Monday, June 6, 2011

shabby italian tole candle sticks

 A pair of "vintage" tole candle holders
 I love these shabby, cottage style  gilded Italian candle sticks~
I set them on an old Florentine tray I found on Etsy.
Actually, these weren't vintage at all! 
I found them at Home Goods.
So bold and bright and almost ugly to my eyes. 
I brought them home to create the old ones I have seen.
This is one example of a vintage Italian tole candlabra on Etsy.
 First I sprayed with flat white and then sprayed a little pink on the blossoms.
I hand painted the rest and gilded it to give it that pretty Italian look I desired.
That is the secret of these candlesticks.
linking to
Metamorphosis Monday
Show off Your Cottage Monday
Mod Mix Monday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


  1. Hi Amy,
    I just popped online for a blogging break and my hands are covered in old gold paint from two candelabras i am painting...yours was the first post i opened and i have to say yours look amazing and you would never know,you really are talented!
    Love Kristina x

  2. AWESOME! I never would have guessed that you had redone them. I really like them.

  3. Hi Amy! Oh, you made these candlesticks so beautiful! I had a friend who had a chandelier like this in her little girl's bedroom. I always loved it!
    Thank you for all of the advice! I really love the shelf idea under that nasty old intercom! I'm going to be on the lookout for a shelf!
    You are a sweetie,

  4. Amy, these are so sweet, There's no mistake that they are Italian...


  5. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Ummm I have a couple of candlesticks that need with inspiration I think I can do it!!

  6. Oh...they are so much better. When I first saw them...I thought you really had a pair of old ones. These are perfect to link up to my party!

  7. Gorgeous, Amy! I started out just skimming through the pictures and had to go back because I realized you brought them to the final picture! They go so well in this room, too!

  8. What a wonderful transformation.... thanks so much for sharing!!!

  9. I love them! Great makeover on them...They look like they are old! Love the hint of pink on them...perfect- xo Diana

  10. You are so creative! Looks so lovely. Great tips as always. Thanks for sharing! Come link up on Friday!!!

  11. they turned out awesome!I thought they were vintage~ Hugs, Rachel ;)

  12. I would have never known your secret. Beautiful!

  13. I really love these. I wish I had a HomeGoods. Did you get the tole chandi?

  14. Very pretty! A great redo...Blessings My Friend,

  15. I don't know where my comment went- so sending it again! :)
    Love your shabby tole candlesticks Amy~ Home Goods has the best stuff! I read your previous post too and your yard looks amazing- love the porch and of course the wicker basket- I have two of the same ones :)

  16. Much improved. They look one thousand times better!!!

  17. And to think that I thought these were clever girl! (*_*) ~Stacy~

  18. They are just lovely!
    :) - Cindi
    (visiting from Nita's Mod Mix!)

  19. Hi Amy,
    I love what you have done with these vintage-looking candle sticks! They look old and well used and loved now. They are sitting on a beautiful tray, too.
    Hugs, Cindy

  20. Amy,
    Your vintage tole candlesticks are delicate, gorgeous and very old world European! You have them beautifully presented on that tray.
    It is amazing that you have recreated an old world look with HG version.
    A masterful job! What a creative stop!

  21. You make your projects look so easy... I try to do things like this and they don't seem to look quite (even close) as pretty as yours!
    YES! Get that bike girl!!!
    Thank you for your encouraging comment!
    Have a pretty day!

  22. So pretty and delicate them! Your beautiful touches know no bounds:)

  23. Huge improvement, love what you did with them! They look very vintage now and the colors are perfect!!


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