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.