5/25/2012

Reader Participation Required

So here's the deal.  I need your help.

But first, the dilemma.  I found these amazing brass candlesticks... 


...and let's just say they were a pretty good deal.  Mainly because the bases were tarnished.  Like eating through the metal tarnished.  But, still they are a really good size, and the shape was super cool.  So, I bit.  Thinking, "well, I haaave some Brasso.  I'll give that a try, and if it doesn't work, there's always paint.  Right?"

  I am busy getting the shop ready (VERY soon everybody!) and my Aunt was kind enough to come over and help me by cleaning all my brass objects.  She's fabulous, I know!  And she did her darndest on these, which actually really shows, as they are much improved.  They were that bad.  BUT, they still look like this...


  Now kids, you know I love a good patina.  It gives character, and life to pieces.  However, this might be too much.  Specifically, because the rest of the candlesticks are in great shape.  If they had the age all over them, I might not have as much of  problem with them, OR I might not have purchased them at all

Herein lies the dilemma.

What to do.  What to do.
Do I...

1. Leave them as is.

2. Try and "age" them.  Making the patina an all over look, instead of just the bases.

3.  Do I just stinking paint the suckers like this....

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4.  Or (and this is the least likely, as it could go "crafty" really fast.) do I just paint the bases the black and leave the rest brass.  

Now remember, these are going into the shop...for someone to buy (ideally.)  If you were in the market for fabulous, generously sized and shapely candlesticks.  What would you most likely be drawn to, out of my options?

OR do you have any other briiillllllliant ideas? 

 Bring it.

Oh yeah, and happy almost weekend to ya!


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why not try 0000 steel wool? It works miracles. Use it as if you would if they were wood -- go with the grain. You can by that in a bulk pkg at hardwares and home improvement stores. One thing for certain - it can't make it worse.

Angeline said...

Was just reading Jannell's blog, Isabella & Max...How about some Rub 'N Buff?
Great find!

Julie said...

This idea is a little out there but you could instead of just painting the base black, use some painters tape to paint every other section black to give it a striped look. It might look absolutely ridiculous but it also might look really cool. Hope whatever you chose works because those are gorgeous!

heather (love your space) said...

did you try any other methods for cleaning brass?
I have had some success with a lemon half sprinkled with salt.

sturdydesign said...

That's too bad! Those are beauties. I think I would paint just the base or the base and the top "cup" where the candle goes with brass in between. Love them!

Anonymous said...

What about sawing off the offending bit at an appropriate point?
Cindy F

Anonymous said...

Id leave them as is, and let the person who wants to buy them fix them up. I love them the way they are...vintage looking. Brass has class! ;)

Kat

arg said...

Maybe faux mercury glass? A light black under coat, glass-look spray paint with an acid treatment (vinegar and water works well), then a touch of gold paint rubbed in? Mmmmm... My dining room table is drooling.

Kecia said...

These are fab. I would paint just the base, but I would do it in a fun trendy color like a bright pink! Give them a fun spin on a contemporary object. I seriously can't wait for your shop! You find the most amazing things I can only imagine what's in store!

xx
Kecia

http://www.couturezooblog.com/

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I have one of those exact candlesticks at my house! Please don't paint them - have you tried Barkeeper's Friend? Most grocery stores carry it - look by the Comet. It gets out lots of nasty tarnish - and you'll want to follow it up with a good brass polish. Good luck!
www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

Holly Baumgartner said...

How about dipping that portion only in chalkboard paint? Then you could write cute little messages or names or designs......

Clementine & Olive said...

Hey Nicole! I love these candle sticks. I have one and have waited to find a pair to do this. I hope it inspires you. As much as you may know I'm a true lover of all things brass these really do look fabulous updated with high gloss white:

http://sweetwilliamvintage.com/wp-content/uploads/wpsc/product_images/IMG_2299.JPG

Lisa said...

Hi
I love the idea of chalk board paint on the bottom only. (another commenter suggested this too)
The base looks quite big so there would be room for words like "welcome, merry christmas, happy birthday" etc.
Here is a link to a similar idea...
http://www.theroomblog.com/2012/05/grocery-store-flowers.html
(It's right at the bottom of the post-check it out it is really cool)
Have a good day!

Mrs. Handyverger said...

You could always leave them as-is in the shop, set a time limit to see if they sell, and if they don't sell in that time, do something else with them. :)

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