My New {Old} Candlesticks

I’m taking a break from working on Bug’s room to show you a quick, easy fix for those ugly candlesticks you always see in thrift stores or may even have hanging around the house.  I needed some candlesticks for my bathroom, and Pottery Barn had the perfect ones.  Aren’t they pretty?

Image Courtesy of Pottery Barn

I really loved these, but unfortunately, these babies were gonna set me back $180 for all three!  Yikes!  There was NO way those were even remotely in the budget.  Mr. Type2Fun would have freaked.out.

Then I remembered I had these packed away from our move.  At one time, I liked these.  I actually bought them for our other house.  I know, right?  Hideous!  But, a little spray paint can make all the difference.

I gave these guys a couple coats of my favorite Rustoleum spray paint in Ivory Silk.  They were better, but still too shiny and new looking.  Not enough character.

So I grabbed my can of Ralph Lauren glaze…  you know?  The one I use on EVERYTHING?  I brushed on a coat of glaze, and then I wiped it off, making sure to leave lots of glaze in the nooks and crannies.

I can’t say enough about glaze.  I really love it.  Spray paint is fabulous, but sometimes, it makes things look a little TOO shiny and new, and it often times covers up the subtle highlights that make the piece interesting.  Remember that bird in Bug’s room?

I used the same spray paint/glaze treatment on her.  I just love the way the glaze highlights the flowers on the bird’s back.  They would be lost in a sea of turquoise otherwise.

So after I applied my glaze, I gave it lots of dry time.  If you have puddles of glaze in places, you are going to want to make sure they are nice and dry.  Then I gave it a quick coat of sealer, and they were ready for candles.

That was it!  Seriously the easiest project ever, and they look so good in my bathroom.  They aren’t the Pottery Barn ones, but I had everything on hand, so they were basically free…  and that I like.  A lot.


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