Old candle sconces are plentiful at my local Salvation Army and I generally pass them by. But when I saw this candle sconce, I knew immediately what I would do with it. I was drawn to it’s uniquely pointed top and thought it would make a great sign.
Here is the before.
First I removed the part that held the candle, which is really easy, just remove the screw from the back. Since that left a hole, I got out my Elmer’s Wood Filler like below (affiliate link) and patched the hole.
Once that was dry, I sanded it smooth with 220 grit sandpaper.
I set up my graphic in Corel Draw and cut out the vinyl on my cutter, professional equipment from my screen printing/embroidery business, but I know this can be done lots of other ways too, check on pinterest for other options.
Now I was ready to start painting. This is my preferred method of transferring a graphic – paint the bottom color first, in this case, French Blue by Old Town Paints. Since I wanted to do some distressing and wanted the wood color to show, I only painted the blue in the area my graphic was going. I’m gonna have to get better about taking pictures along the way!!
Once the French Blue was dry, I added my vinyl and then used Modge Podge over the edges of the vinyl, that’s how you get the crisp lines. Some paint over the vinyl in the same color, but I tend to use Modge Podge. Once that was dry I painted Country Whisper by Old Town Paints, 2 coats. Then I removed the vinyl, love those crisp lines! I’ve removed the vinyl when the paint was wet and when the paint was dry and I got the same results both times. Removing the vinyl when the paint is wet is messy, so I normally wait till it’s dry.
To finish, I lightly distressed with 220 grit sandpaper and sealed with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.
Here it is finished
Easy, quick and inexpensive, love those kind of transformations!
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