75¢ Yard sale candlesticks get a paint makeover

Yard sale candlesticks get a paint makeover

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.

yard sale finds

So here they are – before.

yard sale candlesticks

They were pretty nasty.  Covered in wax and dirt.

yard sale candlesticks

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.

spray primer on candlesticks

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.

craft paint

I painted them with a cheap craft foam brush – 2 coats of paint.

painted candlesticks with acrylic 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‘

antiqued candlesticks with paint

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.

turquoise candlesticks

I like the antiqued, muted, distressed finish that it gives it.

antiqued candlesticks

I did a coat of matte mod podge over the top as a sealer and to give it some shine

Yard sale candlesticks get a paint makeover

Yard sale candlesticks get a paint makeover

Here they are displayed in my living room on the coffee table!

Yard sale candlesticks get a paint makeover

On a yard sale tray, with a yard sale milk glass vase filled with azaleas from my yard, and a clearance mercury glass candlestick.

Yard sale candlesticks get a paint makeover

Loving the color!  And loving my 75¢ painted candlesticks. Smile

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!!


  1. Esther says:

    They turned out so pretty! I can’t wait to get to the States and do some thrift and yard sale shopping!

  2. Wow! I knew you would turn them into something cute but these exceeded my expectations! Great work 🙂
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  3. Kelly Palmer says:

    Ooooh, so very pretty Christina, I love them!!

  4. Oooohhhhh – love them!!! Gorgeous work!
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  5. Lanita says:

    Hey Christina……LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the candlesticks!! Thanks for sharing the paint techniques you used. I have a few things I want to paint when the rain stops…..after seeing your post, I am really anxious!! :O) I do have one question……what are the candlesticks made out of? Are they wooden? Metal?
    Can’t wait to see your “thrifty finds” post on Friday!

  6. I love how your candlesticks turned out. The antique finish looks great! You did a really good job and what a bargain too!

    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos
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  7. Marcia says:

    Love these!

  8. Your candlesticks turned out great. Love the spot of blue in your room – looks really neat with the drapes in the background.

  9. They turned out really well! I have a thrifty find of a dozen brass napkin rings that I would love any hints on how to upcycle them.

  10. Awesome find and you did an amazing job re-doing them! Love the color!
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  11. Wow! Thanks for sharing this process. So pretty. They add the perfect touch of color!

    Stephanie @ thestyledsoul.com

  12. Cheryl says:

    Fabulous job!! very creative!

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  15. These look nice Christina, I have one candlestick similar to that and I have wanted to do just what you’ve done here. So thanks for the tutorial. Now, I can skip my own trial and error ;)! I’ll be sure to source you up! Love it.
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  16. These are absolutely beautiful! I can’t look at something and see it’s potential. I wish I could. I’ll be following you, hopefully I’ll get better at thrift and yard sale shopping. Thanks for sharing your beautiful make over.

  17. NICE!! I love the color.

  18. paul hoye says:

    hi, like your work… i have bought an old candleholder and it is cream with gold highlights…old paint, probably from the Thirties…looks very tired now…i would prefer to brighten it up… should i strip old paint off? some slight flaking underneath…i think if i paint over..(its already thick painted) i would mess it up…i don’t know what kind of paint to use, i would think it needs be non flammable…any advice gratefully received… thanks…PAUL.

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