Lately I’m in love with brass and all things golden. And of course, my love affair with white is still going strong. So for our #12MonthsOfDIY challenge this month, with us all doing some kind of diy makeover on a thrift store item, I thought these Paint Dipped Brass Candlestick Holders would be perfect.
I have to say that I really love how they turned out, and they were easy to make, and inexpensive -tick, tick, ticking all my boxes.
I picked up the candlesticks at Value Village -I went a couple of times, and found some that I really liked. I love shopping second hand, it’s like a treasure hunt to me! And did you know that on average, North Americans throw out 81lbs of textiles each year -that’s a lot of landfill! Value Village is one of the biggest recyclers of used clothing in the world. Shopping second hand, and donating your old housewares and textiles is a great way to love the earth, and the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day, this Friday.
I’m a firm believer that one girl’s trash is another girl’s treasure. #RethinkReuse
Brass was hot in the 70’s, but it’s definitely making a come back. And since I’m really into the whole geometrics trend right now, I tried to paint my candlesticks so that it looked like they’d been dipped in paint at an angle.
To start my project, I took the stickers off of the candlesticks, and washed them. You could polish them if you wanted them really bright gold, I kind of like their patina, so I left mine un-polished,
Next, I used some masking tape to create an angled line where I wanted to paint.
I used Fusion Chalk Paint, for a matte finish. It took about 4 quick coats to fully cover them.
When they were dry to the touch we removed the tape. They were that simple.
I displayed mine on the fireplace mantel. I love the simplicity of them. They’re even making my brass fireplace trim, that I’ve been meaning to paint black for ages, look good.
I thought about painting them in different pastels for spring, which I think would have worked really well too, but there’s just something about simple, beautiful white.
With DIY Paint Dipped Brass Candlestick Holders, life really is a party!
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY fabric project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends.
From the top left, they are:
Now it’s your turn to play along. Mark your Instagram photos of a thrifted upcyled project with #12MonthsOfDiy and #AprilThrifting and follow all the hosts on Instagram for a chance to be featured on all our accounts. (Look for all the details on my Instagram.) Can’t wait to see your projects!