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candlestick glam

September 28, 2011

In the 1980s, a decorative-minded friend advised me to use touches of brass and crystal in my home.  Consequently, I have a modest collection of brass and bronze candlesticks.  Still pretty, but they remind me of the 1980s.

Time for a fresh look.  I took the two largest ones and started by drilling 3 holes around the top rim to hook some loose chandelier crystals.  Then applied a thin layer of Silver Leaf paint (Martha Stewart’s Precious Metals), but didn’t cover the brass completely.  I figure it’s not going to look like real silver anyway, so might as well augment the visual interest of the painted finish by letting the brass peek through, just like highlights.

OK.  Step in the right direction.  But still a bit flat.  So I sponged on a very watery black glaze for depth then sprayed with clear gloss for shine.

much better, I’m OK with this.

Plenty more brass refinishing to go, but I’m planning to try several alternative approaches, just to lend the least amount of uniformity possible to the entire brass collection.

Thank you for reading 🙂  Tomorrow Cristybella and I are headed out to the Round Top antiques market for an adventure filled day in the country.   Maybe we’ll see some of you there!




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18 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2011 11:06 pm

    These candlesticks turned out beautiful!

  2. September 28, 2011 11:39 pm

    I have always loved shiny brass but over the years, repainted or gave away most of it. However, brass is coming back in..even Pottery Barn is showing some. I had a beautiful golden brass mirror and painted it sliver, just ruining it. I was just sick. Sooo, you may want to hold on to some of your brass collection, without painting all of it. 🙂
    …just sayin’

  3. September 28, 2011 11:52 pm

    AWESOME transformation, Diane!!

    And I absolutely LOVE the crystals you added – BRAVA!

    They reminded me of When I was kid, my parents had a crystal chandelier over the dining room table, and when we turned it on all the crystals just shimmered and glistened!

    GREAT photos too, Diane!

    Have a wonderful time at the antique market tomorrow!

    X to you and Cristybella!

  4. September 29, 2011 12:08 am

    Diane, Such a great idea adding the crystals! Now you have me thinking about some brass sconces I have stored away. Have a great time at Round top and thanks for joining the Open House party.

  5. September 29, 2011 12:56 am

    love. love. love. I saw some candlesticks on Pinterest the other day that had been spray painted different colors and the result was stunning when they were pulled together in a collection. So many fun things to do with paint. You rocked this one!

  6. September 29, 2011 1:18 am

    LOVE THEM! I really like the fact that the brass still shows through, awesome!

  7. Mel permalink
    September 29, 2011 1:26 am

    Okay…..I have cupboards with brass and crystal. *laughing!!* I’m thinkin’ you can guess how THAT happened!

    Ya done GOOD!

    Ummm… the cupboards.
    Yeah–I REALLY need to clear out those cupboards…… ‘Specially now that I have some ideas of what I could do with the stuff!

  8. September 29, 2011 3:21 am

    Love what you did with the candle sticks. I am in awe of people who are so creative and really come up with beautiful things. I can spot good stuff, but I can’t make it myself.

    Have a great time at Round Top, but stay cool – I am not there this time, but hear it is unbearably hot this year. Hope you find lots of treasure!

  9. September 29, 2011 11:23 pm

    You definitely gave the candlesticks a new life…bet they’re happy! Very Cottagie (is that a word?) Anyway…I really like their new look! Very Clever!

  10. September 30, 2011 2:53 am

    I think that looks fabulous! The glaze really sells the finish.
    Have a great time at Round Top~I can’t wait to see your pictures. 🙂

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  12. October 1, 2011 2:18 am

    You did a great job!
    My list of things to do keeps growing-
    you have inspired me.

    White Spray Paint

  13. October 3, 2011 6:20 pm

    These are beautiful, Diane, and totally glamorous!

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation!

  14. October 5, 2011 1:56 am

    Beautiful–love that you added the crystals–so glamorous! Thanks for linking to Share the Love Wednesday

  15. October 5, 2011 10:14 pm

    Very cute, well done.

  16. Ellen permalink
    October 8, 2011 4:42 pm

    These are hot. I love them, great remake of old sticks. You took this one out of the park. W.T.G

  17. October 11, 2011 2:59 am

    So pretty – love how it turned out!


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