If you have ready my About page you know that I am not capable of driving by a tag sale. This is also true for Estate Sales, Goodwill Stores, Habitat Stores, Salvation Army, etc. etc. It drives my family crazy. But lucky for them I stopped the car this week and scored these pretty candle sticks…which have since become my upcyled candle sticks.
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I found these cuties at a Salvation Army shop and I immediately liked the height and shape of them. I thought about keeping the brass but they were pretty scuffed and damaged. So, when in doubt, paint it turquoise. Actually, the color is called Seaside by Rust-Oleum. Here’s how I did it:
Check out my prepping for paint page. I know, these are candle sticks but the same principles apply. The product you want to paint should be sanded and clean. Sanding creates a surface the paint can adhere to. Do it.
Because there are so many nooks and crannies in these candle sticks I decided to paint them upside down first. Actually, I usually start painting all of my pieces upside down. Flipping the piece over and painting it upside down is a good idea for two reasons: 1) You can get into all of those hidden spots and 2) It saves you from the back pain you will have as a result of bending over to find those hidden spots.
After shaking the paint can sufficiently, go back and forth down the candle stick in quick bursts. Give the candle stick a 1/4 turn and repeat until sufficiently covered. Carefully turn the candle stick over and repeat the process.
Let it dry
This seems like a silly step but it’s important. Impatience is not a virtue people. I can’t tell you how many times I have smudged a protect because I could not wait to start using it before it was dry. Honestly, these candle sticks were so cute after their makeover that I had a hard time waiting to put them on the mantle. Just take my advice. Let it dry.
There you have it! Upcycled Candle Sticks. $4.99 customized decor. And the beauty of it is, all it takes is a can of spray paint to change it again.
I’d love to hear about your spray paint projects. Happy Painting!