So, here are the before pics (which I'm so proud that I actually took!):
They were in great shape, but the color had to go. I scored these at a thrift store for $1.00 each and was able to see major potential as I had all sorts of ideas dancing in my brain. Certainly I was not going to use them as actual candle holders. I mean, that would be absurd. First of all, my daughter would miraculously get hold of the candles and remove wax bits with her fingernails (been there, done that) and/or my son would get one in his mouth and use it as a teething device for sure. SOOOOO, I went the safe route instead (see below).
I used simple acrylic craft paint in a flat finish. When I began painting the candle sticks, it did not adhere too well, so I applied a second coat. No biggie, it turned out well covered after that. Once they were dry, I took sandpaper to the scoops and edges for that distressed look.
I ended up with these:
Now... I couldn't just leave them standing all pretty without topping them with something. Its like going to an English wedding without a hat, just not acceptable. Here's where that cheese dome comes in [oh, yes I did].
Sort of 'cheesy' on its own, don't you think? (sorry, I couldn't resist)
Like peanut butter to its jelly, these guys belonged together. So, on they went. I have yet to glue them in place
because of my commitment issues, but this is the easy part. For now, I will figure out if the "hat" will remain its wooden color or morph into something else. I happen to think its a lovely fall addition, the colors work perfectly for the season and with our table. I also plan on filling this little guy with a few tiny gourds in various colors, which will offset the emptiness of the dome.
Where did the second candle holder go, you ask? It scurried off right onto our shelf, alongside other 'fall' themed decor. Don't you just loooooooooove autumn? This is why I chose black; colors get warmer as the weather gets colder. Plus, it just pops against all the bright colors of pumpkins and mums!