Finally the days are getting warmer and longer! I can’t help feeling all giddy inside, because “Spring is here” translates to four things in my vocabulary: more outdoors, more tag sales, more shopping and more goodies at Put&Take. While I am all hyped up and happy, Greg’s take on it is more like: driving thousands of miles between tag sales, Hobby Lobby, HomeDepot, Lowes, local nurseries and home, and as a result of her crazy shopping spree having a ‘honey do’ list as long as a roll of toilet paper.
Though you would think he was getting ready for the Facial Gymnastic Olympics (raised eyebrows, rolling eyes, pouting lips, annoyed squint, etc), last weekend wasn’t bad for the first shopping spree of the season. I only spent a total of $6 on this pillar candle holder and the bird finial which I found in Hobby Lobby’s discounted items aisle.
Not bad, eh? With a little bit of paint and a mending of the broken part, both will look great.
As usual, I started off with the mending. I thought of filling it first but since the candle holder was made from hollow ceramic, that would require a ton of filler just to get to the level of the broken part. Besides it would make this candle holder heavier. Instead, I came up with one of my weird fixes. First I twisted some paper to make it stronger yet still pliable.
Then I poured a bit of hot glue into the hollow from the hole of the broken part. The plan was to have something sticky at the bottom of the hollow ceramic.
Right after pouring the hot glue, I started pushing the twisted paper in. Once it reached the bottom, I waited a little so the hot glue would dry totally and adhere to the paper.
Now that the paper was stuck to the bottom, I pushed a bit more paper in until it reached up to the level of the broken area. Then using a tiny bit of hot glue, I glued the top part the paper to the circumference of the broken area. By doing so, I had only a little bit of area to fill with my “go-to” filler, DecoArt Dimensional Effects. Besides, as I used only a bit of hot glue and paper (which are both light materials), I didn’t change the center of balance of the candle holder.
Next, using DecoArt Dimensional Effects, I filled the final little gap to have a nice continuous surface then waited for it to dry and cure.
As my quick fix was complete, both items were ready for paint. I gave them 2 coats of my homemade chalk paint in custom matched Old White color.
After giving enough time for the paint to dry, I started antiquing them with Americana Decor Antiquing Wax. I will soon prepare a tutorial for decorative painting and using antiquing wax, however, for now my White Horse post has a good amount of pictures and information on that subject. So if you need to learn more about the application of antiquing wax, you may want to check the White Horse post.
If you’ve been following us, you may know that I am not a big fan of gold color, so I never use it on its own. However, I do like it as an accent to certain colors on certain decor items, and this candle holder and the finial fall into those type of decor items. Therefore, after I finished antiquing, I decided to apply some Rub’n Buff in Autumn Gold, which has a copper tone to it.
Here are my updated pillar candle holder and finial.
They don’t look like $3 each, do they?
Some close-up pictures for you.
I really love how the copper-ish gold accents the antiqued off-white. I think these two colors really complement each other, especially on the reliefs.
As if it never had a broken part.
I hope you liked my fix for the candle holder and finial.
If you missed what I did with this old silverware box, click here to see how lovely it turned out.