Saturday, July 14, 2012

Trash To Treasure: Eclectic Shabby Candle Holder Decor

I have had a busy busy couple of weeks. This is wedding season on Etsy, plus I've been running frantically around trying to secure a venue and chapel for my own wedding next summer (TIP: Plan this a year in advance! It is crazy how much time you need to plan!)
I did have time to pull together a few trash to treasure projects with multiple vintage brass candlesticks that I found in various thrift stores and estate sales.
It is amazing how a mismatched bunch of candle holders can really make a difference in a room. I myself keep about 20 that line my window sill of my guest bedroom. Architecturally, many of them have interesting shapes and designs. Most people who order them from me use them as dining table centerpieces, fireplace mantle decor, or in weddings and other parties (I have a Sweet 16 that I'm working on currently). Painting them adds a modern twist on a traditional concept.

What you'll need:
Trusty bottle of Mod Podge
Vintage metal candlesticks, the more mismatched the better
Choice of acrylic paint
Metal scrub brush
1. The trick to painting metal is to ensure it is thoroughly cleaned prior to painting. Some could be rusted, some could have risidual wax...all not condusive to the chemical makeup of paint. Wash briefly with a metal scrub brush and remove all unwanted damage to the holders. Don't be afraid to scratch it a little-that will just help the paint stick better later.

2. This will save you lots of time and money later: Add a layer of Mod Podge with your paintbrush onto the holders prior to painting. Allow about an hour to dry. This thickens up your surface so that you don't have to use as many coats of paint later.

3. Start painting the candlesticks. It could take 2 or 3 coats of paint. I find it helpful to paint in opposite directions (horizontally and vertically) in between each coat. While taking more time, this combination of sealant and paint is much prettier and last much longer than just spray painting them.

4. Once the holders are good and covered (and dry), apply a final coat of Mod Podge.

5. Put them in a pretty place and impress all of your friends!
OR.....if you don't have the time and patience, you could visit my Etsy shop and request a custom order and I could make them for you :)


  1. I love the unique grey and yellow collection.
    What is your brush of choice to apply the paint?

  2. Thank you! I like to go with a synthetic flat brush. The Royal brand has lots of good selections.