Friday, March 31, 2017


We recently did an upgrade to a existing bath and so to coordinate the bath with the powder room area we changed out the back splash which changed the color scheme.  I had purchased a $5 old, ugly (I am sure my friend who was with me had doubts about my taste for purchasing this ugly thing) large candle stick and had no plans for it but knew it would come in handy at some point so I used it for this fun and easy project.
1978 called and wants their candlestick back! This is the original look.
First coat I used Folk Art Metallic Sterling Silver - one coat of this will not cover but will give a silver sheen to the object.
Ready to start the leafing over the cadlestick.
Do not be afraid of using leaf products as you cannot go wrong. These products come in all metal colors and are great to use on metal, wood, etc.  I especially love the look on old picture frames.  Follow the directions on the package and you can put on as little or as much as you would like on your project.
The sheets are very thin and you put a sticky coat on the object and then place the sheet on and use the brush to attach it to the project and if you keep swiping with the brush you will take more off or leave on - just decide what look you like.
Once the leafing was done I attached a square of floral foam to the top.  I used a little glue to attach but you could also use florist tape or florist clay to attach.  Let the glue dry and you are ready to attach your flowers, etc.
I chose to use 8 stems from my hobby store.  First I removed all the flowers (please use needle nose pliers to remove the stems which are wired). Even tho you see these leaves in my garbage I did pull them out and put them in my bag of greenery for use in a later project - I had cut the flowers off these stems but did not want to use the leaves.
Here it is midway - be sure that you have enough greenery to fill in the holes.  You could also cover the floral block with some moss.
A word about the beautiful ribbon I used. d. stevens ribbon is my favorite brand but can be hard to find and pricey so I look for it on sale. Designers will carry as well as higher end stores.
I was with my dear DIL at Nell Hill's in Atchison, Kansas when I spotted this stripped ribbon and when I saw it I knew I would buy - had no idea when I would use but as soon as I saw it I thought of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady.

Here is the finished product in the dressing room!
Since I have decorated for Easter I brought out this old favorite bunny and voila I am finished with this fun and easy project. So....using a $5 find and a few stems (on sale 1/2 off) some florist foam, paint, ribbon, and leafing you have a lovely creation at a fraction of the cost of one from the store.


Leafing, Hobby Lobby, Michael's and other hobby stores. Amazon Link
Candlestick, 2nd hand stores, charity stores, etc.
Greenery and flowers, Hobby Lobby, Michael's, etc.
d. stevens ribbon, Link
Floral foam, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and other hobby stores
Bunny, TJ Maxx

Thank you for stopping by.


    JOB WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you for your kind words Anonymous!

  2. This is a wonderful transformation; you certainly have a knack for floral arrangement! I never would have thought this candlestick could become so lovely. Beautiful, beautiful job!

    1. Thank you so much Robin. This was fun & easy & was probably a fraction of the cost of buying an arrangement. Thank you for stopping by.