Tuesday, November 12, 2013

DIY Candle Stick Tutorial with Crackle Paint Finish

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DIY Candlesticks with Custom Love Gifts

It’s amazing what a little spray paint and crackle glaze can do for plain, wooden candlesticks! We used a variety of silver, bronze, and gold spray paint to make these elegant candlesticks for this thanksgiving table scape, and we are so excited to share with you how did it! We also chose a few of the bronze colored candlesticks to use for a crackle glazed surface treatment. Learn all our secrets to these elegant, DIY candlesticks in the video below!

 Items You Will Need:

1. Unpainted, wooden candlesticks: May be purchased at a local craft store.

2. Krylon or Rust-Oleum metallic finish spray paint (gold and silver.)

3. Rust – Oleum hammered metal spray paint (bronze.)

4. Off-white, water-based paint.

5. Valspar crackle glaze.

Spray Painting Tips

Spray painting your wooden candlesticks is super easy. Make sure the surface is clean before applying the spray paint. Choose a ventilated area and spray evenly. Any rough spots can be sanded and repainted. See our instructions below for how to add a crackle finish to a spray painted candle stick.

These spray painted candlesticks are perfect for a fall wedding or fall table scape like the one below. Use different sizes of candlesticks for a variation in height on the table, and consider a mixture of cream and off-white candles to match. Click HERE to see more of this style shoot we designed with Custom Love Gifts and JoPhoto!

Crackle Paint Tutorial

We chose one of our hammer metal colored candlesticks to add a crackle glaze. The dark brown color is a perfect contrast against the white paint.

Step 1: Cover the entire candlestick with an even coat of crackle glaze. The thicker the coat of crackle glaze, the larger the cracks will be. In the photo below, you can see the difference of a thick coat vs. a thin coat.

Step 2:  After the crackle glaze is fully dried (1-2 hours,) cover the candlestick with an even coat of off-white, water-based paint. Let the paint dry for a couple of hours. You will see the paint begin to crackle. Tip: do not paint over your first coat. One even coat is all that is needed for a clean, crackle finish.

Comment with questions, and let us know how your candlesticks turn out!

Participating Vendors: 

First set of photos: JoPhoto | Flowers: Melissa Timm Designs | Video Host and Project Designer: Custom Love Gifts | Video Wardrobe: Euphoria Boutique

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