Years ago, we used to take in student boarders to supplement
our income while raising five kids.
One of them bought us these candlesticks for Christmas one year
and these ended up being relegated to outside parties
....not that we didn't love the gift!
I decided to try my hand at the wondrous chalkpaint that can cover
just about anything.
(I learned how from Maureen at It's All Connected)

I'm showing you the three different stages of the redo here....

1.  Two coats of chalk paint made with Antique White Latex (2/3rds) & Plaster of Paris          (1/3rd) with a little water to thin out.
2.  I sanded (painstakingly) the ridges of the candlestick and applied walnut acrylic
     craft paint with the tip of my finger in a cloth, gently onto the edges.  I wanted to keep
     a shabby look to it.  (dab the excess off onto another rag before applying this or you'll      have globs.)  Touch up any mistakes with more chalkpaint.
3.  I sprayed this with a fast drying Clear Diamond Coat of protection.  I was going to use      paste wax and actually started to...big mistake...too difficult with all the detailing in          these candles.
I'm pretty thrilled with the finished product
and they don't look anything like they used to!  They can be used any time
of year or for any special occasion!
I like that they look somewhat distressed and they will be used inside now!

I thought adding some hurricane lamp glassware would be
a different look for them...and it is....until you are showing your friend
Maureen the bottom of the lamp and you tip it and smash the glass
to smithereens!  Yup....I'm a clutz...just in case you hadn't figured that one out yet!
Luckily, it wasn't one of Dan's good ones...eek!

So, ultimately, I believe I'll stick with NO GLASS and
I think I prefer the look anyway.
Which look do you prefer?
Safety first!

I'd like to ask a favour...even though I'm not a world famous blogger?
I've been following That's What (Che) Said almost since I started
blogging in August and Cheryl is having her very first linky party
As you can imagine...she's pretty nervous no one will come to her party.
I know I'd be scared! Eek!
With all those awesome, fabulous ideas out there, could some of you please
go check out her linky party?
NO RULES and it's over a month long!
I was honoured with being the first one!  Yay!

(The following is an exerpt from her posting for the linky party)

"This link party will run November 25th through January 7th.  Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Years are all included!  I’m an equal opportunity Link Party Hostess!  Alright, what are you waiting for???  Link up your fabulousness!

(this is my first link party so if you’d spread the love I’d really appreciate it!  This feels like the first day of a new school for me! )

I will also be doing several feature posts showcasing YOUR awesome projects!  I can’t wait!!!  Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook!  I will also be featuring linked items there as well!!"

A place to link up anything holiday!  DIY, Recipes, Crafts, Decor, Decorations, Parties, Ideas, Hints, etc. 
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special
Sunday's Best Linky Party!

11/22/2011 10:12:32 pm

I love the chalk paint... and I love that you made it yourself! They look great!

Tiffany {Living Savvy}

11/23/2011 01:01:31 am

They look beautiful either way but I'd stick with no glass! ha ha ~ Maureen

11/23/2011 11:45:53 am

Beautiful transformation! It's so much fun upcycling treasures, isn't it? I want to thank you for the chalk paint recipe, too! It'll be so much cheaper than buying the little quart cans. :)

xoxo laurie

11/23/2011 06:35:11 pm

Great distress painting. It really helps to see the stages in the painting.

11/23/2011 09:44:08 pm

Love how you did these. I need to try making that paint. Maybe after I move. I also like it best without the glass.

11/23/2011 11:36:28 pm

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my bouncing pony makeover :) I'd love to see a pic if you re-do your tiger. I'm loving these candles, you did a great job!

11/24/2011 10:33:59 pm

What a wonderful poem you posted.
Yes Wendy! We are Canadians too! We are from Alberta. Go Canada. You are right. There are fewer Canadian bloggers.

11/26/2011 07:08:41 am

These look wonderful! I think I like them best without the hurricane glass (at least for indoor use) They would be beautiful outdoors at night though.
I've tested this paint with grout, calcium carbonate and Plaster of Paris. I think I like the POP recipe the best. It certainly looks great on your candlesticks!
Thank you for sharing :)

11/27/2011 08:07:17 am

I love these candle sticks. I like them either way, and would alternate the ways I display them. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

11/27/2011 08:12:32 am

Wow! They are so versatile now! I prefer no glass too. :)

11/27/2011 08:57:50 am

I am always amazed how a coat of paint transforms something. I love them painted white, and the antiquing with glaze on top really shows their detailing now. I like without the glass. To me the glass makes them "less" shabby chic. You were lucky to get these as a gift. Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday's Best. You deserved being featured, that milk can was gorgeous.

11/27/2011 10:43:20 am

A beautiful did a great job. I'm a new follower, please drop by when you have a chance.

11/27/2011 11:24:56 am

Beautiful! So jealous! Wanna share? :)

11/27/2011 12:03:33 pm

Everyone is so kind! It's lovely to hear positive feedback on a project I worked hard on! Thanks Everybody! xo

11/27/2011 12:34:32 pm

Wow! Beautiful. Great job. I will try to link to the 25 days of Christmas party, but first I have to come up with a project!

11/27/2011 08:57:48 pm

These are Beautiful! Love how you did them! I love chunky candle sticks!

11/27/2011 11:19:00 pm

What a transformation! They look great!

Visiting from the Newbie Party at Debbiedoos.

11/27/2011 11:27:58 pm

Gorgeous make-over! I love them without the glass :)

11/28/2011 12:27:18 pm

I love the new look! I just came over from Debbie Doo's. I just got some candle holders that look very similar and was thinking of painting them white. Now that I've seen these, I know I will! Now I'm gonna head over to Cheryl's. :)

11/28/2011 01:18:36 pm

I am so happy to help out other "new" bloggers, especially with her 1st party! Thank you for the invite, and I hope it goes well for her. I will go over and see.
Love what you did with the candle sticks, give me an idea on what to do with the three I have.
Over from Debbie's Newbie party and am a new follower....hope you can drop by


11/29/2011 10:10:19 pm

These are FABULOUS!! I love the antiqued look.

P.S. More the Merrier Monday ends tonight. Stop by and link up if you have not already.

11/30/2011 02:55:34 am

Your candlesticks look beautiful! I like them both ways.

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottaw
11/30/2011 08:58:00 am

Love the makeover, Wendy! The paint really did transform those candlesticks.

11/30/2011 09:01:50 am

Love the makeover, Wendy! The paint really did transform those candlesticks. I think they look great with or without the glass. But I prefer them WITH the glass. ;)

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

12/5/2011 02:11:37 am

Hi Wendy, greetings from Northern Ontario. I absolutely adore what you did with the candlesticks. I have a couple of sets similar to those (I bought them at The English Butler). I am sending you mine so that you can do the same to them, LOL Excellent job. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

10/23/2012 10:32:18 am

They look beautiful I love these candlesticks!


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