Hey Everyone! A few weeks ago, I had a particularly fruitful shopping trip! I came away with a pretty good haul of clearance items from TJMaxx ( have I mentioned how much I love that store? And they’re not paying me to say that!!). Plus, I found some good fall décor at the dollar stores and a couple of items from Hobby Lobby. Rarely shop, so it was a fun day!
I have projects in mind for much of this good stuff! I’ve already told you about one of the items made from this shopping loot: The burlap you see in this photo was used for the Burlap Pumpkin project posted here, as were a couple of the leaves from the dollar store! So today, I’ll share another one.
You see the lantern in the very back? This one:
It was on clearance, and I love the tall graceful line of it. But the paint on it is just a flat brown, with no individual markings, and therefore, not much interest. I want to ‘antique’ it up! That’s what we used to call it… antiquing! My mother loved to ‘antique’ stuff back in the day!
So I pulled out my acrylic paints, white, burnt umber and metallic pure gold… see the Hint below*. Using the stencil brush that you also see in the photo, I dry-brushed some strokes of an off-white I mixed using the white and burnt umber paints.
Just follow dry brush techniques… load paint onto the brush, then ‘offload’ some onto a paper towel. Then use firm back-and-forth stokes to dry brush! Hey, I already like the change in this little lantern!
When the white paint is dry, use a clean brush to dry-brush the gold metallic paint. This lantern went from boring to beautiful in just a few minutes!
Soon I will show how I used all these little projects in one place! Do you like to ‘remake’ objects? Tell me about it!
Have a super day!
HINT: Use metallic acrylic paint when you want a touch of metal. It’s much less expensive than gold leaf or rub ‘n buff, and you still get a nice finish!*