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Candles in the Wind

Oh how I wish I had taken a before picture of this candelabra before I revamped it. I found it at my favorite thrift store and walked around with it while I made up my mind if I was going to buy it or not. Do you ever do that or am I the only one? This piece was brown wood and covered with sticky dust that been on it for a long time. It also had dusty plastic green flowers woven through it. Ewwww!.

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I finally convinced myself that this was a diamond in the rough and at $4.99 it was a bargain. When I got it home the first step was to clean it with a damp cloth and get rid of those horrid plastic flowers. For the second cleaning I used some wood cabinet cleaner which took care of the built up dusty grease. Yes, there is such thing as dusty grease.

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Sometimes when I spray paint I end up with drips. Drippy paint marks are a quick way to ruin a project. For this job I bought White Valspar Paint + Primer in one. No drips, no fuss, no muss. I gave it two coats and it came out just perfect. It’s lovely on its own, with just candles but I’m a bling kinda gal and wanted to give it some sparkle.

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The acrylic garland came from efavormart and I got five strands for (3 ft each) for $14.99. Another bargain!!!. The pink acrylic drops have little magnets and area actually meant for attaching to lamps. I say they can be attached to anything except electronic devices. They were not on my radar while at Pier 1 last winter but I was thrilled that they jumped into my basket.

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I like having the option to change the decorations on this to fit any color palette or theme. I can see this being on a shabby chic table or in a romantic setting. What really helped convey the shabby chic feeling of this thrift store makeover is the table cover.

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Back in the fall Charisse gave us a walk through of her new home . In the room that is now Gabbi’s I couldn’t take my eyes off the sheers on the window. My daughter knows me very well. She said, “You want to use these on a table don’t you?” They were way to cute to toss in the trash so now they’re mine. Sometimes I feel like Fred Sanford scavenging through throw aways. At any rate they were perfect for this setting. Have you found any good thrift finds lately, inquiring minds would like to know?

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28 thoughts on “Candles in the Wind

    1. Sandra Post author

      You’re so nice Shirley! I have some projects that I wouldn’t show to anyone they have so many drips and splotches on them. That’s what

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  1. Christine

    OMG I used to have one of those and I gave it away! It was oak colored with black plastic inserts for the candles….if only I had seen what you did before I donated it to the thrift store!

    Its gorgeous BTW!

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    1. Sandra Post author

      That was it exactly Christine it had the black plastic inserts! Isn’t it amazing want a can of spray paint will do? Thanks for the visit!

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  2. Alycia Nichols

    Hey there, “Fred”! Don’t be embarrassed. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and you’re just on a treasure hunt 24/7/365!!! 🙂

    You did an OUTSTANDING job with this piece! Going that extra mile to add the bling really made a big difference, too! You can use this piece and change it up….what a terrific buy!

    I have not only heard of dusty grease, but I have tackled it many a time. NOT my finest hour when I discover it in my own kitchen, I assure you! 😉

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    1. Sandra Post author

      Yeah, that dusty grease is a killer! At least you can get a good arm workout from tackling it. I love channeling my inner Fred Sanford and finding a good bargain. Wouldn’t be hilarious to have that show’s theme song as my ringtone?!?!?!?

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    1. Sandra Post author

      It’s seems like forever since I’ve hit up the thrift stores and I can’t wait to get back to the hunt. Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Sandra Post author

      Thank you so much Sam. The blinged out ones in the stores and online are way to pricey for my wallet so I had to go to plan B.

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  3. Candy S

    I’m glad I saw this post. I have two of those old oak candelabras very similar to this one. I used them on a Halloween table last year (I had placed little plastic skeletons hanging off of them). I have been staring at them ever since then sitting out on the shelf in the garage. Thank you for the inspiration! They were about to go back to Goodwill, but now I am thinking to get them painted and blinged out like yours. Thanks!!

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    1. Sandra Post author

      Thanks generating another idea Candy! I can give this piece a goth and glam look for Halloween. I appreciate your visit and kind words.

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  4. Wanda

    The perfect shabby chic combo with the sheer. I do look thru my local thrift store more often, now that I have seen all the cool stuff the tablescapers score.

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    1. Sandra Post author

      I used to thrift a couple times a week but I’m running out of storage space. However, I will nab one of those candelabras whenever they’re available!

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  5. Kim

    So you have two gorgeous blogs? I just popped over from your yummy blog to find this enchanting piece. Wow, what a creative lady you are! This is so charming and dainty, I love it!

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