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...

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,


  1. Painting the candle holders black was the perfect touch!

  2. 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!

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


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


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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!
    Ladybug Creek

  9. Wonderful makeover Penny! I love the distressed white!

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

  11. LOVE them Penny! You always have the best ideas!!

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

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

  14. 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! ♥

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

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

  17. 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.

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


  19. They look great, as does everything you do!

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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!

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

  24. 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.


  25. 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.


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

    Pink Hugs,

  27. 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...

  28. 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?