Monday, February 21, 2011

Professor Plum in the Thrift Store with the Candlestick

I solved it!! Well not the Clue game but the mystery of how to make some real ugly candlesticks fun!

On a recent trip the the Salvation Army store I found these rather sad and ugly looking candlesticks

Hideous right? Well I figured for $1.99 I would bring them home and hopefully give them a much needed makeover.
I started by cleaning those suckers, yuck!  Then I roughed them up with some fine grit sandpaper (for example This One).  Remember the higher the number the grit the finer the sandpaper is.  When spray painting (or really painting ever) you really want to rough up the surface by sanding first, it helps the paint adhere to the material.  After you sand wipe them again with a slightly damp cloth to pick up any dust from the sanding.

Next I attacked my stash of spray painting supplies
And grabbed some handy dandy spray primer
I gave it one nice even coat of the primer, I really recommend priming, again it helps the paint adhere and go on nice and smooth.  I didn't take a pic of what they looked like primed but just envision them mostly white. Next I picked out (well actually went to home depot and bought) a can of Krylon Spray Paint Jade Color

Then I gave my nicely primed candlesticks 2 coats of this nice green Jade color.  The finished product came out looking like this:

Here are some more glamour shots:

They clean up real nicely Professor Plum!

I am linking to:

   UndertheTableandDreaming   The Girl Creative
Tip Junkie handmade projects


  1. Hi Jen,
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  2. very pretty! we don't have that krylon color where i live! so beautiful! i just the the almost instant transformation spray paint and some guts can give a piece! or pieces! thanks for visiting my blog, "cottage romance" and for the very sweet comment! ~deanna

  3. I love them, they turned out great. I love the color. I have to get some more spray paint!

  4. I love this project, and I love the title of this post just as much! :) Made me giggle.

  5. They look like a million bucks! Great job, and great color you picked! I love the whole fireplace arrangement you've done. Looks calm and elegant. :)

  6. Hi Jen...those look fantastic that pretty Jade color. Thanks for joining my newbie party. Please add my link or button to your post as well. Thanks:)

  7. What a great transformation, I really like the color you chose, they make a statement (classy elegance) sitting there by your fireplace. I love to see people use outdated items and make something wonderful.

  8. Well Professor Plum did a great job with this project. Love the color!


  9. Wow those candlesticks turned out so cute! Great job fixing them up and turning them into something you love! Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comment on my striped shower curtain. Hope you have a great one!

  10. You did it! Those candlesticks look amazing!

  11. Those candles are beautiful! I love the color. Great job.

  12. Those candlesticks turned out great! I love the color! I found you through Debbiedoo's and am now a follower. I would love for you to come check out my blog as well!


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