Easy Spray Paint Update: Thrift Store Candlesticks

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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!

Easy spray paint update for old brass thrift store candlesticks found at a thrift store. Spray paint project. Update with spray paint.

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.


Brooklyn Limestone

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.

Easy Spray Paint Update

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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.

Easy Spray Paint UpdateI found the glass jar at TJMaxx last summer. The bird on the lid reminded me of the little yellow bird in my logo.

Easy Spray Paint UpdateSome 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.

Easy Spray Paint UpdateSince 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.

Easy Spray Paint UpdateI 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.

Heirloom Clock ~ On Sutton PlaceI’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.

Easy spray paint update for old brass thrift store candlesticks found at a thrift store. Spray paint project. Update with spray paint.

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  1. Such a great idea. I have these old huge brass candlesticks that for some reason I just keep hanging on to. So strange looking at the things you paired with them. I already have the lemons and the blue and white theme going on and this is just going to make it look Awesome. Thank you so much.

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  4. Glenda Childers says:

    Such a fun project with the perfect shade of yellow. Alexandra Stoddard says, “every room needs a little yellow.”

    Edinburgh, Scotland is my second favorite city. And i always pick up a plate or two when I am there.


  5. cathy simonetti says:

    absolutely love the ‘yellow’ candlesticks……I like how you think Ann and I do so enjoy reading your blog….it’s
    elegant like you!!!!!

  6. Keeping It Cozy says:

    That is such a great project, Ann! I love the yellow and the candlesticks were transformed into something so pretty! The clock is beautiful too. Hope you have a great week!

  7. Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline says:

    Oh my goodness, Ann ~ I love the color you chose ~ I stare at paint colors until I go cross-eyed trying to pick the perfect color and then I’m still not sure even once I use it. These turned out perfectly.

    Thanks so much for sharing at this week’s Project Inspire{d}. Pinning to the Party Board.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Mary Beth

  8. Shannon @Fox Hollow Cottage says:

    Beautiful post. You’ve got to love spray paint for the quickies! They sure look great now. And the perfect buttery shade for sure!! I know… I like Autumn too, but I hate to rush my short little Oregon Summer out the door too fast ;0)

  9. I love it Ann! You are definitely speaking my language with all the yellow!

  10. I was thinking that they had a really nice satin finish and then you said it took 3 coats. They look amazing. I love how they turned out.

  11. Cathy Askia says:

    I love your living room. It is charming and the yellow is so cheerful!

  12. Anne Boykin says:

    Hi Ann, You inspire me to use some yellow in my d├ęcor!! The yellow with the blue & white is so fresh. The plates on the wall are perfect. Thanks for your lovely blog.

  13. Amy @ Ms. Toody Goo Shoes says:

    The candlesticks look amazing, especially paired with the jar of lemons. How wonderful that you can take joy in the clock on a daily basis!

  14. Love yellow and your photos are beautiful…can I ask where you got the rug under the coffee table? I love it!!!!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  15. Your candlesticks look amazing! Love, Love that shade of yellow. I’m pinning it. Thanks and have a great weekend.

  16. Judy Clark says:

    Ann, love your redo on the candlesticks. Love the color! But then, I love yellow. I’m doing a series on sunflowers and watermelons. End of summer…..


  17. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    I love how yellow is your signature accent color, Ann. It makes your blog such a cheerful place to visit!


  18. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Oh my gosh Ann! Those candlesticks are just gorgeous in that beautiful shade of yellow! And THE CLOCK! Wow! I was wondering if your lemons are real because I found some faux ones at Hobby Lobby last year and they are so real looking that I almost cut into one by mistake! I’m pinning this because I plan to spray paint some glass candlesticks for a craft project for our church’s bazaar!

  19. Grace @ sense and simplicity says:

    Well done in adding a nice hit of sunny yellow to your coffee table. The yellow looks like a perfect match with the yellow in your chairs. Between you and me, though, I don’t think brass is nasty in the right setting – picture brass candlesticks with a white table cloth and pink accents or brass candlesticks surrounded by gourds in the fall – perfection. You should give it a try ;)

  20. Nana Diana says:

    I love it, Ann. I think it is so fresh and pretty. I never used to care much for yellow but as I have gotten older I find that I love the bright cheery pop it brings to my life. Our powder room is light lemon yellow with white and I LOVE it. xo Diana

  21. LOVE the candlesticks & the plate & its backstory which makes it even more attractive! Your home & your touches are beautiful–as usual! You are an inspiration!! Don’t stop.

  22. Ann, what a great post. I am a lover of all things yellow. These candlesticks turned out so pretty. Do you think this paint could work on glass candlesticks? Also, I see your candlesticks transitioning into fall with pretty sunflowers.

  23. Love it and it looks all lemony like your lemons! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  24. Love the yellow Ann! Stunning shots!

  25. Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG says:

    Love the yellow – and LOVE that clock…brings many memories to mind for me – my Dad is an antique clock collector and I grew up listening to the chimes of many different clocks…It looks lovely in your home

  26. That looks great – it’s still summer and I like to see the pretty, bright colours and summer themes endure through August.

  27. I’m off to a thrift shop on this wet Friday morning after my class at the Y. Searching for picture frames and now candle holders. Your Hubbell Golden Maize candlesticks are striking and I do like the yellow rug under your coffee table. A new rug looks to be my next purchase for my living room. Thank you for these inspirations.