New Life for an Old Candle Sconce

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.

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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.

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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!

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And if you forgot how ugly it was here’s a before and after to enjoy.

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9 thoughts on “New Life for an Old Candle Sconce”

  1. I love that you took the vote to facebook. As soon as I am done commenting, I’m off to like you on facebook. I would have voted turquoise too. The transformation is so pretty. I love made over thrifted finds and this one is no exception.

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    1. My friends have good taste don’t they? I was really leaning towards red or yellow and almost didn’t paint choose the color that won the vote. But since I let them decide, I just had to follow through and I’m really glad that I did.

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