Before And After Painted Candle Holders

Hey everyone! Today I am sharing a tutorial on before and after painted candle holders!

Upcycling at its finest!

Do me a favor…find that box of old candle holders in your basement or the back of your closet.

I know they weren’t exactly your style, but they were given as a gift and you really would feel bad if you took them to Goodwill or gave them to a charity.

I have the perfect solution! A simple and thrifty way to transform them into your new favorite color and style.

Whether you like soft neutral colors or love to have a few pops of color in your home. You can transform those candle holders into something you cherish!

Are you still with me?

Americana chalky finish candleholders transformed in a few easy steps. These were so easy to update to the color and decor style I currently have. When I get bored with the color, I can just paint right over them again!


Can you believe these were transformed in just a few easy steps?

This is what they looked like before.

Want to know how to transform ugly outdated candleholders into modern updated pieces? Find out how on the blog with Americana chalky finish paint

If you do not have any candle holders around the house, it is very easy to find them at your local thift store. They come in all different sizes, shapes, and materials. These two happen to be wood, but I have painted resin ones as well.

Have you tried DecoArt Chalky Finish paints? They are simple, easy, and fast to use and complete your project whether it be candleholders or a large furniture piece. Come check out how easy it is.

I really think you are going to like this paint, DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish paint and creme wax. You can find it easily at your local craft store and Home Depot. The paint is on the thicker side, which I like because it didn’t take a whole lot to get good coverage.

Americana Chalky Finish paints and creme wax

The colors I used for this project were: Yesteryear, Serene, and Vintage. These colors are soft and beachy. Of course, if you are not the soft and beachy kinda person, Americana Chalky Finish does come in a variety of colors for you to choose from.


  • Pretty simple, paint your piece. If you are trying to cover a glossy finish, then I would definitely go over it with a sanding block, but this paint adheres well and I have not had any problems when using it.
  • Once the coats are dry then you can decide to sand the piece for a distressed look or just lightly burnish with a fine sanding block to create a smooth finish.
  • Apply your creme wax. I use a small brush when applying. The wax is the consistency of a thin paste and goes on very easy.

Americana chalky finish candle holders in yesteryear, serene, and vintage. Take a few minutes to transform an outdated home decor piece in your home.


I really like layering the paint colors as well. If you are planning on distressing them to look aged, then apply one color and then once dry apply another. You can be as subtle or as bold as you like. Then, when you distress, the base coat will show through accenting the piece.

Americana chalky finish paint and creme wax


Americana chalky finish candleholders transformed in a few easy steps. These were so easy to update to the color and decor style I currently have. When I get bored with the color, I can just paint right over them again!


Where's the beach? Why not bring a piece of the beach to you. Transform your old and tired candle holders into a vignette of beachy farmhouse delight. Americana chalky finish paints and creme wax.

What do you think? Easy to tackle in a few hours? I know you can create your own before and after painted candle holders! Go for it.

If you are interested in more projects I have created with Americana chalky finish paint check out my Farmhouse Cabinet  and also my Coastal Style Mirror

You can also find me on Instagram quite a bit these days as well as Facebook, Pinterest, and tweeting every now and then on Twitter.

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Country Chic Cobblestone Hutch


Hey there! Today, I am going to share the before & after of the country chic cobblestone hutch in our living room. I am completely in love with it and it was so easy to transform.

country chic cobblestone hutch transformation via

Here is the before:

country chic cobblestone hutch

I apologize for all of the random junk stored inside of it…eek, perhaps I should have removed that before the pic was taken. We were organizing some stuff in the basement and I had set a bunch of things inside it temporarily.


…this hutch is massive and I pulled a couple of muscles moving this beast downstairs. Note to self…keep it in the garage until ready to paint next time! Remember that!

The hutch was a Craigslist find for $100. Such a steal! It already had been painted a mustard-like faux finish. This was totally not my style, but it had good bones and great details, like these round swirl wood knobs. The hutch also came with the cutest little skeleton key for opening the glass doors on the top and the wood doors on the bottom sides. Tons of storage for movies and blankets.

country chic cobblestone hutch

To start, I wanted to create a more open and airy feel. So, I made the decision to remove the doors on the top. No worries, I have repurposed them into wall art for another space in my home and will be sharing that tutorial soon! I loved the details of the doors, but I wanted a better space to display my white dish collection. The doors just seemed to hide the objects and you couldn’t see all the prettiness inside.

Once the doors were off, I filled in the hardware holes with wood filler and let dry. Once dry, just use a sanding block until smooth. Now is the fun part…transforming the piece with Country  Chic Cobblestone.

country chic cobblestone hutch by dandelion patina

I am currently obsessed with gray and white, so I knew this medium tone gray would be perfect to contrast with my white decor pieces.

before and after transformation of a country chic cobblestone hutch by dandelion patina

I have used quite a few different brands of paint to transform furniture. I have to say, I love how Country Chic paint goes on. It is smooth and buttery. It is very easy to apply and I was so pleased that it dried fast! Once I got a first coat one, I was ready to begin the second. Yay! What a time saver.


Once the second coat was dry, it was just as easy to seal the paint and style the shelves like a pro!

country chic cobblestone hutch

And here is my finished country chic cobblestone hutch. We now have it in the living room and it is the perfect focal point.

country chic cobblestone hutch

If you love this paint color as much as I do, go ahead and pin the photo below to your favorite furniture projects Pinterest board.

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Two tone painted card catalog

Card catalogs. They are one of my favorite furniture pieces. I love all the little cubbies to fill. I found one at a local university surplus store a year ago and it has been waiting to be transformed into a show piece. I knew I wanted a two tone painted card catalog. I just needed to decide what color. We have been making some small updates to the basement. I only have one window in the entire space, so I knew the walls needed to be white. It has really brightened up the space so it is not so “dungeon-like”.

So, this was the perfect time to dress up my found card catalog.

two tone painted card catalog

Hello is right. I am so happy with how it turned out. Here is the before picture of it.

vintage card catalog

So, the even more exciting part of all this is that I used Old Fashioned Milk Paint on this piece. And, it was so easy to do. I have to say that I was a bit nervous about mixing the powder, but really there was nothing to worry about. It was so simple!

old fashioned milk paint co

I shared this little sneak peek of happy mail over on Instagram the other day. I would love for you to follow along there if you have an account. It is a little part of Dandelion Patina where I share sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes pics.


You simply measure out a few tablespoons of powder and water to a nice consistency of thinned out cake batter. You don’t want it runny, but thick enough to resemble paint. You also need to add your bonding agent if you want the paint to adhere and not have the “chippy” look.

white and black card catalog

One coat did give me enough coverage. This was about two tablespoons! Yup, I did say two tablespoons.

I was completely amazed! I have enough powder for about 4 of these babies! I then sealed the piece with Daddy Van’s Beeswax and Lavender Furniture Polish. This stuff is amazing! It is easy to apply and a little goes a long way! Plus, an added perk is that it smells like lavender…like the real deal. The room was filled with the fragrance of lavender fields! So yummy, if you like the fragrance of lavender.

two tone painted card catalog

painted black and white card catalog


I then picked out a few black and white patterns from scrapbook paper to create some fun on the drawer fronts.

milk paint card catalog

Below is a great pin-worthy photo. Go ahead and pin this to your favorite Pinterst board.

two tone card catalog


card catalog old fashioned milk paint


Once again this month, I am co-hosting the Fabulous Furniture Flippin’ Contest with these lovely ladies.

Fab Furniture Flipping Monthly Contest Hosts. Transform a dated piece of furniture monthly with chosen themes by hosts. Join us!

You can check out their projects with Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company products here:

Anastasia Vintage

Evey’s Creations

Thirty Eighth Street


Fern Avenue

And you also can keep checking back to see the contestants of this month’s Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest linked up below. The theme is  Shabby Chic Storage and the sponsor is Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company. If you are interested in becoming a participant in future monthly contests please contact Evey @ Evey’s Creations or Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage.

Details of this month’s contest:

June 2015 Theme: “Shabby Chic Storage”
Submission Deadline: Friday, June 19th @ 11:59 PM EST
Old Fashioned Milk Paint
Prize Package:
-Six (quarts) of OFMP (your choice of colors)
-One (quart) of Extra-Bond
-One (pint) of Antique Crackle
-One (5 oz.) Tin of Daddy Van’s Clear Wax
-One (2 oz.) Tin of Daddy Van’s Antique Brown Wax
-One (2 oz.) Tin of Daddy Van’s Shadow Black Wax

Did you miss last month’s contest? You can hop over to the Inspired by Moms contest. And you can view the contest winner of the May contest.

Feel like you want to try your hand at painting with Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company milk paint? Check out all their paint colors and products.

*Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company did compensate me for this post. All opinion on the ease of using milk paint, my love of cubbies, and creating a fun painted furniture piece are all my own.


Happy Painting!

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Farmhouse Cabinet Chalky Finish

This post is sponsored by DecoArt. All opinions on curbside finds, painting, and distressing are my own.

I am so excited to share my little farmhouse cabinet with you all. I have been searching for a small farmhouse cabinet to fill a little nook in our dinette area. The space is only about 10″ deep and 26″ wide. I did not want the piece to stick out too far because it right next to a major traffic zone in the house. So, while dropping off a few items at Goodwill, I found this radio cabinet. A lonely curbside toss away. It was an easy throw in the van and drive away type of pick me up. Come on, all you dumpster divers know what I am talking about!

Are you a dumpster diver? This little cabinet was found curbside. The radio cabinet was in pretty rough shape but with some sprucing up with DecoArt Chalky Finish paint, I now have a little cabinet for my dining nook. Check out the before & after at


I love how this piece transformed into a little cabinet with some industrial flair!

It was so easy to transform with DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint. I used the colors Yesteryear and Relic, as well as a few other colors for a distressed & layered effect.

Now, I know you are dying to see the before right? But, first I wanted to share that my dad came for a visit the day after I brought this piece home. He started talking about how he had a similar radio growing up. He remembered sitting next to it for his entertainment. It really touched me that I could bring something into my home from the past that brought back such good memories for him.

I love pieces with a story and character, don’t you?

antique stromberg and carlson radio from the 1930's

This radio was a 1930’s Stromberg & Carlson. It had original wood knobs and streamlined details. But, it had dust and grim and musty smells like you wouldn’t believe. Nothing a little elbow grease couldn’t fix because…ya know….it was free! And when a furniture painter sees “free” that totally trumps dust and grim and musty smells. You bet!

decoart chalky finish paint

To start my farmhouse cabinet project I used these supplies:

DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish: Yesteryear, Relic, Primitive, and Rustic

DecoArt Andy Skinner Alphabet Spaghetti Mixed Media Stencil

DecoArt Wax


A metal arrow decal I found at Michael’s craft store.

DecoArt furniture piece before and after with Americana chalky finish paint


1. I removed the fabric panel from the front first and cleaned up the piece by removing all the metal parts inside. This left an empty hollow shell. I knew I wanted to create a display shelf on the inner bottom, so a piece of wood was cut to fit and stained.

2. I then painted pieces of plywood in Relic and started to stencil in Yesteryear. Distressing with a sanding block once paint was dry.

transforming a vintage radio cabinet into a farmhouse shelf with industrial flair using decoart chalky finish paint

3. The radio cabinet was then given a base coat of Relic.

4. I wanted to have a layered look once the piece was distressed, so I randomly applied the colors Primitive and Rustic to the details of the front.

5. The entire piece was then painted in Yesteryear.

farmhouse industrial cabinet transformed with decoart chalky finish paint

6. The wooden knobs and arrow embellishment was painted in Relic and applied with E6000.

7. The cabinet was sealed with wax.

8. We added hinges to the back plywood piece to act as a door so that decorative pieces could be removed.

vintage radio cabinet rescued with decoart chalky finish paint


decoart chalky finish farmhouse cabinet


Are you a dumpster diver? This little cabinet was found curbside. The radio cabinet was in pretty rough shape but with some sprucing up with DecoArt Chalky Finish paint, I now have a little cabinet for my dining nook. Check out the before & after at

Check out this amazing before and after furniture transformation! This cast away vintage radio cabinet was given a makeover with DecoArt Chalky Finish paint. It now is a stylish farmhouse industrial piece. Visit for the full tutorial. #chalkyfinish #secondchances

I totally adore this piece! It was the perfect find and I love its industrial farmhouse style.

Farmhouse chalky finish cabinet painted with DecoArt Chalky Finish Yesteryear and Relic

Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.

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CeCe Caldwell painted wooden stool

Today I am going to show you how easy it is to transform a wooden stool with CeCe Caldwell natural chalk and clay paint. I am also announcing the kick off of the Fab Flippin’ Furniture Contest, so stay tuned.

It was such a beautiful weekend to paint. I have had this vintage stool waiting for a makeover. It was my childhood stool given to me by my mom.  I am amazed at how it has held up all these years. It is certainly not one of those MDF stools from Target. We have those for the kiddos and then are showing a ton of wear. This wooden stool was painted black a few years back, but I wanted to freshen it up to use as a decorative counter tray instead.

Transform any vintage furniture piece into a modern style for your home with CeCe Caldwell natural chalk and clay paint. Young Kansas Wheat and Seattle Mist were used to paint this wooden stool

Here is a before shot of the stool.

CeCe Caldwell wooden stool pre transformation


CeCe Caldwell Young Kansas Wheat

CeCe Caldwell Seattle Mist

CeCe Caldwell Wax

flower stencil

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CeCe Caldwell natural chalk and clay paint and wax


The stool was painted in one coat of Young Kansas Wheat and left to dry.

Then a wash of Seattle Mist was applied.

A flower stencil was added to the top of the stool.

The entire piece was wet distressed.

Wax was applied with a rag over the entire piece and buffed.

CeCe Caldwell painted wooden stool

And after wax was applied:

CeCe Caldwell distressed wooden stool


CeCe Caldwell painted wooden stool in Young Kansas Wheat and Seattle Mist. Transform a piece you love in minutes.


CeCe Caldwell painted and distressed wooden stool

And if you love this transformation pin this to your favorite painted furniture Pinterest board.

Transform any vintage furniture piece into a modern style for your home with CeCe Caldwell natural chalk and clay paint. Young Kansas Wheat and Seattle Mist were used to paint this wooden stool

It is also the first Fab Furniture Flippin’ contest of the year! Myself and 5 other lovelies will be hosting a monthly furniture flippin’ contest. The group will be choosing a monthly theme. This month’s theme is Mother’s Day-Inspired by Mom. It will run May 4-May 22. Be sure to browse around the link ups below and find your favorite! If you’re interested in participating in future contests, please contact Stacy ( or Evey (

Stop over to view my favorite picks and winner of the May contest


Fab Furniture Flipping Monthly Contest Hosts. Transform a dated piece of furniture monthly with chosen themes by hosts. Join us!

This month’s inspirational projects from the coordinating hosts are ‘inspired by mom’:

Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage CeCe Caldwell project

Evey’s Creations CeCe Caldwell project

Carrie @ ThirtyEighthStreet CeCe Caldwell project

Disclosure: This contest is sponsored by CeCe Caldwell. I have been using this line of paint for a few years now and love the colors offered by this brand. All my opinions are my own.

And now it is time to be inspired by the contestants transformations!

Annie Sloan Provence Wooden Chairs

Have you gotten on the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint wagon yet?!

I have been using this fabulous chalk paint for sometime now. Some of my favorite colors are Provence, Duck Egg, Florence, French Linen, and, Graphite. Today, I am going to show you a before & after transformation with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence.

ugly chairs glammed up

Got an ugly chair…or  two?

Craigslist and garage sales are full of those mismatched and unloved dining chairs. It always amazes me how a bit of paint and some creative juice can turn crappy into happy. These chairs were part of a dining set that I paid a whopping $40. What was part of the set you ask? A large dining table with chunky legs (swoon) and six chairs! The entire set was made of solid walnut. The set was well loved and honestly needed a whole lot more love to make it functional again.  I sold 4 of the chairs to another party for $40, making all my money back. I kept the two best chairs, which needed minimal gluing of the joints and a few screws tightened. The dining table was separated to create nightstands in our master bedroom.

wooden dining chair before

Here is how to turn that crappy into happy.

1. Remove the seats from the chairs. Use a screwdriver to untighten the screws and the seat should pull off easily. My seats were leather and in rather good shape. The leather was wiped clean and then a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen was applied and used as a primer. Once dry, DecoArt Metallics in Champagne Gold was used as the top coat. The finish was distressed.

painted leather dining seat

2. Glam up the frames. Wipe the chairs clean. Lightly sand if there is a high gloss finish. In this case, the wood was very worn, so no sanding was needed. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was used in Provence. Two coats were applied. The finish was lightly distressed. Poly protector was applied.

Provence wooden chairs

3. Add the unexpected. These chairs had some great carved detailing from top to bottom. To bring attention to the detailing on the chair backs, I added an embellishment. You can find these in the bead section of your craft store. The chairs will only be used decoratively flanking my buffet. If these were being used daily, a stencil could be added instead of the metal embellishment.

provence painted chairs with embellishment

4. Bring it all together. Place your seats back onto the frames. Fasten the seats back down with the screws. Place in your desired location.

Provence vignette

provence painted chairs

Provence painted chairs

How is that for happy?

I hope you enjoyed this post on how simple it is to turn that ugly garage sale find into a glammed up beauty! Please follow Dandelion Patina on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter!

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Wooden Chairs in Annie Sloan Provence

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Metal Made Marvelous

Ever want to update a favorite metal piece,

but were unsure how to go about it?  With CeCe Caldwell paints, it is a very simple process….

metal nesting tables
First, let me give you a bit of history on these tables. Originally, they had very thick 1″ glass tops. The pieces had been well loved and most of the perimeter was chipped.  I was drawn to the design and the petite size of the tables. I, however, was not fond of the dated gold metal finish.

coffee tables original

To start, I wiped all metal surfaces down with a wet rag. Making sure to rub all crevices-removing all dust and residue.



Pieces of wood were cut to replace the original glass tops. Each was measured to fit over the metal base without overlap. When cutting wood, use painters tape along the template lines to prevent splintering while making the cuts.

These were screaming “industrial cottage” style. Metal and wood are two of my favorite combinations. Beginning with a base coat of Vermont Slate, it is important to make sure all areas are well covered. Once dry, I added a layer of Virginia Chestnut. With the second coat, I was not as concerned with coverage. I wanted a bit of patina in the crevices and joints of the piece as well. I added areas of Alaskan Tundra Green sparingly in those sections.

table painting
I then applied the final coat to the tables, Vintage White. Once dry, I wet distressed to bring out the base colors and a tiny bit of gold in some areas. I mixed up a small batch of glaze tinted with the Virginia Chestnut and added this over the white. Blending with the base colors giving the metal pieces patina.

CeCe Caldwell Vintage White

The wood tops were stained with General Finishes Java.

The entire surface of each piece was varnished with General Finishes Top Coat for protection and durability.

finished coffee table
finished accent tables
nesting tables

As I was photographing the tables, I noticed they could be stacked similar to nesting tables. How cute is that? Display in a corner of a small space and use for extra seating when entertaining. The metal tables would make stylish child workstations for that budding artist in your home.

finished coffee table
So, now, are you confident that you can transform a metal piece? Still unsure and have questions? Leave a comment and I would be happy to help make your wishes come true!

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