Thanks to all of the craftiness on Pinterest and a recent trip to an antique store, I have been drooling over anything antique, vintage, aged, or distressed lately. But hitting up the local home stores, everything was too pricey or obviously faux-vintage and made out of some particle board “wood” that certainly does not look like it came from a tree. So after an unsuccessful search at Home Goods & Pier 1 for some vintage looking candlesticks, I found these 80’s beauties at Goodwill:
At $3.99 a piece, I figured… I can make that! I snatched them up before some other inspired shopper could. Come to find out as I placed them on the car seat next to me, the sticker on the bottom read Target. Ok, so not as antique as I thought. Oh well. Let’s Tim Gunn this and make it work! Quick trips to Home Depot and Michael’s shrines to the great Martha Stewart, I ended up with a pre-tinted, tester sized bottle of Martha Stewart Living paint in Cornbread ($2.94– the tester size is the best idea ever), Kilz Odorless spray primer for$5.99 (which, in fact, had no odor) and Martha Stewart Crafts Tintable Antique Effect ($3.00 after coupon at Michael’s).
Step 1: Spray primer
Step 2: Paint
Step 4: After wiping off all of the excess dust, I used the antique glaze mixed with a teeny drop of black paint. When mixed, it was a grayish color. It gave them some shadows and depth. Also, when rubbed off with a cloth, more paint will peel, making it more distressed. Finished product!
Before and after: