Easy Spray Paint Update: Thrift Store Candlesticks
Welcome to the last hurrah of my “It’s Still Summer” series. Don’t take that to mean that I think summer is now over…because I don’t. I’ve just run out of lemon projects so I figured it was time to call it a day. This easy spray paint update is totally DIY and so quick you can whip it up in no time. What perhaps might take the longest is hitting the thrift shop to find the candlesticks. Amazing what kind of trouble a blogger can get into at a thrift shop!
Below is my inspiration picture. When I ran across this I knew it was perfect for my coffee table…which hasn’t seen an update since Easter. Seriously.
I tried to find yellow candlesticks online but quickly found out not only were they hard to find, but when I did find them the price was too high. So off to Goodwill I went. I came home with 5 candlesticks for the low price of 5 bucks (total.) In the spirit of keeping it real, I have to confess that I don’t have a before picture of the candlesticks. I took a few, but I used the wrong camera settings and they were so bright a few didn’t even show up. I tried editing them but they were beyond hope. Just use your imagination and picture nasty brass candlesticks.
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For this easy spray paint update, I used Valspar Satin Spray paint in Hubbell House Golden Maize. I’m never very confident when I make a paint choice, but in this case I can proudly say that I was spot on. It is the perfect shade of dark butter yellow.
I found the glass jar at TJMaxx last summer. The bird on the lid reminded me of the little yellow bird in my logo.
Some candles and a bag of lemons were the finishing touches…along with a tiny plate I purchased in Scotland a few years ago. My son was studying abroad in London so we hopped the pond for a visit. We spent a few days in Edinburgh and had the opportunity to stop at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Their gift shop was amazing. Not the normal “tourist trap.” They had lovely things and this little plate called my name.
Since the candlesticks were in such bad shape (remember you’re using your imagination) it took 3 coats of spray paint to get this nice satin finish.
I hope you like these candlesticks with their easy spray paint update because you will probably be seeing them from now until the snow flies. Over the next few months, I’ll show you how to add touches of autumn to what you already have for your fall decor. It’s not necessary to start from scratch all the time.
I’d like to share with you the very last piece we inherited from my husband’s father. This pendulum clock hung in the sitting room of my father-in-law’s home forever. It moved to his condo with him and hung on the wall there as well. After his death, when we just days away from the closing, I realized that the clock was still on the wall. No one had expressed interest in it so I had a clock repairman take it away for a cleaning and inspection. Months later, it finally arrived at it’s new home here On Sutton Place. I am happy to have it and every time it chimes, it warms my heart.