I have admired these candlesticks at Wisteria, but they are a bit too gold for the room. (I have seen them in the store and they appear much more shiny and metalic in real life.)
I found these, but the price was prohibitive.
Same problem with these .
My new aquisitions needed something to lighten them and make the carving stand out. The tiny little jar of Cirea Dorer Gilding Wax (Classic) to the rescue again. I had actually intended to live with the candlesticks the way they were for a while. Then, I saw Kelly's candlestick makeover and knew I would be adding gold to them right away.
I also used a smidgen of old white chalk paint. Using a wadded up a wet paper towel, I applied the tiniest amount of paint from the lid of the can. For this room, which incorporates both French Country and Tuscan style, I wanted to keep most of the brown in the candlesticks. The contrast works against the color of the mantel.
Here's how they turned out.
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