Upcycled Candlesticks

I hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend! It was so nice to have a 3-day weekend just to spend around here and not have to do too much. Since I had a little extra time on my hands I finally was able to tackle a small project I have been planning since I spotted these candlesticks in a thrift store down the street. This is probably the easiest craft you will ever find so brace yourself.

I got the idea after I did this little dessert stand project here. All you need is some spray paint and a few cheap candlesticks!

Black painted candlesticks

Not super interesting, but I saw their potential 🙂 …I think I spent $3 on both of them so not only is this an easy project, but it’s easy on your wallet too!

All you need to do is spray paint them with Frosted Glass paint (after they’re clean and dry of course), let them dry an hour or so (I let them sit a little longer just to be sure, but I’m sure they’d be fine in 20 mins as long as the coat isn’t super thick), then spray paint them in the fun color of your choice!

I went with classic black paint since it will match everything, but it’d be fun to do some cute neon colors for the summer… I’ll have to go pick some fun colors up and do more of this 🙂 Candles everywhere!!

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Trash and Treasures…. thrift stores & flea markets

I’ve always wanted to go to a flea market. I’ve heard many great things (and some bad):

  • You can bargain with people (definitely takes me back to my days in the Congo!)
  • You can find very random things you might not have known you were looking for
  • You can find great deals
  • You can people watch….
Those were enough reasons for me today!

I was on a shopping trip to Wal Mart today for a few Valentines-y things I wanted. In the parking lot next to my Wal Mart, there’s a  giant lot called the Lynnway Mart. They have an indoor area filled with lots of little shops (but I’ve never been inside to be honest… I’ve only heard about it!) and then they have a big parking lot (full every weekend) where people set up tables and set up shop.

Full parking lot:lynnway mart parking lot

Yes, they had boxes and boxes of junk…. of course I saw hundreds of pirated DVDs, knock-off fashion accessories, etc.

Now, I wasn’t very hopeful going in…. I left my wallet in the car, kept some cash in my pocket, and walked around. I was surprised to find quite a few things I would have liked to bring home. Some of the furniture looked decent enough, and I’m sure I could have bargained and gotten a better price than Zimman’s would have given me… 🙂 But I’m not gonna lie. I did see a lot of stuff that looks like someone found in a dumpster and brought it to the market. Most everything seemed covered in a layer of dust…. and there were bins and bins of just pure junk. There was even a guy selling tires!

Yes, it felt very developing world-ish, but I wasn’t bothered at all, … no one was pushy, which made me happy.

I found one friendly Boston man selling some stuff that almost looked vintage or antique. When I started picking things up and asking him for the price, everything I asked him got the answer “That’s five dollahs.”

“–and what about this?”

“Same thing, five dollahs for that one too.”

I was happy to leave his table with a little wooden art case and a rusty kettle. For 5 dollahs each.

This is a “Vintage ‘aht’ box” the guy explained:

art box

Haha, right… not sure if this can be considered “vintage” yet!artist box

On my way home, since I was on a “shop for junk” kick, I stopped at the tiny Salvation Army store in Central Square. I got lucky there too! I found a neat oil lantern for $6 and a dark metal lamp (without a shade but I’ll get one eventually) for $7.99!

kettle, art case, lantern

That’s what a good day feels like. 🙂

lantern