Thursday, July 11, 2013

Trash to Treasure

Turning the simplest item into something that you love! Sometimes it feels so good to change the look of something and transform it into something completely different. I seem to land up doing this all the time.  Make it new, fix it up, change the color or even the style.

This candlestick was about to be dumped into a landfill somewhere.  It was old, scratched and pretty ugly.  I'm not really sure what it's made of, but it feels like a resin.

I sanded it lightly, which is something that pretty much gets done every time something comes home.  If it's getting painted, then it's getting sanded.  The paint adheres to the item so much better when it's sanded first.

Painted with a brush and using a latex paint, I picked an old "blue" color.  Behr paints make these little containers of "sample" paint that is sold at Home Depot.  You can have them mix up any color from a sample and have these great paints at home for all sorts of projects.  I picked up 5 cans ($2.00 a piece) in blue,  light green, gold, pink and purple.  I use these all the time as a base coat for a Shabby Chic look.

After the candle stick was dried I applied a coat of black glaze and quickly wiped it off with a clean, dry rag.  I bought a can of black glaze at Lowe's.  Valspar makes it.  They mix it up in the store.  $18.00 a can, but lasts forever.

I added the vintage graphic (just for decoration) and tied it up with jute. The graphic I got from the The Graphic Fairy.
 The landfill piece is now nice enough to actually display.

From trash to treasure: for sure!


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