Sunday, May 5, 2013

Before and After.....Chalk Painted Candle Sconces

Okay, so I could’ve spray-painted these blasé brown and gold Syroco candle sconces…….

But can spray paint do this?

I think not.

If you’re not familiar with Syroco, the oldest pieces were made out of a heavy wood composite, and the more contemporary ones like these (dated 1966), were made of a hard plastic resin.

These sconces were aching for a makeover, with the arms losing much of their gold finish, as well as needing to be tightened to the body. So I replaced a couple screws, and got started with the chalk paint.

Many layers later (you know Me), of Black, Rust, Teal/Turquoise, Emerald Green, Metallic Gold paint (with a big dose of Gold pigment powder added to mimic gold leaf), clear and dark wax, and of course, sanding.

While I get why most people just spray paint them, for easy and instant gratification, the extra effort in layering, distressing, gilding, and waxing gives these an Old World opulence that no spray paint can achieve.

I realize these sconces aren’t precious heirlooms that required preservation, but when the bones are good, I can’t resist a new opportunity to transform something with chalk paint…..especially when they turn into gorgeous gems like these……..

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  1. Spectacular! (And Syroco comes from Syracuse, my neck of the woods!)

  2. So fun! I just recently found out about chalk paint & need to try it out! I love how these turned out :) Saw you at Shabby Creek :)

  3. Oh my word, they definitely are gorgeous gems. I adore them. I so need to try this technique on a couple of things that I have. Amazing finish. I have a weekly party called Inspire Me and it goes lives every Monday evening. I would so love for you to link this or any other project to my party.
    Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  4. You did a phenomenal job. WHat an artist. Very very nice. I'm impressed. Kathy van Gogh

  5. Beautiful!!

    Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!!

  6. These are truly gorgeous. I'm so glad I found you over at The Shabby Creek Cottage! Blessings, Patti

  7. Oh they look so much better than spray painted versions! have you done a tutorial on the process? I'd love to learn

  8. I would love to learn as well. I have some outdoor urns, etc. that I could do and they would look beautiful.


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