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Easy Ombre Candlesticks and Frugal Mommas Linky

Candlesticks are updated to ombre with chalk paint |

Ever notice that there are thousands of furniture makeovers on Pinterest, but not many accessory makeovers?  It’s the strangest thing.  Well, it’s time to help Pinterest make some changes.

Enter Exhibit A:   Celery-colored candlesticks at the top of this hutch.

Candlesticks in celery-colored chalk paint | The Chelsea Project |

They actually started out as a dark bronze.  The celery color is the first coat of paint.

Candlesticks painted with chalk paint used as bookends | The Chelsea Project |

You see, last week, when most of these accessories were refreshed with chalk paint, these guys were changed from a super-dark bronze to this celery-green color.  And, at the time, I thought the celery color would work just fine.  


OK, it is true that the color transitioned them from dark to light, but it surely didn’t hide the fact that they were still too tall and a little too green.

Candlesticks in celery-colored chalk paint | The Chelsea Project |

Enter Exhibit B:  Wild Idea

To make them look shorter and achieve a better color balance, the tops were repainted with a creamy-white chalk paint and the bottoms were repainted with an aqua-colored chalk paint.  These colors were chosen to make the tops melt into the white woodwork and the bottoms balance with the container at the other end.

Ombre candlesticks are made with chalk paint |

Now, from a distance, the candlesticks look about the same height as the other bookend.  It’s nothing more than a simple optical illusion.  Sounds crazy, but it really was just. this. simple.  

So, before any odd-size or out-of-date accessories are tossed away, please consider if chalk paint can give them a new life.  In fact, the books and the aqua container at the top were also painted, as was the wire casserole on the shelf below.  Yep, all with the same homemade chalk paint.

Candlesticks are updated to ombre with chalk paint |

I’d love to hear what problems you plan to solve (or have solved) with a simple coat of paint.  And, I hope you will share your projects by leaving a comment in the box at the bottom of this post or by linking your project to the Frugal Mommas party. 


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  • Reply April R - Uncookie Cutter March 5, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Saw this in your email but don’t see the linkup! I’ll be back, thanks for hosting!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 5, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Hi April…it’s at the bottom. I just linked one of my posts to check it. I do hope to see you back with some of your wonderful projects. XOXOX.

  • Reply Toni Harvey March 5, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    What a great trick with the candlesticks and balancing the colors on the shelf. The entire cabinet looks great

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 5, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks, Toni. I’m really determined to use what I have so I was thrilled to find a way to make the candlesticks work.

  • Reply maggiemaysgifts March 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    What?! That is genius to use paint to change the appearance of the size of an object. Love how that turned out!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 5, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Lol… The hand is quicker than the eye. Thanks for stopping by. Love hearing from you!

  • Reply Sarah March 5, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Adorable candlesticks – I love that you figured out a way to make them work instead of just tossing them. Smart AND they turned out really cute!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 5, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks so much, Sarah. It’s important for me to make things work. I’m thrilled to have these candlesticks back in the game. Thanks again.

  • Reply Sam March 6, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Just love what you did with the candle sticks! They look soooo right at home and lovely calm colours!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 6, 2016 at 7:43 am

      Thank you, Sam. Appreciate so much.

  • Reply Julie @ Logger's Wife March 7, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Thanks so much for the feature!

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