I first saw these rose gold metal hurricanes in Anthropologie
around Mother's Day last year, and Brian bought me the tiniest one for a Mother's Day gift. The largest ones cost $52, but they're currently sold out.
If you, like me, can't spend $52 on such an item and missed your opportunity to get it, this post is for you. Well, if you're willing to put in the work to make it. But since you're reading this post, I'm going to take that as a yes.
This is what I started with: a $20 light fixture from Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. I bought this originally for the insides of the light fixture, to DIY my own light fixture for the dining room, but I was able to put the glass to good use!
Step 1: Take out the innards. Brian helped me with this, because I was initially having a hard time figuring out how it came apart. When it's done, you'll have this:
Set aside the light fixture innards for your future project.
Then, Cover all the exterior glass with painters' tape, like so. It's tedious, but very important to get the glass well covered, with a good edge along the metal. It will save you a lot of time on the clean up!
After your glass is taped, Use a scrap of cardboard to block off the inside. You'll have to cut it just a little larger than the opening, and fit it inside just below the rim. I neglected to do this, which as you'll see, was not a good idea. I highly recommend learning from my mistake!
Put on a coat of spray paint primer. This will help the paint adhere to the metal. Notice in the photo above, the top of the glass is not covered. I didn't realize how much spray paint would actually get inside, and guess what - it's A LOT. So make sure you do cover the opening.
Also a tip I learned from watching DIY videos on YouTube - spray painting inside a cardboard box helps keep the paint contained, and protects what you're painting from wind and dust.
Follow up with a coat or two of copper spray paint.
Once it's dry to the touch, start carefully peeling off your painters tape. The sooner you remove the tape, the easier it will be to have a good clean edge. This step is super satisfying!
Clean off any paint on the glass with a scraper. This step took the longest for me, because I had to scrape down the entire inside of the thing, due to not blocking off the opening.
The paint came off with the tape in a couple places, so that's what you need the additional bottle of metallic paint for - just touch up areas that need it.
Add candles, moss, stones, lights, succulents, flowers, or whatever suits you, and place it somewhere it can be admired by all.
I'd guess this cost me $12 in paint, if I wasn't using paint I already had, and $10 for the light fixture, since I'm using half of it for another project.
The tiny hurricane is the one I bought from Anthro, and I think the two of them together look like they were always meant to be!
Labels: craft, create, Decor, DIY, rose gold