Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What We Accomplished Wednesday #23

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I managed to finish a project this week!  It was a small project, but I did it!!  I am so excited to have some time to create again.  My craft room has been on hold for a long time, but I have spent some time in there too, getting it underway again.  It is a long way from camera ready though, so I'll just have to keep you waiting on that one.

I found this clunky wood candlestick, with a slick glossy finish at a local thrift store.  During a separate trip, I also found the metal piece on top .  It was shiny gold.  Of course, I forgot to take before pictures.  Sigh...maybe one day I'll get this pictures = interesting blogging thing down.

After painting it all out with gray primer it already looked better.

Then the layering process began.  First a coat of gesso brushed on...

...then dabbed back off.  I just keep brushing on and taking off until I like the results.  After layering several coats of gesso, it breathed a sigh of least I did!

I wanted images on it, so I decided to try using the Mod Podge transfer method.  After letting it sit overnight, I tried to gently rub off the excess paper.  It worked pretty well, but I was not happy with the edges of the paper.  I think I should have trimmed closer to the image.  After a little sanding it looked better.  Next I thought I would try to wax it.  It did not work well.  I used clear wax, but it gave the candlestick a yellowed appearance. what?

Back to google I went and found that mineral spirits will remove wax.  Using a fine steel wool pad, I gently rubbed it down with the mineral spirits, then wiped it all clean with a damp rag.  Once dry, I sprayed it with a clear satin finish.  Much better!

Edit:  I treated the metal piece the same as the base, then glued it on top with E6000 glue.


Pretty with a white candle too...or maybe a moss ball.

So that was my project, now on to yours.  The linkups where fabulous!  Here's the Top Ten picks for last week:

I love what Mindi, at My Love 2 Create, did with this oak desk.  I have an oak desk I would love to do this to!

This sweet box was papered and painted by Denise on a Whim.  I love the harlequin pattern.  Pop on over to check out the inside.

How awesome is this theater room.  I love the vintage feel that Jann gave it.  There's lots more to see, so go check it out!

Don't you just want to eat these?  They might not taste too good, but they are adorable.  Marti, from Sewlicious Home Decor, created these from twine and embellishments!

I've seen many pretty wainscot treatments, but Brittani, from Blue Loves Jay, shows how she and her hubby used plywood to create a wood wainscot that is both gorgeous and durable!

I love this bow tie onsie that Hannah, from Sew La Tea Dough, created.  I'm definitely making some of these for baby shower gifts!  I could see one with a fabric flower in place of the bow tie for little girls too.

Jennifer, from Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink, made this adorable "Le Poulet" quilt.  I love the fabrics she used.  

Check out this sweet pink desk done by Lisa, at Create Inspire Me.  I love the paper she decoupaged on the drawer fronts!

Doesn't this Fresh Cream Layer Cake, made by Aimee at Twigg Studios, look delicious?  It's so beautiful too!

I couldn't resist one more recipe this week.  This apple cake, from Ashley's Dandelion Wishes, makes my mouth water!

So what have you been up to?  Show us your stuff!  

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  1. Thanks for hosting, Deborah! Those features were incredible! Have a great week!

  2. So glad you got a chance to be creative Deborah. I love your candlestick. I've tried paint and gesso and haven't been able to make it look very good. I'll have to try again. Thanks for hosting and blessings to you, Patti

  3. Deborah your candle stick turned out AMAZING!! I love what you did!! Thank you so much for featuring my desk and hutch, totally made my day!
    Hugs! Mindi

  4. Love your candlestick Deborah, awesome how well that metal piece fit on top. Don't you just love it when you can merge two pieces to make something completely different. Well done!
    Ramshackle Romance

  5. Great job on the candle stick, I love it! Thank you for hosting! Have a great day, Lori

  6. I am amazed with your candlestick. I need to read closely how you did the design because I would like to make something like it. Of course, I have to find the parts.

    Thanks for the inspiratation.

  7. I really like your repurposed candlestick. Very pretty, such sweet features and thanks for hosting!

  8. Deborah your candle stick turned out so great! Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting!
    Have a lovely week!

  9. Oh my goodness it is so beautiful,clever you :)

  10. Thankyou so much for featuring my cake Deborah im so glad you liked it xxx

  11. Thank you a bunch for featuring my box! And the candlestick you worked on turned out beautifully :)

  12. Hi Deborah I am happy to hear that you have found some time in your buzy life to do some crafts. You did a great job on the candle stick. I am sharing PB ice cream topping today. Thank you for the party Andi

  13. Thank you so much for the feature Deborah! Love, love, love the candlestick--going to have to try the gesso (I'm not even sure where to find it??). Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. Hi Deborah, Love your candlestick project! Thanks for hosting this great party! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  15. Hi Deborah, I love the candlestick! I lot of work tho!!
    Thanks for featuring us!!!!!
    We haven't quite figured out how to "grab a Button" and put it on our blog.
    We are sooo not worthy to blog, we have a hard time figuring out anything!!
    Thanks for hosting the party!
    Faye @ The Shabby Cottage Home

  16. Hi Deborah,
    Thank you so much for the party.
    Have a beautiful day.


  17. Deborah, I'm sorry you had to undo and redo to get your candle stick like you wanted it, but it helps to see the troubles people have with the different transfer methods. I haven't transferred with mod podge because I never quite understood the part where you rub off the paper. I think your final result is gorgeous. The gesso did give it a great textural feel. Nicely done!

  18. Deborah ~ I love your candlestick makeover!!! What a huge difference! Great job, girlie!!! :)

    xoxo laurie

  19. Thanks so much for hosting this great party and especially THANK YOU SO MUCH for featuring my DIY Bow Tie onesies, I am super super excited and have shared your site with my Facebook page! I just got back from camping so only just linked up today's project...better late than never?! Some really great links and projects :-D Have a great week!

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

  20. Hi Deborah, love the candlestick! Thanks so much for the feature. Such a nice surprise!

  21. Love the Candlesticks! Would love it if you came by and shared at I would love it if you came by and shared it at One More Time Events... Hope to see you there...Tammy


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