A few weeks ago I found a treasure trove of items at my local thrift store…all at 30% off the sticker price. Oh how I love the Purple tag sale days! I found a Rococo style mirror from the ’70’s, a Rococo style wall planter thingy, two matching wall decor frames, and this beautiful bronze candle sconce from the ’60’s. Okay, I know, it’s ugly. But I knew that it had the potential to be beautiful.
I removed the mirror and then sprayed the sconce down with a light solution of TSP and water and then scrubbed it with a nylon brush.
After it had dried, I noticed that the dust/dirt build up in the crevices was still there, so I sprayed it again with the TSP and used a brass cleaning brush. I got a set of three prepping brushes in the paint section at Lowe’s for about $3; Included were: a nylon brush, a brass brush, and a steel brush.
After it was dry–again–I gave it a nice coat of primer.
Now to choose a color. Blue? Turquoise? Yellow? Red?
I really could not make up my mind, so I posted the pics up on FB for a vote.
And the winning color was: Turquoise!
And if you forgot how ugly it was here’s a before and after to enjoy.