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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Curvy Candlesticks: Making over dated brass objects

One of the little projects I have been working on is this pretty pair of candlesticks. I found them on a shelf at Goodwill shoved in with a bunch of other tacky brass items. I really liked the twisty curviness of them, and thought they had great potential. Plus, their price sticker was the right color so they were 50% off. I got both of them for $1.99 :-)

I knew I wanted to go dark with these babies. My living room is a light creamy tan, and any white or light items on the mantel get lost against the light wall color. I wanted to try and replicate a timeless oil rubbed bronze finish, with my own twist. The fact that these sticks were already bronze meant that the underlying finish would be really pretty.

I took advantage of a non-rainy day, and set up outside with my arsenal of spray paint. I really like starting with a base coat of one color, and then doing very light coats of other colors to make the finish more interesting. I started by coating the sticks in a flat black enamel. The candlesticks immediately had more presence and their "curviness" stood out more.

Then I took a dark brown glossy paint, and lightly misted it back and forth over the black paint. This part is always a little tricky, and sometimes I have to start over with the black and work up to the other paints again. The brown misting was just enough to warm up the black and give the candlesticks a warm, time worn finish.

My last step was to take a metallic gold spray paint and lightly mist it over the sticks. I love a little bit of sparkle. :-) Here's a look at what the candlesticks look like now, all spiffed up and made over. I can't wait to use these guys over the holidays!

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Leanne October 11, 2009 at 8:19 PM  

I really like those! I like to go dig around in thrift stores... much fun! I painted some HUGE brass ones my mom gave me one year for Christmas. (SHH! Don't tell her!:)) I went straight black, but I LOVE your idea... may have to try that!

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage October 11, 2009 at 8:25 PM  

This is my kind of craft, easy but packs a big punch. Great job!

Tricia Anne October 11, 2009 at 8:52 PM  

That is a great little makeover. I especially like the black! :o)

Shanty 2 Chic October 11, 2009 at 9:11 PM  

Isn't it great to be able to bring pieces back to life with a little paint! Great job! ~ Ashley

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) October 11, 2009 at 9:26 PM  

The candlesticks are beautiful! It's amazing what paint can do. Great job!


Kim @ NewlyWoodwards October 11, 2009 at 9:35 PM  

I like this a lot. I need to keep my eyes open for brass items to paint. I just hate to bring things home that I'm not sure of, but for $1.50, I can risk it. =)

Its So Very Cheri October 11, 2009 at 10:04 PM  

They look magnificient. What an inspirational project. I'm sure many gals will do a similar project.
I hope you will come by for a visit.

xinex October 11, 2009 at 10:12 PM  

The candlesticks turned out really pretty. What a good deal!...Christine

Martha October 11, 2009 at 10:31 PM  

Very pretty candlesticks! I've never painted metal but . . . you may have given me inspiration!

Sherri S October 12, 2009 at 12:08 AM  

Beautiful. I've been painting TONS of things lately. Don't know why I didn't do it sooner. I love your layered paint idea!

Isabella & Max Rooms October 12, 2009 at 12:34 AM  

Nice finishing touch to add dimension to the finish, beautiful!

Michelle October 12, 2009 at 12:48 AM  

OH...I liked the candlesticks before and after. Not sure which I would pick as my favorite!

Jane October 12, 2009 at 8:20 AM  

Love the shape of the candlesticks and they look beautiful now with their new color. Great job.

Anonymous October 12, 2009 at 7:02 PM  

I'm just like you too. I find bargains and repaint. I have messed some projects up pretty bad, but others are darn cute. I really enjoyed your blog. Please come by my blog for a visit.


Sheri October 12, 2009 at 7:06 PM  

Oh they are so pretty! But then I shocked my Aunt by painting my cabinets black. LOL I just love black

If you haven't already come link up at my Room a month makeover. http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/10/room-month-monster-dominoes.html

nannykim October 12, 2009 at 8:36 PM  

really nice transformation!

spindle cottage is my house blog

Julie October 12, 2009 at 9:10 PM  

The transformation is wonderful...so cool what you can do with Paint...

ImagineCozy October 13, 2009 at 11:59 AM  

What a beautiful change. It is remarkable what color can do.

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE October 14, 2009 at 12:45 AM  

Wow I love those candle sticks, they look so fashionable in the new color just wonderful...

K @ Thrifty Teacher Blog October 17, 2009 at 4:32 PM  

Wow! They turned out great! All of that work paid off!

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