Candleholder Color Change

Hello everyone, hope all is going well, today I am sharing an update I have done to some candleholders.

You may remember a few posts back, I posted an update I made HERE  in it I mentioned I was going to change the color of my buffet.  

Well, I made the update and the color of the candleholders blended in too much.  I created these a year ago out of old buffet lamps I wasn’t going to use anymore but still loved the bases.  The top where a candle would normally sit is a terracotta flower pot base I added.

Since the color didn’t work I decided to take out my paint and paint brushes.  I wanted these holders to have that gilded look but aged slightly at the same time.


This is the color they were before I began the change.

Still being on lockdown, I wasn’t able to buy paint in antique brass for my bass color.   No stores are open in NJ  and I didn’t want to wait for paint to get delivered.  So what’s a girl to do, mix her own color and that’s what I did.

I had Rub N Buff in my office but one tube wouldn’t have been enough so I knew I was able to mix my own.  I grabbed my bottles of gold and black craft paint and began mixing.


I have no doubt you will be impressed with my mixing tool and container, ha, ha!

20200518_150236This is the color I created adding some black to the gold.  I told you my mixing tool would impress you, don’t you love my wooden stick and paper plate?  Hey, it’s cheesy but works fine for me.


Not bad right?  After a few days of living with them on my buffet they were just a tad to heavy looking for me.

After giving it some thought, I decided to use the same color I painted the buffet and give t them a very light wash.  I did this wash a bit differently than my normal wash.  When I normally wash with paint I use a container filled with water and dip my brush in the water then the tip of my brush into a container holding my paint color of choice.

This time I almost dry brushed  a small area with the paint color and sprayed a rag with a bit of water and rubbed the paint into the brass color I created.  For me, this toned down the heaviness of the brass and at the same time gave them an aged look.


This was before I was completely finished rubbing the paint color, notice the difference?

Here is a bit of the base on the buffet.  I will be sharing this in its entirety very soon.



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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

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