DIY Candle Holder Makeover - Only Took an Hour!

If you guys check out my Pennsylvania Vacation Thrift Haul part II, you would have seen all of my really great finds, but particularly these sweet candle holders. As soon as I saw these guys sitting on the shelf, I snatched them up despite the fact that they cost $4.99 a piece. In my opinion this is a bit much for candle holders at a thrift store. But never mind that--do you see that gorgeous detailing of the stand? Do you have a million possibilities running through your mind right now? Because I sure did when I first laid eyes on them. I am so very happy with the way they turned out!

Even though I saw huge potential in these brassy candle holders, when it came down to it, I couldn't decide how I wanted to revamp them. I wasn't sure what color to paint them--if I wanted to use a dark glaze on white paint, or a fun pastel color. Without making a decision, I got to work cleaning and drying well and making sure the surface was lint-free. Next, I marched to the bottom of my pantry where I keep all of my DIY stashes of paint, brushes, etc. I pulled out Kilz chalk paint in the shade Toasted Poppy Seed, which I have used on so many projects in the past, including my Jelly Cabinet makeover, which you should definitely check out if you haven't already.

I put my cute little one-year-old Leo down for the night and got to painting these guys while watching The Bachelorette. On a side note, I love this show so much. I have been a devoted viewer for the last 10 years. Anyway, I started painting the candle holders gray. After one coat had dried, I decided to mix some of my go-to Colorpop white with FolkArt Vintage Mustard to come up with a nice off-white, almost like a custard color. I started to add the paint with very light strokes using my Purdy brushes, just enough to cover, but not too much, so that the gray could peek through.

I love how these turned out! They now have so much character and are perfectly ready for any vintage/antique-lover's home-decor collection.

I am putting these guys up for sale for $30 for both. As I said, I originally paid $4.99 for each of them, so if they sell, I'd be making a $20 profit. I am hoping someone comes along who loves them as much as I do.


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