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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Guest Post: Vivienne from The V Spot

Vivienne from The V Spot is here with a great redo.


Here's Vivienne.

Spring has (mostly) sprung and I am beginning to turn my attention to my patio area.

Not. Good.

I have some tall hurricane lanterns that have been sitting out in the elements (if Southern California really even has elements) for 2 or 3 years, and although we had sprayed a clear sealant over them, the paint was starting to chip and the metal was rusting. Time to give them some TLC.

The bottom was the worst.

Fortunately, there is a spray paint that is a rust converter. I am not a science person and therefore will not try to scientifically explain the process. I can't explain to you how it bonds to the rust and there is some chemical reaction that neutralizes it/fuses to it and then the rust is paintable. I can't tell you that.

I can tell you: Iz Ma-jic spray paint. Iz make rust go bye-bye. Iz goooood.

After removing the glass panels, I started by grabbing a paint scraper and one of Handsome Hubby's wire brushes. Any paint that was loose was removed. I did not take off all of the existing paint.

The Queen isn't coming over to sit on my patio, I just want it good enough that it looks nice again and want it protected going forward.

This is what the bottom of one of the hurricanes looked like when I got done scraping and brushing.

I sprayed the entire piece with the Rust Converter. There were textural differences between the newly stripped rusted spots and the original paint that remained fused to the piece.

To help minimize the difference in texture, I went over it with a few coats of Rustoleum's Hammered Metal spray paint in Dark Bronze. The hammered metal texture of the paint helps to blend the two different areas.

I took the opportunity to properly clean the glass panels and clean up the candle sticks that were in there.

They are now back in their normal spot up on the BBQ area. Yay! $100 worth of hurricane lanterns saved by a $6 can of spray paint.

Those look great Vivienne!
Thanks for guest posting for me!


  1. Spray paint saves the day again. That stuff gets more and more amazing! Love the lanterns.

  2. I agree with Tanya. I really have to hang out in the paint aisles more often.
    There are probably so many things there that I need to fix up things here that I have never even heard of.
    Lots of people would just throw things out not even suspecting that there is a thrifty fix for them.


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