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.
9 thoughts on “New Life for an Old Candle Sconce”
Love the color you picked! It’s perfect for summer 🙂
Thanks! I must admit that my FB friends have good taste.
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.
Thanks Amy! I have really enjoyed reading your blog lately and have found some great ideas and inspiration. Thanks for stopping by my little spot on the internet.
I love it!!! I love the color you chose too!!!!
Well the color FB chose 🙂
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.
Wow! This looks totally different! I love that color! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof
Thanks Jenna! I’m just glad that I listened to my voters on facebook–otherwise it would be red or yellow.