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BJ & PB Inspired Candle Holder

Everyone can relax…I survived shopping on Black Friday. The worst places were Kohl’s & Toys R Us, but everywhere else I walked right up to a register. The silly thing is, I waited in a line wrapped halfway around Kohl’s to get 50% off a pack of play dough and Shake ‘n Go Mater. The sales clerk said, “You waited in that line for this?!” “Yes. Yes, I did.” I found some great toys for my boys and nephew at Toys R Us, but I don’t think I’ll be venturing out again in future years. I really don’t like malls, I hate feeling rushed & pushed, and you can get great sales online in your pjs. So, now that’s done…on to the BJ & PB inspired makeover. (BJ & PB…that almost sounds like a sandwich…or am I alone, here?)

When I was growing up, I always remember having this big, brass candle holder in our living room. We would put a candle ring on it when we brought out the Christmas decorations, but it otherwise sat neglected in a corner. It ended up in the garage for a few years and finally my mom brought it to me to sell in the shop. I guess there are people out there who like 1970′s decor and brass, so I put it in the shop. No takers. No surprise. So, I was going to donate it to Goodwill, but then I saw this picture posted by BJ at Sweet Nothings. She was inspired by these large Pottery Barn candle holders (on left) and actually hunted for some tall brass holders – just like the one I couldn’t unload. She finally found some and painted them black to copy the look of the holders she loved in the PB catalog (on right.) Don’t her copies look great? Now, as most of you know, I paint e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. Why didn’t I think of this? I think when you’ve had something since childhood, it’s hard to look at it in a new way. So, here’s the candle holder in all of it’s ugly brassiness on my equally ugly kitchen floor (and in a bad photo, I might add.) And here it is as it always wanted to be – painted in a sleek Oil Rubbed Bronze finish. I love it so much, I’m not sure if I want to sell it anymore. All I need now is a candle ring to dress it up for Christmas! Thanks, BJ, for showing me something I didn’t see on my own.

Miss Mustard Seed

My Dad left this comment: “Just for the record, that candlestick holder came from a small shop in Dongdu Cheon-ni, Korea where I bought it for your mother. There was a little old Korean man who had a small smelter and who collected spent brass from the US Army range firing to make things to sell back to the GIs. We have several brass figurines around our house including a model of the tank I was on. I might get you to “blacken” that one some day. ” I’m keeping that candle holder for sure, now. :)







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  1. So glad you kept it… the power of paint!
    Passing the Kreativ Blogger Award on to you! Check my blog for the image and rules.

  2. I'm looking for some myself! Love the black!!!

  3. Looks fabulous! I love black finishes! ~Liz

  4. Ahhhh….the power of blogging at it's best. Sharing! Learning! Teaching!

  5. I enjoy learning from my Southern neighbors just as much. I had no idea there was such a think as oil rubbed bronze spray paint until I read about it on someone's blog a few weeks back.. I actually drove to the US just to pick up a few cans . Now I am looking at everything differently. Love the candle sticks!

  6. Great idea! It turned out great!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Traci

  7. I love this idea and now I'm so wishing I had something brass to spray paint!

  8. What a great idea…wish I had thought of it…but now…well, I think I'll just use it…I know just the stick!smiles.

  9. Well done! I never thing to paint things like that! You've inspired me!

    Amy

  10. Looks great!!
    *hugs*deb

  11. Gotta love that! Breathing new life into something you were going to discard.

  12. That turned out awesome. Thanks for inspiring me, I have a tall similar looking candle stick that is SCREAMING at me to give it a makeover. LOVE IT.

  13. Ohhhh very very nice! You know, I think I'm the only one in blogland that hasn't picked up oil bronze spray yet. Thanks for the final kick in the right direction. I'd never sell that gem either. :)

    Thanks for linking up!
    FJ Donna

  14. Thank you for your visit, wow you were in the Disney show for 3 years, that sounds like so much fun. That is worth sharing right there, I think watching a live show would be incredible.

    Glad you popped over.

    Blessings

    »-(¯`v´¯)-»Thanks 4 visiting»-(¯`v´¯)-»Heidi»-(¯`v´¯)-»

  15. I saw BJ's original post, too! Such a great idea, I've tried it on some ugly gold-ish things around the house with really good results.

    LOL at your shopping story, gotta love those snarky holiday sales clerks! ;-)

    Anne

  16. I've just spent the last few minutes looking at many of your posts and what an inspiration you are! I just signed on to follow and I'm looking forward to new posts and visiting some of your old ones. Your painting is just beautiful. Thank you!

  17. *Tee heee….I am so tickled that you were inspired to paint this adorable candlestick ! It turned out just beautiful…bet if you put it back in your shop, it will sell instantly!!
    You did a wonderful job on it!
    hugs, bj

  18. Yes, it does sound like a sandwich! Glad to see you made it home in one piece from Black Friday ~ I never go out on Black Friday. Ever.

    Funny you did this post because I found some candleholders in my basement that I had bought for possible use for a client at one time. They are a silver/nickel type color and because they were metal I was afraid my black spray paint wouldn't adhere. They seem to work at the moment with Christmas decor. Did you use regular black spray paint or one for metals? I'm thinking after Christmas I may want to paint them to use in my living room redo.

  19. Just for the record, that candlestick holder came from a small shop in Dongdu Cheon-ni, Korea where I bought for your mother. There was a little old Korean man who had a small smelter and who collected spent brass from the US Army range firing to make things to sell back to the GIs. We have several brass figurines around our house including a model of the tank I was on. I might get you to "blacken" that one some day.

  20. What a cool back story for those candle holders! I have seen them around the discount stores, too, like TJ Maxx and Marshall's, and I'm pretty sure I saw a box set of three of different heights for like $12.99 at Ross. They were pretty cheap dark wood, but spray paint always helps… and maybe sand or distress? It's really cool to hear what they were originally.

  21. I have painted brass candlesticks as well and they get a whole new look. Very nice :) and Happy Birthday to 'Miss Mustartd Seed'!

  22. What an inspiring project! Off to Goodwill I go…. Dee Dee

  23. I never cease to be amazed at what a little spray paint can do. I just love those huge candle holders!

  24. I own one of the PB candlesticks you show in the pic. I have two brass ones that I have been "hemming & hawing" about painting black. Your post seals the deal!
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  25. Love your dad's story behind the candlestick!!

  26. What a neat, wonderful story and candleholder. :) I wouldn't part with it either.

  27. Wow! Those are so dreamy and amazing designs for holding candles to the stand. Thanks for sharing your view regarding this.

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