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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Forbidden Candelholders.....

OK, so they weren't forbidden. But they had a Very Bad Rep, even if just in My Book. Seriously, look at them. They scream 70's (and not this new wave back "in" 70's). They were filthy the part, too. I'd tried cleaning them up with brasso to no avail. So I hated them.....


Hubba said I could paint them (finally!!!).

So I set to work dusting them & cleaning them out...

He got them at the thrift store long before we got together. Whoever had them before had stuffed them with foil (???). And wax....

And..... MARBLES?!?!?

And a SCREWDRIVER!?!?!?! Oh wait no. That was was me getting a screwdriver stuck in the candlestick holder. How did that picture get into this lineup? What I didn't realize is that the insides of these things are hollow. From.one.end.to.the.other....

Anyhoo, let's move on.

I started with a spray primer. I sprayed a coat on them.

And a coat on my hands.

Then I sprayed a couple coats of the Sparkling Canyon on.

GORGEOUS already! I can't wait to see the finished product. Oh HURRY & dry, will ya???

Wow, what a difference!!! WOOHOO!!!

But now I have a problem. What to do with these "candlestick holders" (that by now I'm thinking weren't candleholders to begin with) to make them hold candles.

So I set off in this one horse town in search of..... something. All I could think was "Let's go thrifting. Surely we'll find SOMETHING I can paint & attach to these babies!!" Family Dollar was on the way, so we stopped there first. I let the guy at the register know I was bringing in an item that "I need to match up." I wish my camera would have been on to catch the look on his face.

Anyway, moving on.....

Nothing at Family Dollar was suitable, so off to our originally planned destination. The thrift store. I looked at glass candle holders. I looked at glass sconces. I looked at saucers. I looked at small glassware. I even looked at glass lids. I figured if I could find 2 small enough ones, I could invert them. Nothing.

So back to the candle holder shelf I went. I began putting several things on the counter to try out.


These were from a creamer set.

What a perfect fit. I figured I'd paint them gloss black.

But no....

Wooden candlestick holders. I could attach them, then paint them the same colour.

*sigh* Still not quite right.

Small glass candle holders. I love these small simple ones. Let's try them out.

Oh I love these.

But I want to check the shelf ONE.LAST.TIME.... You see the base of that candle stick holder? Keep that in mind. It may appear again in this post. PERFECTPERFECTPERFECT!!! I cringed a little at $6 for the set of 2. But don't worry. You'll see these holders in a later post :D

SWEET success!!! The bottom of the thrift candlestick holder actually screws off. This was the intended look when my wheels started turning. It's wonderful, because it will hold a pillar candle (don't mind THIS pillar candle. I hate it. I'll be buying some new ones.).

It will hold glass jar candles.

And those small glass candle holders? The simple ones? I bought those as well. 25¢ each. I couldn't resist. Oh & they look GREAT on our upstyled candle holders too :D

1 comment:

Kim said...

Very thrifty! And you even got some marbles to boot! ;) Good job~they look great!