Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | December 27, 2012

Early American Candle Box Before and After

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The newly painted candle box as part of my holiday mantle.

This is the last piece of my recent living/dining room update. This isn’t a full room redo just yet, just a bit of paint and a new dresser to change things up. First I painted the drawers on an Empire dresser and then painted the ornate carved mirror that I bought last summer but had not yet hung.

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The Empire dresser was updated using the luscious Michigan Pine.

Finally, I repainted my second-hand candle box just in time for the holidays and set it on our fireplace mantle as part of our holiday decorations. I bought this two drawer Early American style wooden candle box over a year ago but hadn’t yet found the color I wanted to paint it so that it would be updated while fitting in better with our decor.

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The lovely patina and lightly distressing of the Ce Ce  Caldwell’s Michigan Pine.

Then I took a painting class with Shelly at Shizzle Designs last October http://alittlebitoshizzle.blogspot.com/ and tested out this great Michigan Pine chalk paint color by Ce Ce Caldwell.

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I realized this was the color I had been waiting for! You can read about that adventure here; https://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/vintage-parlor-table-makeover/ 

If you live anywhere near West Michigan I definitely recommend taking a painting class with Shelly. Not only is it interesting and fun and is held in the personal atmosphere of her Byron Center home, you’ll also learn a lot about paint distressing and layering techniques. Please be sure to tell Shelly I sent you!

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This is the candle box finish when I bought it at the second-hand shop.

When I picked this box up at a resale shop it came to me in a blue/gray stain over a golden oak wood stain. See that blog entry here; https://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/thrist-shop-treasure/

It only took one afternoons work and one coat of CCC Michigan Pine. After it about an hour of drying,  I lightly distressed the edges using a wet towel to remove a bit of paint and let the original finish shine very lightly through. One coat of soft, clear wax and it was done.

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Again the “after” finish on the candle box.

Easy peasy as they say in the blog world!

As always, thanks for reading!

Small House /  Big Sky Donna

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