Tool you may need
pliers ~ needle nose and wire cutters and any other pliers for removing nuts and pulling out wiring.
wrenches ~ also for removing nuts and for removing lamp parts as needed.
drill ~ for anything that needs to be drilled out or drilled to hold a candle. Good tool which can be used for adapting your lamp base into its final candlestick redo.
paint and paint brushes ~ use paints which will work on your project (for wood or metal). Have a number of paint brushes available in several small sizes for getting in small spots. A stencil brush is perfect for “pouncing” paint onto areas.
sandpaper ~ for sanding sharp metal or wood edges as needed.
wood ~ you may need to shape a piece of wood like I did for the more ornate candleholder so keep a piece of 1/4″ to 3/8″ thick luan board around, just in case.
jigsaw or hacksaw ~ for cutting through metal or wood and for creating wood pieces to add to your candlestick as needed. Have the right blade for the material being cut, too. *ps ~ Wear eye protection.
glues ~ I picked up some JB Weld and Gorilla Glue gluesticks (stronger than regular gluesticks) for anything I’d want to bond to each candlestick. This time I used JB Weld to really secure the wood disk I cut out with the jigsaw to add a place to hold a candle to the ornate lamp base/candlestick.
This is the lamp base I am calling the Ornate Candlestick ~ love its
egg and dart-type moulding around the body and footing! The rear
lamp base/candlestick has had its the metal top piece cut down.
For the more ornate lamp base I painted on duck egg blue chalk paint then added a darker grey into the crevices and lighter grey to highlight. I went back later and add a little more blue to bring out other features.
Lastly I used my finger and lightly added silver highlights to the edges making it not too dark or perfect as I was looking for a worn look. I also added silvering around the rings and to the egg-and-dart moulding around the base and body.
Really love how it turned out!
Here you can see where I was rubbing off some of the fresh paint as I went ~ this gives the piece that vintage Old World French look with lots of yummy layers of paint showing through. Perfect imperfection!
In this next photograph I was dry brushing on the second layer of paint, the darker grey ~ building the paint layers for wiping back later on. With each layer you paint here and there on your candlestick, you’ll get that rich look seen in expensive pieces found at designer stores for a fraction of the cost.
Each of these were fully-working lamps I found for $5.00 or less. The really ornate lamp base I picked up for $2.00 as it was half-price day!
A couple of the chalk paints I used: DecoArt Americana Decor
Chalky Finish ADC27 (is a medium grey) and for the green-blue I used
Plaid/FolkArt Home Decor chalk paint in Sage #6351.
For the brown lamp I painted on greys then layered on cream and went back and added more greys in light grey and a darker grey chalk paint. Another tutorial I did earlier this summer on the nightstand in the background shares more of these paint techniques and can be found here and here.
For silvering and gilding, I used Amaco’s Rub’nBuff in Silver Leaf and Gold Leaf.
This photograph shows several things including the wood filler/putty used to fill
the holes left on each lamp base/candlestick when the lamp wiring was removed.
When I got a look I liked, I took a small paintbrush and added a light layer of gilding around some of the candlestick’s rings. You can do this with just your finger, too.
Here they are when they are all finished.
A couple of circles of slightly graduated sizes had to be cut from lightweight birch luan to create a place for a pillar candle to sit on the ornate candlestick.
If you are cutting circles look around your kitchen for anything which is the size circle you need and trace around it.
After a light sanding the disks were glued together with Gorilla Glue ~ very strong and it fills in crevices.
After drying for a few hours I measured and marked the center of the bigger disk (this will be my top) and drilled through it.
Place a piece of scrap wood underneath so you don’t damage your table. I used a doubled-up piece of cardboard and was careful with drilling ~ that’s what this photo is showing.
Then using your drill, hold your disks and drill back and forth through them a few times to widen the hole and to smooth the center. The metal piece on the ornate candlestick was 3/8″ and that’s the diameter drill bit I used.
Definitely measure any lamp screw on your lamp bases if you are leaving them but will be adding wood like has been done here.
If your lamp base has a central open screw surrounded by resin and another lip you can try to drill out the center for a tall taper candle (my original intention for this lamp-turned-candlestick).
The center pieces weren’t coming out without chisels so I went ahead and used a hacksaw to saw off the remaining wood, resin and metal screw tube in the center.
In the evening I was able to finish painting these two candlesticks along their tops after filling in the openings with some Gorilla Glue and wood filler.
So… a little before and after.
|Taken with an old camera phone ~ maybe my iPhone 4… Love this one!
Just found this photograph on Facebook that I took about six years ago so am adding… Love my sweet daughter Amy with these candlesticks ~ I think they will all go well together, don’t you?
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