Wow, it's Friday already! This week has flown by for me and my little posse of troublemakers. We've done a bunch of spring cleaning this week. We tackled the bank of drawers in my kitchen, emptying, cleaning, purging, and organizing each drawer. I also cleaned and organized my laundry room from top to bottom, it sure is great to get those tasks checked off my list! And, to top it all off, it's starting to feel like spring here! The sun is shining, the snow is melting, I've even seen some of our beloved Canadian Geese in their lovely "V" formation signaling us Canadians that it's true, spring really has sprung. Ahhhhh, does that ever feel nice!
A little project I've had up my sleeve for a couple of weeks has been these lovely refinished wooden candlesticks. I found these beauties at the thrift store a few weeks ago and it was darn close to love at first sight. I'm not sure what kind of wood they are, but they are solid and heavy! One thing I was not wild about was the strange patch of lighter wood they each had...weirdness. But, for a whopping .30 each, I happily plopped them into my cart and carried on.
I started out my refinishing project by lightly sanding these candlesticks. Then I sprayed on a light coat of white paint, but wasn't thrilled with the way the paint was adhering to the candlesticks. So, I let them dry then brushed on a coat of white craft paint. The craft paint was thicker than the spray paint and stuck to the candlesticks much better, providing better coverage.
Then I dry-brushed on a hint of coffee bean brown craft paint. Dry brushing is a great way to add an aged and distressed look to home decor. To dry brush start with a little bit of paint on the tip of your brush, then on some scrap paper brush most of it off, you want very little wet paint on the bristles of your brush. Then with a gentle hand, feather the brush over your project, stopping when you've achieved the look you're going for.
I set my candlesticks aside and let them dry. Then roughed them up a little further with some coarse sand paper. I wiped the excess dust off with a clean rag and gave my candlesticks a quick once-over with a satin finish clear spray.
For 60 cents and a tiny bit of elbow grease, I now have some really great looking candlesticks that I adore!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!