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Yard Sale Furniture Repurposed: Candlesticks

HGTV Magazine gives the simple how-tos of transforming old brass candlesticks into a snazzy centerpiece.

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Photography by Philip Friedman/Studio D

Materials Needed:

  • ammonia
  • medium-grade steel wool
  • spray primer for metal
  • gloss-finish spray paint in assorted colors

1. Clean and Prep

In a well-ventilated area, wipe down the candlesticks with a 50/50 mixture of ammonia and water to remove any dirt. Rub the candlesticks lightly with the steel wool to rough up the metal.

2. Prime and Paint

Coat each candlestick with primer, then let dry. Spray-paint each candlestick, one color at a time. We used Krylon indoor/outdoor paint in Bauhaus Gold, Purple, Bahama Sea and Sweet Cream, and Rust-Oleum in Real Orange and Sun Yellow.

3. Second-Coat Trick

Stand the candlestick upright for the first coat, then flip it over and set it upside down for the second so you cover every nook and cranny. To avoid globs, spray quickly with a light hand from about a foot away.

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