carefully. It is tempting- but dont just break it out, because that is not only dangerous- but you’ll want the glass completely out so you can use whatever flap/screw mechanism holding it in place for your radiator cover.
Next, I cut radiator covers to fit the lantern. I used the glass panels I took out as a template for how big to cut it.
I had radiator cover leftovers on hand from remodeling this dresser into a bar- but you can snag them at Lowe’s for $26 (for a HUGE strip that will get you numerous projects- they can be found in the sheet metal section):
Once the glass is out, I spray painted the lantern a flat white with Krylon paint + primer. This makes the lantern easier to paint your final color and will keep the color from scratching or chipping off the metal surface.
Once the spray paint is dry, slide your radiator cover strips into the lantern and secure however the glass was set in.
Grab a foam brush and paint (I am using tranquility by Valspar that I grabbed at Lowes- LOVE the little sample jars because they are perfect for little projects I want to add color in like this!!).
I was careful to paint this smoothly over the lantern and radiator cover because I wanted a smooth finish- but you could dry brush it on for a worn/antique look, too.
Let dry, and you’re done! How easy was that?
I absolutely love how it turned out.
I currently have it on display in my dining room (which I am STILL working on remodeling…. the giant holes in the ceiling leftover from our plumbing disaster have me stalling quite a bit).
I might move it outside and make a few twinsies when I get my patio all set later this week- but I kind of like it inside!
What do you think?