Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lightening Up

I have been reading all over blog land about everyone lightening up there homes. I think when the days are short and the skies are grey it can get a little gloomy inside.

So the other day, in order to lighten up a little I painted some black candle sticks I had, a creamy color.


Here is the candle sticks BEFORE in black - which I loved, but I was ready for a change.... Ready to lighten up...



AFTER
And here they are a creamy white. I dry brushed a little gold craft paint on top of the white and sanded them a little.



I love the new look! Now that doesn't mean that I won't paint them again someday....maybe red down the road...
Welcome Home,
Penny

32 comments:

Debbie V. said...

Painting the candle holders black was the perfect touch!

Debbie V. said...

Ooops - I just went back and reread your blog! I thought you had painted them black. Either way - they look great! You always add the littlest details to make your rooms stand out!

Donna said...

They look great, Penny. The color goes very nice with the surroundings. I like the white, and how simple to make the change!

Hugs,
Donna

Blondie's Journal said...

The candlesticks look lovely, Penny. I like your technique!

xoxo
Jane

Stacey said...

What a great idea Penny.

Shelley said...

Very pretty Penny! And I love those roosters of yours!

Pondside said...

That's the great thing about paint - it's fast and it's inexpensive, so you can treat yourself to a change at the drop of a hat - or a paint drop!

Lynda said...

Looks great!!

Kathleen Grace said...

I like them both ways, and you know me, if you ever paint them red I'll love that too! I love a quick easy change.

Vee said...

They look great both ways!

Karen said...

You did a great job!
I have been noticing that little half-table of yours with the checks on it. Did you paint that yourself or did you buy it that way? I have a similar table and maybe this is what needs to be done to it... 'cept I don't have any painting skills at all. :-(
Have a great day!
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful makeover Penny! I love the distressed white!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

They look totally different white and I love them. Great job. Hugs, Marty

DEBBIE B. said...

LOVE them Penny! You always have the best ideas!!
Hugs..
Deb:)

Robin's Nesting Place said...

They look great! The distressed look matches the roosters. Black, red or the cream will look good with them.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Penny....I did that with one of my candlesticks and it turned out very nice! Yours look great...love the distressing on them!~Patti

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Very nice! I hope you don't need candles these next few days! Of course in the winter months when the sun goes down so much earlier, I light candles just about every night. Enjoy your weekend! ♥

Cozy Little House said...

Well, paint is cheap. And they're gorgeous, Penny!
Brenda

~Country Lady~ said...

Very nice!! Of course any color would look lovely in your new home!

WendyBee said...

Brilliant! (Get it?) I'm always amazed at the beautiful things people do with paint. My projects are few and far between, but I'm hoping to paint the back wall of a shelf case, maybe in the spring. Or, maybe I should take a hint from your post and lighten up January/February and do it now! Hmmmm......we'll see.
WendyBee

Cottage Rose said...

Hi Penny; Love the color you used on them.. they turned out really pretty..

Hugs;
Alaura

Angie said...

They look great, as does everything you do!

Gail said...

Oh, I do love the way they turned out, I was not sure when you showed the before picture, but I think you made a great choice, they are perfect.

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Penny!
I saw your add in "Romantic Country"#106 on page 15. It's just wonderful. I love how your candle sticks turned out painted white. I know your just like me, we love the change and it's only paint!.
Your guest room looks so pretty and the toile well what can I say, you know I love toile and well Red is my favorte color so it's just perfect. I will be right over (hehehe).
Take care and enjoy your weekend,

Hugs, Elizabeth

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I love the re-do to the black candlesticks. Very pretty! It is amazing how paint can totally give a whole new look. Love & blessings from NC!

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

It's the little touches that make things new again. You are very talented in that area! Very fresh looking!

Beverly said...

Great job!

Judi said...

Hi Penny
I love what you've done to the candlesticks. They look great! I think I have the brother of your rooster...I'll have to double check at home.

Hope you are having a great day.
I'm having a Giveaway come and stop by..
also I have a little something I picked up this week, they reminded me of you and I'd like to send them to you.

If you'll email me your address I'll pop them into the mail for you.

Judi

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

They look great either way, but I understand the desire to lighten up. They look great! Paint is such a quick way to transform things.

Manuela

Anonymous said...

omgsh, seeing them black was great .. seeing them "white" really did "lighten" things up!! Beautiful!!

Pink Hugs,
Dee

bj said...

These look great.
I am finding myself loving more and more and more WHITES and CREAMS. I am thinking of painting some of my black furniture in white..I have seen so many rooms that are white that are to die for.
I painted my guest room in a creamy white and my living room and dining room are both white.
Does our changing moods ever stop!!?? haha...

Mary said...

Well you know me, everything white or French gray to lighten things up! Swedish decor is wonderful too - they know how to make the short Winter days bright with whites, creams and greys.

Great job on the candlesticks - don't you just love little quick projects like that?