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bargain sconces

December 16, 2011

I’ve always had a bit of a crush on vintage candle sconces.  I saw this brass pair at the Round Top antiques market a couple of years ago and liked the pretty design.  I would have preferred something really over the top, but for $5, this will do nicely, thank you very much.

However, I didn’t really like the metal.  Honestly that brass color just reminds me too much of the 90s.  Not my decade.

A sales guy at Home Depot told me to dip them in acid and the brass finish would melt away.  Turns out they’re solid brass.  That color wasn’t going anywhere.

In order to tone it down, I selected a dark primer.  A coat of black gesso.

Then I scrubbed it with a pad of steel wool; the gesso came off nicely.  Next I covered it with a silver glaze, using Martha Stewart Precious Metals paint in Silver Leaf.  And finally, a quick layer of clear gloss spray.

Now all that’s left is to select a place to hang the pair and add tapers.  My best guess is our main hallway.

Hope you’re getting ready for the weekend.  We’ve got some shopping and festivities on the horizon.  Thank you for dropping in 🙂




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6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2011 2:52 pm

    Diane, your sconces look great! $5 well spent, I will have to give the silver leaf a try.

  2. December 18, 2011 4:19 am

    Solid brass, huh?

    Wayyyyyyyyy prettier with your touch, methinks.

  3. December 18, 2011 4:45 am

    Very pretty, I love the finish you used, looks very authentic!

  4. December 21, 2011 3:47 pm

    Very pretty!

  5. December 28, 2011 12:06 am

    wow great deal and i like how you aged them

  6. January 5, 2012 3:32 am

    I’m with you on the brass look- this looks soooo much better! Great job!

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