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Shabby Chic Candlesticks - From Drab to Fab in 5 Easy Steps

Shabby Chic Candlesticks - From Drab to Fab in 5 Easy Steps Shabby Chic Candlesticks - From Drab to Fab in 5 Easy Steps

Do you want to make Shabby Chic Candlesticks that take pride of place in your home? drab-brown-candlestick-pre-shabby-chic-treatment

There are lots of old fashioned dark brown wood home decor items that sit in charity shops and car boot sales that are too good to throw out but are not "in vogue" anymore, and candlesticks are one of those items.

After modernising many of these candlesticks I thought I would write this blog to inspire you to have a go, it's not that difficult so any novice crafter can achieve satisfying results.

I bought these at a low price from eBay because I liked the shape, but as you can see even grandma would hide them away in shame!

Step 1 - Getting started - How to Make Desirable Shabby Chic Candlesticks -

The right hand candlestick has been sanded down and is ready for the primer

To provide a key for the paint to adhere to you need to rub down  all the wood with a fine/medium grade sand paper.  

This is a dusty job so old clothes should be worn. Also ladies, if you don't want your rings (or any other hand jewellery for that matter) to be scratched then remove them. Do not sand to the bare wood but just enough to take off all the shine from any existing varnish. It's important to wipe all sanded areas thoroughly as any residue dust from the varnish will discolour and bleed through the paint work.



Step 2 - Apply the wood primer -  

Candlesticks with the wood primer applied and preparing for the top coats of paint

Any wood primer will be OK. Take your time and don't rush as this will produce the best results in the end. I use a 1 cm good quality artist painting brush. Leave the primer to fully dry.






Step 3 - Time for the top coats -

Candlesticks with the top coat chalk paint applied

Paint to a colour of your choice, for best Shabby Chic results chalk white, antique cream or very pastel pink, mint or blue shades are best, I chose an antique cream matt emulsion - I applied 2 coats for even coverage making sure each coat dried thoroughly before applying the next.





Step 4 - That finishing luxurious touch -

Candlesticks with finishing touch of gold paint

I used a make-up sponge and gently sponged on gold paint to the areas I wanted to highlight, for this I used a match pot from Crown paints called Metallic Millionaire - Make sure your sponge is fairly dry of paint, best to apply a little at a time than to over do it and make a mess.

Leave to dry.

Step 5 - To finish I apply 2 coats of Mod Podge decoupage glue/varnish, this seals the porous matt paint and gives a durable wipeable finish

You now have a completely transformed pair of candlesticks that you can be proud of!  From Drab to Fab!

Shop at The Alma Market - If you don't want to get involved with drab to fab transformations and simply want to buy a finished item (lovingly done by me) then visit my website as I'm always producing new things that have been personally painted, decorated, styled and crafted. From jewellery boxes, trinket boxes, hanging hearts to candlesticks and wall art, all are unique and have been given loving care and attention. As you can imagine, they are produced in limited numbers so it's best to buy them when you see them.


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