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Wonders Of Spackle.

Thank you everyone for all the sweet comments you left on my Pottery Barn inspired  lazy susan project.  I was just blown away by your kindness.

This is another project I did the same day as the lazy susan.  I had this pair of altar candlesticks in my shop for six months and they never sold. When I bought them I really did not like the gold finish but I left them alone thinking someone else might like it.  Here is one of the candlesticks in all its golden glory.

I wanted a chippy plaster look so I pulled out the wall spackle paste. You may remember the lamp I used a similar technique on.  This is such an easy project but it makes quite a transformation.
First add spackle to the candlesticks covering as much as you want of the old finish.  I found it was easiest to apply this with slightly damp fingers.  You don’t have to be careful here. Some areas I did a light coat and others I just globbed it on.  When dry take sandpaper and lightly sand the areas that look too rough.
  The next step is to add glaze. I used Ralph Lauren Smoke because I always have this around. Lightly apply the glaze and wipe off until you get the look you want. Finish the candlesticks with a coat of spray varnish or polyacrylic.
Here are the new improved candlesticks.
In person they do look like chippy plaster.
Here’s a close-up.
You can see I left a little of the gold peeking through. I have them sitting on my $6.00 thrift store silver tray.
Decided I like them better on the buffet.  Now I am debating whether to take them back to the shop or not.
I also want to show you a great project I found while browsing through other blogs.  Heather at  Dollar Store Crafts made the most adorable chandelier from Christmas beads bought at the dollar store. You have to check this out and see some of her other thrifty projects.
Thanks Heather for letting me share this!

78 thoughts on “Wonders Of Spackle.”

  1. those are awesome! i tell ya, i dont think i would ever come up with any ideas like i find through my blog list.. there are some pretty amazing and creative women out there. and youre one of them!

    thanks for sharing.

  2. Miraculous transformation. I am so glad they didn't sell. It seemed so easy for such a great outcome. Don't you love it when that happens.
    Great thing about having a shop, you use it til you tire of it, then sell it and bring something else home. Girl, you got the best of both worlds.
    Oh, when you do put them back in the shop, raise the price. Hugs, Ginger

  3. The candlesticks are beautiful. When I first saw them I thought they were pretty and that they didn't need anything done to them– I like the gold finish — but you really made them even better!

  4. Great transformation Sherry, I can't believe the difference a little spackle and glaze made, they look positively grand.

    I have two small candlesticks in the basement that I've been contemplating sending to GW because I just didn't like them. This may be their saving grace.

  5. I bought a couple of bronzy altar candlesticks at tj maxx and haven't been able to decide how to redo them.Thanks for the inspiration. Now I know what to do! Love them!

  6. Miracle of miracles!!! I was actually wondering how this sort of thing would work this morning, thinking I was on to something, but I am soooo happy to see you went there already…I probably wouldn't have taken the risk…so seeing your terrific results, I am overjoyed to rethink what I was thinking. I really hope this all made sense, maybe I should have just said "Great job! Love the idea!" hahahaha!

  7. Those turned out great. Although, I would've snatched them up as is in all their chunky gold glory if I was able to go in your shop! ;). I also wanted to give you a big ol' WOOT-WOOT! on your $1 version of the PB lazy Susan. I actually like yours much better. I linked back to your antique sign and I remembered that's why I started following you in the first place, I love that sign!
    Have a blessed weekend!

    Missy

  8. What a beautiful transformation! I love that chippy plaster look and you really nailed it. Now, I am off to look around my house for something to spackle! Oh by the way – you gotta keep them!

  9. Sherry they look amazing!!
    Can I ask what kind of spackle you used? I have a very similar Goodwill candlestick lamp. Soon to be candlestick only. The same too bright gold finish. I'd love to try this.
    And that dollar store beaded chandy really is quite amazing! So glad to hear from you. Glad you liked my haunted room *winks* Now I'm following you too. Vanna

  10. You're a sweetheart! I wish I could meet you.. you know? It's not easy to find people like you and on top of all, you're sooooo talented! Good job!

    Oh I wanted to tell you… today I posted my dream home! It's the most well designed house I've ever seen.

    Have a blessed week, Sherry!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  11. Spackle~ who knew? These look wonderful, Sherry. They have such an expensive, old world look. I think you'd sell them now! Unless, of course, you refuse to move them from your own tabletop! LOL Wanted to say I loved the Lazy Susan transformation, too. Glad you're feeling better. 🙂
    ~ Sue

  12. Hi Sherry…

    Girlfriend, you are sooo creative and talented! I remember the lamp that you did the old plaster technique on…it turned out fabulous! But I would have never thought to do that same technique on the candlesticks. Ohhh my gosh, they turned out gorgeous…I love this look!!! I also love the old world chippiness of your candlesticks with the silver tray…gorgeous, my friend! I think they look beautiful on your buffet…I would have to keep them! Hehe! I am definitely going to keep this plaster technique in mind…I would love to try it! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and talents with us, sweet friend! You always inspire me!

    Warmest winter wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

    PS…almost forgot, I also really enjoyed the string pearl chandelier…sooo pretty!

  13. Adore, adore, adore them and I have never heard of this technique. I have plenty of heavy gold things that got retired. I am going to have to try this, who knew!

    Thanks for the fabulous tip.

  14. Absolutely gorgeous, these turned out wonderful. I can't imagine that you want to sell them now 🙂 I am definitely going to try that spackling trick.
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Just wondering if you've ever tried this on furniture??? I've seen some really chippy, layered colors on buffets and dressers and it looks thicker than even chalk paint can achieve. Might be worth a try!

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