faux cast iron candlestick DIY

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I love cast iron decorative accessories.  When I saw this candlestick in a thrift store it reminded me of cast iron pieces although I believe it’s constructed of resin or fiberglass.  I thought to myself this could be transformed to look like cast iron and I will show you the steps used to convert this into a faux cast iron candle holder.
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I have a love affair with cast iron pieces which you can read all about here{metals V-cast iron}.  We already own a couple of cast iron candle holders and this latest, new candle holder compliments them nicely and rounds out the set.
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Although it’s not constructed of cast iron, the paint and distressing job tricks the eye.  Also since it’s grouped with other cast iron pieces it gives you the impression and illusion that’s it is also constructed of cast iron.  It’s the power of suggestion if you will.
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To alter the resin candle holder it was cleaned thoroughly before a coat of Annie Sloane New White chalk paint was applied.  Once the paint dried thoroughly, sandpaper was used around the relief to expose some of the dark color underneath.  I did this entire process twice.
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To add another layer of depth to the piece dark wax was also used in the crevices.  So between the exposed base color and the dark wax it adds layers which looks like years of use and like it has many stories to tell.
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The DIY faux cast iron looks great and looks right at home with the other cast iron candle holders.  I love the profile of this new piece and that’s what drew me to it in the first place.
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The candle holders are a great variety and mix which compliment each other in size, color and shape.  They are pretty all on their own.
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Of course they look great with candles as they were intended to be used, whether using real candles or battery operated.
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They are also great pieces to used styled throughout the seasons.
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The only time I really notice the difference is when I move the candlestick since it weighs considerably less than the cast iron pieces.
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I am looking forward to dressing and styling these candlesticks through the seasons.  

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2 Comments

  1. Mary Jo, I love the look and heft of cast iron. Your candle holder was a good thrifted find and you added to it’s beauty with your paint and wax technique. Thank you for sharing the diy process at the FWF party.

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