As I mentioned in my last post, from the Country Living Fair, I bought some ornate candlesticks that weren't in the finish that I liked. So, I decided to give them a makeover. These candlesticks were the perfect size and style, just not the right color. Also, the price was great! I got both candlesticks for just $25. Ornate candlesticks can get very pricey. So, I snatched these up quickly!
I knew I could use a little bit of paint and wax to give them the look I wanted.
This is what the candlesticks looked like when I bought them.
Now, I will admit, they don't look bad in this picture. I think this picture isn't showing their true color. They had more of a verdigris looking finish on them (olive green and brown tones). My lighting for these pics wasn't the best.
So, I got out some French Linen chalk paint (from Annie Sloan) and painted them. This is a nice light grey color.
Then, I let that coat dry and went over it in a dark wax (from Annie Sloan).
I decided to enhance the carvings on the candlesticks by adding a bit of metallic gold paint to them. I used craft paint for that.
I have touches of metallic gold in other accessories in this room, so it made sense to add them to the candlesticks too. I thought it dressed them up a bit more.
And here they are on my fireplace mantel.
I am not a highly skilled painter, but I don't mind taking risks. So, I guess you could call this my "risk taking project". It's only paint, afterall. If I ever want to change them up again it will be easy with more paint!
Have you ever bought something before, knowing that you will have to give it a makeover once you get it home?
Thanks for stopping by.
~ Kelly ~