Thrifty Thursday

The Sconces

October 20, 2016

Hey there folks hope you’re all having a fabulous Thursday, I mean at this point it’s almost Friday, WOOHOO!!!

As some of you know I have dubbed Thursday’s, “Thrifty Thursday’s”, but for those of you who are new  here, welcome and enjoy the thriftiness.

For today’s thrifty find I wanted to share with you all these two lovely candle sconces I picked up quite some time ago for a few bucks. Since it was a couple of years back I don’t have any before pictures of them. However, I scoured the interwebs for you all and found a similar pair at Ohio Country Crafts Home Accents and Garden Decor that are pictured below.

Image result for wood wall sconces

 

Let me guess, you’re thinking one of two things right now, 1. Um, I think my grandma has these? or 2. I would never buy these. Great, glad were all on the same page because that’s what I thought too, but then my creative juices kicked in. When you’re in a thrift store or out knickknackin as Dan and I call it, you have to be able to envision what could be and not what is in front of you. So that’s what I did I thought of what they could be with some paint and a little TLC.

Lucky for me I was living at home with my parents at the time so the supplies to spruce these two up were free!

What you will need:

  1. Sand paper – 80 and 120 grit
  2. Paint 1qt color of your choice (tip ask for a sample they are pretty big these days)
  3. 1.5inch paint brush
  4. Polyurethane – optional

Estimated total cost including sconces~$30

Step 1. Sanding

If you look at the picture above, you can see that there is a shine to the sconces. To remove the shine/varnish take the 80 grit sand paper to both sconces. Yes, this will call for a little bit of muscle, just tell yourself it’s a good arm workout. Once you’re done sanding the varnish off take a wet cloth to the sconces to remove any dust.

Step 2. Painting

The paint I used was from a previous diy project which worked out great. I couldn’t tell you what color or the brand the paint is, but I knew I wanted the color to be versatile for future use. I put two coats of paint on the sconces and then waited for them to dry.

Step 3. Sanding AGAIN

After painting the scones, I chose to give them the distressed look. If you like and want this look as well use the 120 grit sandpaper to sand the edges. There is no right or wrong way to do this it all depends on personal preference and how much or little distressing you want.

Step 4. Polyurethane

I didn’t add poly to my sconces in fear that they would be shiny again, but if you want to, please go right ahead.

That’s it! Now you have cute ,shabby chic, distressed candle sconces that don’t look like they came out of your grandmas house! YAY!!


As always feel free to comment or contact me about your thrifty finds or if you would like for me to cover a specific thrifty topic.

Happy Thrifiting!

-Taylor

 

 

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