Two Step Back Porch Revamp

copper lantern repaint

For whatever reason, I always decorate the front of my house, but never the back door.  The reason this is odd to me is that the back door is the one people use.  I know the only person who steps foot on my front porch is the UPS guy.  Even the FedEx guy knows to come to the back!

With holiday guests coming into town this week, I wanted to jazz up the back just a bit to make it feel welcoming and autumnal, but I didn’t have much time to work with.  I wanted to start with my old lanterns which were galvanized (silver), so against a grey house, they just disappeared.  I’d been eyeing some beautiful copper lanterns from Terrain and thought that I could stave off the inner desire to spend over $300 on new lanterns by painting my old ones.

copper lantern upcycle

Although I realize that they don’t quite look identical, I did manage to save some money and get an almost instantaneous change by just using some ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and hammered copper spray paint.  A few flowers and some colorful leaves that I stole from the neighbors yard, and we were visitor ready. See the ugly ‘before’ and then what a difference 30 minutes made next!

copper outdoor lanterns

fall porch before and after

There was no ‘bad’ styling done in the left photo at all.  My back just looked that homely.  But how quickly that can change with a bit of spray paint!

hammered copper lantern materials


copper lanterns

ONE & TWO since the glass doesn’t come out of my lanterns, I had to tape it off on the inside and outside of the lanterns.  THREE Spray paint the exposed metal.

I understand this project probably doesn’t require a step by step instruction, but if anything, it shows you how easy it is to make a quick and cost efficient change to your decor.  It doesn’t take a lot to make a big impact sometimes!


Quick Tip!  When using spray paint, focus on doing 2-3 light coats rather than one heavy one.  This helps reduce dripping and ensures the paint doesn’t chip easily.

copper painted outdoor lanterns

I’m actually disappointed that the photos really don’t capture the beauty of the copper color!  They look kind of dull here, but in person they’re a bit more glossy and richer in color. They really match the fall leaves perfectly!

Are there any quick changes you need to make before holiday guests start to arrive?


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I am proud to be a 3M sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

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