Thrifted Lantern Makeover

19 October
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Inexpensive thrifted finds are great subjects for testing out new products and techniques (as long as they aren't valuable antiques).

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I have tested out some of Krylon's newer lines of spray paint recently. Click the links below to see those projects:

Upcycled Mail Sorter - Chalky Finish Spray Paint Review
DIY Sea Glass Bottles - Sea Glass Spray Paint Review

I had good results with both of those paints and today I've got one more review.

Thrifted Lantern Makeover

A Review of Krylon's Stained Glass Spray Paint

Thrifted Lantern Makeover

Supplies Needed:

Here is the yard sale lantern I'll be using for this experiment.

I've had this for several years, it sat on my front porch for a long time and it was looking so bad that I was just about ready to throw it in the Goodwill pile.

But when Krylon reached out asking if I'd like to try out some of their speciality paints, I saw the stained glass line and thought this little lantern would be the perfect test subject.

Thrifted Lantern Makeover

I painted the metal parts of the lantern with regular white spray paint, but black would be pretty too.

The glass panes were held in with four metal tabs each so they were very easy to remove from the lantern for painting.

The stained glass spray paint comes in eight colors. I chose Summer Green and Royal Purple for this lantern.

Thrifted Lantern Makeover

The lantern has six panes of glass and I painted three of them purple and three of them green.

Thrifted Lantern Makeover

Thrifted Lantern Makeover

I was pleasantly surprised when I started to spray this on the glass. This is spray paint... how the heck do they make it so translucent? 😲

I only painted one side of each pane of glass and put that painted side facing out when I put them back to avoid flammability issues when using a candle inside.

Once they were dry, I alternated the two colors when I put the glass panes back into the lantern. 

Thrifted Lantern Makeover

The stained glass colors are very subtle which I like, I think it turned out pretty!

Thrifted Lantern Makeover

My Review of Krylon Stained Glass Spray Paint


  • It takes only one coat of paint to get a nice color, therefore this paint will last a long time.
  • It actually looks just like real stained glass, I don't know of any other spray paint like this.
  • It comes in eight colors.


  • It costs more than regular spray paint.

What do you think? Do you have something you might like to try this paint on?

Thank you to Krylon for providing the paint for this project.

Other Ideas for Using This Paint:

  • Use it on glass items to match your decor style:
    • vases
    • candle holders
    • glass picture frames
  • Use it on a small window
  • Use a piece of glass from an old picture frame, tape off different sections, and make your own stained glass window suncatcher
  • Use it to make jewelry using clear glass stones

I hope that you enjoyed this post and got some ideas of your own. Please consider sharing if you liked this project!

Thrifted Lantern Makeover
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  1. Anne @ DesignDreams by AnneOctober 20, 2016

    What a cute idea! Love the coloured glass!!

  2. Thanks Anne! They have several different colors too!


  3. Nancy CarrollOctober 20, 2016

    Ugly duckling to swan!! It turned out so pretty! It's amazing what they're doing with spray paint these days!

  4. Donna WilkesOctober 21, 2016

    I have seen this and wondered if it really worked. Great transformation! I may have to try it.

  5. It really does work! I think I would like other colors better... I saw that they have orange, that might be cool to do something for Halloween with.


  6. Thanks... it is pretty amazing!!



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