Easy Antiqued Candlestick Remake

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Isn't there something amazing about a fresh coat of paint(even when it's distressed)? I am os excited about these rustic candlesticks!

I love candlesticks. Not because I actually use candles with them, but because of their sculptural forms. Last summer, I painted a couple of candlesticks to make a nautical look, and this is what they looked like:

After living with them for almost a year, I decided that I wanted to simplify. That's part of the attraction of paint—how easy it is to redo. So now, instead of a drybrush heavily rustic look, I have a simple, lightly antiqued look where the form is the center of attention—not the finish.

The steps are pretty easy with this  painted piece. I simply lightly sanded the wax that was on the paint before to rough it up. Then I applied several coats of satin sheet latex paint – I used  Sweet Retreat by Clark & Kensington—I had a sample jar of this color, and it's a extremely light aqua color that just seems fresh to me. I did several coats, sanding between coats to cover up the previous dry brush effect.

When I had achieved the coverage I wanted, I lightly sanded the edges and a few other locations to gain a very light distressed look. In a few places, the distressing went down to the wood, but mostly I exposed the dark blue and gray behind the aqua. Then, I waxed the candlesticks with creme wax and buffed it to a high sheen. It almost looks like these candlesticks are enameled.

I love how a simple paint job can change the look of a piece so quickly! I'm off to more paint jobs...how about you?

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