Remember these candlesticks I got at a yard sale? I paid 25¢ and 50¢ for them – can’t beat 75¢ for a set of candlesticks.
So here they are – before.
They were pretty nasty. Covered in wax and dirt.
So I cleaned them up. Then sprayed them with a quick coat of white primer just to make sure the paint would adhere well. You know I wrestle with color and LOVE white! So I have to admit, I did think for a second about leaving them white but I was determined to do a fun, bright color and add that to my home.
I decided to use acrylic paint instead of spray paint. Mainly because I didn’t want to spend $4+ on a can of spray paint and also because I thought I would try something different. Michael’s had a sale a few weeks back and I got some acrylic paint for 3/$1.00.
I painted them with a cheap craft foam brush – 2 coats of paint.
The paint ended up being much brighter than I thought it would be. But that was ok, because I planned on antiquing them.
I just used another bottle of acrylic paint, a dark brown, and dipped my foam brush in paint that was watered down a little. And then brushed it all over the candlesticks making sure to get it in all the crevices‘
Let the brown paint sit for a few seconds, then wiped most of it off. You can also do this same technique with stain over paint. And even paint a piece of furniture white, sand/distress the edges a bit, then brush some stain or glaze over it.
I like the antiqued, muted, distressed finish that it gives it.
I did a coat of matte mod podge over the top as a sealer and to give it some shine
Here they are displayed in my living room on the coffee table!
On a yard sale tray, with a yard sale milk glass vase filled with azaleas from my yard, and a clearance mercury glass candlestick.
Loving the color! And loving my 75¢ painted candlesticks.
Any fun yard sale or thrift store finds you have painted or redone recently? Would love to see pictures or links to anything you have done.
You won’t want to miss Friday’s Frugal Finds post – I have been out of town the last few days and did some MAJOR thrift store shopping with some friends. I can’t wait to show you all my finds!!