Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A deal from hobby lobby

I'd gotten a candlestick and another piece from HL in their clearance section. The candle holder was originally $29.97 but it was marked down to $2.50 for a crack in the base. The other thing (I don't know what to call it) was metal & had scratches on it. It was $1.99 from $14.99.  I don't have before pics but you can see the crack & where I filled it in with wood filler in the pic. After that I took a little gel wood stain and covered it. I know you can still see the repair but not really when you turn it around- I mean, who looks at the back of a candle???? The whatchamacallit piece was black so I just colored over the scratches with a black sharpie.

I don't have any before shots but these are the deals after I "fixed" them:

The hardest part was that there was this divot-y part in the wood so I had to wait till the filler was almost dry, but not hardened and I took the cotton off of a Qtip and it fit well, so I scooped out the filler in that spot. The I used the gel stain after it all dried & like I said, it does show up but not if you turn it to the back.

I should have "polished" my candle before I took this picture...Did you know you can use old pantyhose to do that?!?!? A friend told me you just kind of wad them up into a ball (well, cut them first so the ball will be a hand size) and rub it vertically on the candle. It gets rid of fingerprints that are noticable on some colored candles. Also if there are minor nicks or scratches, you can run a hair dryer over the candle just enough to make the surface a little bit warm & you rub the stockings over it and it will rub out/in some of those.

I did a real quick rub just to show you-

Anyway, I am working on my first decoupage now. I have sanded the pieces and am about to prime, then paint them & after that dries, I hope I'll get to start adding my pretty paper and Mod Podge!!!


  1. Hello!
    Thanks for visiting Deck The Halls of HOME with JOY! I would love to see your chair when you get it finished! What fun! I love your polished candle! Come by and visit anytime! Thanks for following along! Have a Beautiful Day!

    Cheers to cute little black chairs!

  2. Wow! those were great finds for great prices! Way to thrift!!

  3. Hi! What a great find! and you're one would even look at the back and say anything (unless they were kin to me. lol)

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on "Candy Corn Pots". again. ha ha

  4. Great deals! Great job repairing them. I will have to remember that about buffing candles.

    ~ Tracy

  5. Hello there! I read your whole blog :) I remember being that excited when I started too! It is so addicting. Your HL finds look great! I went there today :)

  6. Don't you just love HB sale aisle? You found some great bargains, and a repaired crack just adds character to a piece. Thank you so much for your kind comment you left on my cotton pickin' post. laurie

  7. Like your redos. HL is one of my favorite places to find bargains.
    Thanks for stopping by and reading along - hope I don't get to boring for you. :D
    Enjoy your weekend.