First, this is a silver teapot that had been calling my name in a thrift store for a couple of weeks and I finally broke down and coughed up the $1 to buy it.
here by centsationalgirl, (one of my favorite blogs to follow), about a little silver cup that she saved with a little silver polish. So enter my Mom, saving this little teapot with her silver polish that she let me use. Thanks, Mom. Because now this little teapot looks like THIS:
Next on the plate is a little thing that might cause some controversy. This little gold candleholder belonged to my great-grandmother and was given to my Dad in a box full of china and crystal. My parents are giving the china to my brother, the crystal to me (when I get a place to put it), and I also snagged this little candle holder. I did not know my great grandmother, so although I don't have a personal connection with her, I do have a lot of respect for objects that have history, especially family history.
I don't own a single gold or brass object besides a few pieces of jewelry. I'm really a silver or white gold kind of girl.
So...I painted it. And if I had hand painted it with care, that's one thing, but I didn't even do that. I spray painted it! In a moment of unabashed creativity, I spray painted my great-grandmother's candle holder. I know that might be a crime, to paint my great grandmother's candle holder, but would you put the insanely gold object in your living room? If you would, good for you. The world needs people who love yellow gold. But I decided that for me, I think that painting an object and making it a pretty little thing in a prominent place in my home is better than preserving the original finish and putting it in a box or the back of a china cabinet where no one ever sees it. What do you think? Would you have put your great grandmother's candle holder under the nozzle?
First, Rustoleum's Iris Blue, part of their American Accents line. I spray painted the whole thing with this can first. And THEN for some magic, I found this great Metallic Shimmer paint from Krylon, part of their Fusion line for plastic. With a light coat, it makes any color metallic with a light silver-like shimmer. That's amazing! It does, though, make all the colors lean toward silver, so keep that in mind. It does not totally retain the integrity of the original color. I sprayed a very light coat of this on top of the blue and gave it a little shimmer, so enhance its great textures. (Ignore the little pieces of hardware, you'll learn about those in a later post).
And this is where they find themselves today.