I DO love an easy upcycled home decor makeover! Anytime I can update my home decor style, I get all the feels! Especially when I’ve painted it three times before. Paint changes everything and no reason to give up and buy new. I’m all about saving those Dolla Dolla bills. $$$ And since chalk paint sticks to almost any surface, why not?
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A Few Things You’ll Need For Your Project
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- Candle Holders Upcycled Home Decor
- Drift Wood (chalk mineral paint)
- Paint Brush
- White Wax
- Wax Brush
- Decor Wax (Vega)
This upcycled home decor makeover started out with a pair of candleholders that I had originally painted three times before. Yep! That’s me… I never give up on home decor. When the styles change, I change colors. Since my style is pretty much flea market decor, it works for me.
STEP 1: Apply The Paint
Paint changes everything… #truth. Try updating your home decor by adding a fresh coat of paint. I like the chalky type paints as they usually adhere well to most surfaces. Very little prep is needed before painting. Give it a good cleaning with a little soapy water and rinse the surface well. Load up your paintbrush and get to painting. Most chalk paints will require more than one coat. This is normal.
After painting your home decor project, you can choose to do nothing more. Let it dry and style as desired in your home. OR… you could add colored waxes to bring out the character if your project has some details like these candle holders. Waxes come in many colors and you can have a play day!
STEP 2: Sealing Chalky-Based Paints
Use a good wax brush and liberally apply clear wax over the chalk-painted surface. Next, take a soft cloth and gently buff over the wax until you get a smooth buffed finish.
Step 3: Adding Details With Colored Wax
If you have details on your upcycled home decor project like these candle holders, you might consider using a darker or colored wax over those areas. It’s super easy to apply. Use a small paintbrush or your finger and gently rub it on the areas you want to be colored. Next, buff it back with a soft cloth to soften the lines on those details.
Step 4: Finishing Your Upcycled Home Decor Project
The next step isn’t necessary if you like the look after buffing the darker wax. For this project, I added another light coat of white wax and buffed it well with the soft cloth. Adding the white will soften the look of the dark details and create a subtle and blended look.
Instant Upcycled Home Decor
I’m really happy how these out-of-date candle holders turned out. And of course, I don’t use them for candles. Want to learn more about creative staging? CLICK HERE. What do you think? I’d love to hear what you have to say. Drop me a comment below and thanks for hanging out with me while I paint.
Until the next project… xo, Do