Before & After & After Again: Transforming Old Candlesticks

I’ve loved the shape of these candlesticks from the first moment I saw them five years ago. They're like oversized chess pieces. And they are oversized: the largest is 19" high and the two smaller are 16". I’m still in love with the shape of them but not the original dark finish. Spray paint to the rescue!

I bought these three candlesticks when we lived in a large arts and crafts style house with a lot of dark woodwork and antique furniture. When we moved from that house I re-painted the candlesticks white and used them as display in my storefront. Then, after moving from the storefront to a studio, they were relegated to a box in storage. I rediscovered the candlesticks a couple weeks ago and I still love them but now they need another color update.

I was fairly new to spray paint when I repainted the candlesticks the first time and I didn’t realize the importance of primer. Without primer the white painted chipped off easily. Because the candlesticks were moved around frequently, there was a lot of chipping.

Now that I'm repainting the candlesticks again, I've decided to learn from the mistakes of my past and use primer. And now I really understand the benefits of priming! The red spray paint went on the candlesticks smoothly and more evenly than the white paint.

After two coats of paint, I'm totally delighted with the drama that the red paint added to the candlesticks!

Images: Jason Loper