Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Distressed Candlesticks

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If you read my blog regularly, you know that I am a HUGE fan of thrift stores! If you ignore the weird, used clothes smell, and dig in (literally), you can find great stuff! A little paint, some time and effort, and you can make over so many things to decorate with. Frames are my favorite thing to look for.

Some tips for thrifting:
  • Look for objects that are real-this means real wood frames, real china plates, real silver/gold, etc. Plastic and plastic composite stuff really doesn't look good made over.
  • Look for things with nice lines and pretty details (these details will come out when you re-paint or re-finish)
  • Go to thrift stores with a list of things you would like to find, to help you focus as you weed through a TON of junk
  • If you see something you really like, but aren't sure about (a cool side table, a neat frame), realize that it will not be there if you come back in a few days. Stuff gets cycled out fast at thrift stores!

Now, moving on with this post....I found some great candlesticks this guessed it! At Goodwill!

They had nice lines
interesting details
and were a really weird brown/red/gold color! (this is a before shot of them-the picture doesn't show off the odd color that well)

I gave them a quick coat of black spray paint, and used some sand paper to distress the edges. They still had quite a bit of that odd red paint showing, but it actually goes great with the red in my kitchen.
I am encouraging all my readers to go to a thrift shop! You will find treasures!


  1. Great advice! I also love Goodwill!

  2. Sarah, I love thrifting at GW and Salvation Army stores. I just don't go often enough! You gave some great tips...thank you!


  3. Those are beautiful! Indeed, a great find!


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