Many years ago I bought three little lanterns about 5" tall. Their glass sides were red, yellow and blue. I used them in the garden with tea lights for awhile. After a few years they where forgotten and were stored away. By then they where peeling paint and rusty.
But this morning on the internet I saw a lantern very much like mine painted pretty aqua color with clear glass.
Hmmm, did I still have my little sad lanterns. Yep, I found them and decided to give them a makeover.
I have already removed the red glass from the lantern on the left in the picture below. I put the pieces of glass in a bowl of hot soapy water to see if I could soak the color off the glass. After about an hour the color came off with a light scrubbing using a green scrubby.
Next I soaked off the blue color and lastly the yellow.
While the glass was soaking I scraped all the loose paint and rust from the lanterns.
Then I started painting the lantern tops and bottoms.
First one completed with glass reinstalled.
Now I have 3 refreshed little aqua lanterns ready for new candles. I think I will use battery operated tea light candles so these can be used in table arrangements without the fear of fire.
Hard to believe these are the same 3 little rusty lanterns I began with this morning.