October 7, 2013

How to DIY Antique Gold Finish [Lantern]

I have the solution to the government shut down! I once read a story about a King who turned everything he touched into gold. Most of you know who King Midas is, but for those of you who don't, King Midas had the golden touch. So this week I thought I'd give it a go and guess what, it works! Everything I touch, turns to gold.  Republicans are going to be so happy now, knowing that these wonderful DIY products can and will be accepted by the U.S. Treasury. Democrats will also be equally pleased to know that Republicans are happy and that there's piles of cash to spend on who knows what. In a perfect Mr. Rogers world, gold would fix everything. (sigh) But until we get there, I guess were just going to have to rely on our leaders, until the DIY movement seizes the house, the presidency, and the justice department, amending the constitution so that DIY can and will be available to all. Anywho, I hope you like this project. 

I've been using gold spray paint all over the house, I decided to make over an old lantern with something a little different. It all started when I saw this beauty and I just knew I needed something similar. When I saw this old silver one [below] at a yard sale, I figured it was worth a buck or two- just to see what I could do to it!

It's easy peasy to create a gold finish!

Just follow these quick steps!!

1. Apply RUB-N-BUFF [in Antique Gold]  
->> Just use a toothbrush or soft cloth to apply it all over.
2. Mix GOLD PAINT with Faux GLAZE &  
->> Apply generously on dry lantern.
3. Mix BLACK PAINT with Faux GLAZE &
->> Apply on lantern and with paint brush and wipe off excess, making sure to leave glaze in all the nooks and crannies.
4. Let it Dry- you can Clear Coat it, if you want to protect it. I'm always too lazy! ;-)

 Can you believe how much it looks like the other brass in the photo? It worked! I call that a successful DIY-> unlike a few I've tried from Pinterest...I mean, on a side note- What are people posting on there? I've tried several Pinterest projects and have had quite a few fails. Are people posting tutorials that are plain false?  I don't even want to talk about the crock pot Mac-N-Cheese I tried! Has anyone experienced this?
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