Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Spraying it down.

I have a few upcoming events that I'm hosting at the house. It's amazing how some deadline pressure will get me moving on things I've been procrastinating on. I've been needing to have a spray painting party for a while, but the weather has been so hot I've been putting it off. I finally broke down (with a fan and lots of ice water) and braved the heat. I am so pleased with the results.

First up, a mirror my Mom gave me to hang over the buffet in my dining room. (Try to ignore the messy garage....)

I think the size is wrong, but I have another place in mind for it. The finish is so bleh to me though. So I just taped it up and spray painted the frame a satin black. I am super pleased! You just have to hang around for another post to find out where this gem is going to live in my house!

Next, I found this little lantern at Tuesday Morning in the non-returnable, its-broken section. It had one pane busted out which didn't bother me since you can't really tell. The problem was the frame is made out of aluminum that at one time was some sort of Nestle product. It was hideous! (I already taped the glass before I remembered to take a picture.)

I decided to do oil-rubbed bronze on it. I am over-the-moon excited about how it turned out. The uniform color brought out the detailing at the top that was completely lost with all that busy pattern before.
(The above picture is more of the true color. This picture picked up the red in the color that you really can't see most of the time.)

Both projects cost me a total of $8. I had the paint, the mirror was free, and the lantern was super marked-down.

I found a similar lantern at Pottery Barn for Over $50.
(Picture from Pottery barn's website)

Thanks for reading! Updates to come where these two projects ended up in the house.


  1. I'm not sure why you painted the lantern - I thought it was just lovely as is ;)

    Nice work!

  2. isn't the oil rubbed bronzed paint awesome!! I will be using that for a mirror I am trying get on Craigslist.

    Looking good!

  3. Great makeovers! The lantern is like night and day. I can't even believe what it looked like to start. So strange!

  4. Love the mirror! Glad you braved the heat. Hope your back feels better soon! :)