Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Candlestick Makeover.

I came across this idea here and figured it would be a fun and easy weekend project. I was pleased to find I was right!

It's now been made known by my husband that the sheer amout of junk shopping I've been doing could lead to all junk stores in Washington state soon being out of business. He fears I'll have to travel to a whole new state to continue the madness. I didn't think I was shopping that much.

I picked up these brass candle sticks for the low price of $.25 to $.75 at the thrift store the other day. They don't match, but I think that was supposed to be the point. And yes, I was looked at like a crazy person. I picked up a can of white semi gloss spray paint that ran me about $3.50, and used the primer from the chalkboards.

Wash each one well in hot water & soap. Make sure to scrape off any wax on the outside of the candlestick. Sadly the little guy on the right, the one with the fat middle - that doesn't look brass, he didn't make it. I didn't realize there was more wax on the base and let me tell you, that just doesn't mix well with spray paint.

After they are good and dry, prime those babies! Due to the shape and angles, it's good to spray them right side up and upside down. After the primer is good and dry, paint! I think the glossier the better. Black would have been great, but white matches my decor better.

Allow your paint to dry for a good amount of time before handling. I did two to three coats per candlestick, just based on angles alone. I think they turned out really beautiful. I even hit up another store in town and added 4 more to this collection. An inexpensive and satisfying project in my book!

*I've linked this project up with a lot of other fabulous projects over at Funky Junk Interiors*


Mrs. D said...

The look great! I need to give this a try!

Leah said...

Oh the end result is fabulous! What a great idea! I have a very close relationship with paint! So this is awesome! : )


Kate said...

I definitely prefer the white to the black - they look great!

I'd love to see where you've put them in your home.

And don't worry - my husband has the same feelings about my second-hand shopping! They just don't understand!

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