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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Yard Sale Metal Candle Holders Transformed!

Last week I posted a Master List in an effort to keep myself accountable and on task.  Well, I did accomplish one task!  In honor of that, I'm linking to Amy's Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays.

I had purchased five metal candle holders with the glass inserts inside at a yard sale back in April and had yet to do anything with them.

I must admit to a budding love affair with spray paint - it is so easy and so much fun!  And, it transforms items into something completely new without much fuss or money.  That's my kind of "re-do" for sure.

The candle holders looked like this when I bought them:

Not the most attractive things in the world right now, but I was envisioning summer nights with candlelight on the I bought five of them with hopes of making them look better.  Now I am kicking myself for not purchasing the entire box because I am tickled with the way they turned out.  Ah well, who knows - I may find more another day.

When the glass inserts were removed, the inside of the holders looked like this:

I decided to paint the two black ones pure white and the gold ones a brushed silver color.  First, I removed the glass candle inserts.  Those were washed and freed of the old candles inside.  Next, I spray painted the metal holders with a few coats of spray paint.  I really like Krylon spray paint products.  So far, they've covered the best and are very reasonable in price at about $2.97 per can at Wal-Mart.

The brushed nickel ones turned out like this:

At first, I placed the gold colored glass inserts back in, but immediately realized I didn't like the two colors together at all, so I spray painted the glass inserts the same brushed nickel color.  It's not the contrast for which I was hoping, but I still think they turned out well.  Aren't they classy?

The black metal painted white turned out like this:

Very tickled with these!  I love how the blue glass comes through the white.  Can't wait to see these illuminated on a summer night very soon!

I'll try to remember to take a photo while the candles are lit inside the holders.  In my mind, it's pretty!  

Until next time...all my best to you,


Dr.Mom said...

Wow, those turned out so beautiful! Thanks for sharing, I'm sure they will look lovely illuminated on a nice summer night :)

Rachel @ The Cupcake Sprinkles In Life said...

Very Nice Susan!!!

I tend to buy these cute things and then "forget" to do anything with them! :)

Gotta love what spray paint can do- I just wish it was more environmentally sound!

Denise said...

Love it! Great DIY project. A perfect example of making the dollar stretch.

Chris said...

Love these! How do they look lit up at night?

Susan said...

Thank you for your kind comments Ladies! I am excited to give them a try. Perhaps later this weekend as it seems every night this week is taken up already.

Denise - yes, love stretching that $.

Mom! Nice to see you here! Would love to see your smiling face. :)

Pam said...

How pretty they look now!

Pam said...

Susan, I'm trying to follow you, but the followers widget on your blog doesn't seem to be working? BTW, this is Pam (veryirie) from eHow. :) It's so good to see you! Pam @ Sallygoodin

Shirley said...

Hey Susan! Long time no see! I LOVE these simple candle holders. And you're right about spray paint, it's amazing what it can do to give a new look!

Susan said...

Hi Pam! So good to see you! Not sure why it won't work...would you be willing to try it one more time? :)

Karen said...

You gotta love those yard sale transformations! This sounds like something easy enough that even I (who am craft-challenged) could do. Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

Hi Shirley!
So good to see you too! Loving your blog about Maine. :)

Hi Karen - spray paint is so, so easy - makes even me feel like I can take just about any project on with confidence. Give it a try! :)

Susie B. Homemaker said...

I love how the white ones w/ the blue coming thru turned out too! So cute for summer! :) Good to see you back on your blog! ;)

Terra said...

These turned out very pretty; makes me want to do a spray paint project.