Hello my sweet friends, how about I share a great DIY with you today?
Our challenge this month is Quarantine Upcyle, a bit different due to the coronavirus and all the restrictions. You know I love upcycling!
A quick mention on the virus, NJ has been hit very hard. Schools are closed for the rest of the year. Businesses are closed and the small business owners in NJ must be feeling serious pain.
My husband who usually works in NYC has been working home going on six weeks. Thank goodness his company is still doing well but many aren’t and at this point NY may be closed for a longer timeas well as NJ. We’ll see.
I have had these lamps for years and don’t use them anymore. I decided to take them apart and make candleholders with them, fun right?
I said the cords out of the base of the lamps. John who’s awesome by the way, took the sockets off for me.
As you can see the tops are a great size for a larger sized candles.
First, painting had to happen, those who have followed me know how this lady loves her chalk paint.
I had ASCP in Duck Egg blue in the house and painted them with that first. I did a very, very light wash of Jolie Antique White over the Duck Egg to tone it down a tad.
Next step was clear and dark wax. I used ASCP clear wax and Maison Blanche dark wax for the waxing. These are usually my go to. I made sure I rubbed the waxes in well.
Next, I used a Champagne colored wax for the gilding. The store I buy my paint from asked if I wanted to try it and I’m thrilled I did.
I have used the wax for many projects. One great thing about waxes, they never go bad which is great for the cost!
I added the gilding bringing out all the details and it added a great French touch.
Notice how much the details on the bases stand out!
Pictured are Luminaria brand battery operated candles sitting inside old crowns. These are staying on my dresser. The pitcher I have had for years is filled with dried lavender and smells glorious, perfect for every French decorated, don’t you agree?
I hope you visit all the ladies listed below and see what they transformed for the Quarantine Upcycle!
I will be making tweaks to pieces in our bedroom and will be sure to share. Stay tuned!