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12 April, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday..or...A Few Tarnished Old Ladies Revisited!

Welcome to another Metamorphosis Monday with our hostess with the mostest, Susan at Between Naps on the Porch! Be sure to stop by her amazing blog to see some incredible before and after projects at her beautiful home and to see the list of this week's participants!


I am going to show you some tarnished old ladies and what became of them. This old tea pot was a flea market find...$4.00 because of the broken lid, I suppose. I found it while out Goodwill hunting with my friend Linda at Nina's Nest. My original intention was to clean it up and then spray paint it white....not even salvageable, I thought.

But...here it is after a lot of Wright's Silver Creme and elbow grease...starring in Lady Katherine's birthday tea!! I hot-glued the lid on since I will never really use it for tea. I just didn't have the heart to spray paint it when I saw how pretty it was!!


This tray was a Goodwill find! I had already polished this old gal as much as I could when I took this picture. Fortunately, slightly tarnished is stylish right now! Can you see the "O" engraved in the middle?? Oprah...I have your tray and I'm not giving it back!!! lol


Here is a close-up of the grape border. Isn't it gorgeous?? I love grapes!!! You could paste grapes on a stick and I would buy it!!!


Here's where the old ladies now reside....on my coffee table! I've added the thrift store coffee butler from a previous post and a silver water pitcher that was a wedding gift many moons ago.


Here's one last group of tarnished old ladies...old brass candlesticks that are probably older than some of you!! I have three sets, so I took one of each so they would be more interesting. I am going to spray paint them white. If it doesn't work...no great loss. I never use them as they are. I used white gloss spray paint from Walmart...$1.00 a can!


Here we are half-way into the project. I really didn't think this one was going to work, even though I've seen brass chandeliers painted on HGTV. Maybe you were supposed to sand first...but I just charged right in. I must admit that it took lots of coats and lots of time to dry in between. But....


..here they are now, on my hutch! I think they look pretty darn good and I will be able to use them again. I'm beginning to look at everything and visualize how it might look painted white!! My daughter told me that my grandson was even advising her to paint the bricks around their patio...way too much time with Granny over Spring break!! lol
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by Susan's to see some more before and afters!

51 comments:

  1. Lookin' good! I love the way those candlesticks turned out! I didn't think the paint would stick to the brass! Can't wait to try this trick out! God Bless! Hope you had a wonderful Easter Debbie! God Bless! Lauralu :)

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  2. Lovin that old silver...and spray painting brass candlesticks make them lovely...thanks for the "new" idea...I'll have to run to Goodwill tomorrow....

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  3. They look better than "pretty good"..I think they look fantastic!! What a difference...that is an amazing transformation. That they are all different, is just like you say..it adds interest. And the cost of the spray paint! I am off to Target tomorrow to buy some. I am out of the white spray paint and that is a great price. Isn't it wonderful what a bit of spray paint can do?
    ~Love and smiles~
    Mona

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  4. I should be in bed right now, Debbie, but I did get my shower and am ready to retire. Then I decided to make one more pass through Blogland, and LOOK! I love what you've done! Love all your finds! And I like your new white "sticks." I want to go find some at GW and spray paint them black. I found some black and white bowls recently and want to put them in the kitchen in St. A!

    I'll probably be gone most of this week, but I will try to check in and see you!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  5. Hi Debbie, Love, love, love what you did with the candlesticks. Those ladies are stylin'. Hope you had a wonderful Easter with your family.

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  6. I'm SO glad you didin't paint the silver!! The candlesticks look great. I love them white, but if you have other really tarnished brass, try Barkeeper's Friend. It works on brass and stainless without all the elbow grease!

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  7. The silver looks beautiful. I love that tray. I have a tarnished silver tray in my bath. I have a lamp on it along with some lotions and sprays.
    Kathleen

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  8. Your tea pot transformed into quite a beauty! I can also see it as a vase for fresh flowers…. Your tray is also really pretty, and with such great detailing. Your silver water pitcher is gorgeous, if you ever decide you do not want it anymore just let me know, ha ha….

    It is so amazing what a can of spray paint will do. The brass candlestick holder makeover does look pretty darn great.

    I hope you have had a wonderful Easter, Nicole

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  9. Oh Deb - I think there will be a mass sale for white spray paint this week. LOL Who doesn't have some old candlesticks laying around in the back of their cupboard? This is lovely!
    I have a few pieces which could use a few coats of paint, too. Hope you have a great week my friend! Hugs, Barb

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  10. Hi Debbie! I've missed you! Oh, I love your old ladies and they all look so fabulous! I'll bet you've got the greatest muscles in blogland!
    The candlesticks are pretty!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  11. Ok, now you have Oprah and Carmen ticked off at you! Hee, hee.
    Your old ladies look really good...kind of like young ladies now! I had to laugh when I read you hot glued on the lid...I would have never thought of that. If it comes off...you could use it as a vase some time. :-)
    BTW, I about fell off my chair when I saw your candle sticks because a few days ago I dug out these ancient, cheapy, brass candlesticks and stuck them in all the stuff that I've been collecting in the garage for a spring garage sale. Where earlier today, I retrieved them from the garage and decided to paint them white...isn't that amazing! So right now I have 7 primed, white, candlesticks...gotta go buy the paint tomorrow. Hope mine turn out as good as yours did! :-)
    Susan

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  12. Well now, who the heck knew you could spray paint BRASS candlesticks!!!???? You are too clever! Your "old Ladies" look terrific! I just love the tray with the grape border...SOOO pretty. Thanks for sharing this. Pinky

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  13. Debbie, Wow...you did a great job with both the silver(old gals) ;) and the candlestick makeovers! They all look very beautiful! You are MAWVELOUS DAWLING.... ;) ~CC Catherine

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  14. BEAUTIFUL! Love the way the silver polished up, but I have to say I'm most in love with the candlesticks once they were sprayed. Great transformation - you know, they sold something like this at Horchow for well over $150/per candle! You did a great thing here Debbie! Great job!

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  15. You have inspried me! We have rummage sales coming up soon. Maybe I can find some treasures to transform! Wish me luck!
    Hugs, Terrie

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  16. *Hi,D~ I've HEARD of spray painting just about EVERYTHING, but I thought "they" said one had to sand or prime or "whatever" FIRST, so it would "stick"... Looks like you proved them wrong ~~~ and beautifully!!!! KUDOS, kiddo!!! Warmly, Linda *

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  17. Hey Debbie,
    I hope you had a wonderful Easter. What a great idea! I am sure I have some old brass candlesticks and if I don't well there are garage sales. i love how the silver cleaned up, the plate of Oprah's really is divine. LOL, Have a good week, Cindy

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  18. Hi Debbie...you do the most amazing things with your Goodwill finds...You have real vision...I have never seen such crap turn into really good stuff...It's an art!! I especially love that tray with the grapes...it looks like a family heirloom...

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  19. From one silver lover to another...beautiful! I'm glad to know I'm not the only silly one who loves to decorate with silver (even though it's a pain to keep all shined up and polished!)

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  20. Proof Positive that there is hope for us "tarnished old ladies"... something that I know, I personally am sincerely thankful for!

    love the silver... and new hope for my old dated copper sticks...

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  21. Wow! I am really impressed, Debbie! They all turned out beautifully. Love the grapes on the tray...Christine

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  22. Now you are making me want to polish silver! I have lots of old pieces from family members that I'm sorry to say I never even look at. I will definitely have to remedy that situation.

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  23. Beautiful metamorphosis, Debbie! I'm going to have to pay closer attention when browsing resales and flea markets. What gorgeous pieces you found!!

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  24. Woohoo, Debbie, c'est fantastique! J'aime tout ce que tu as fait - l'argenterie, le plateau, mais les chandeliers (le bon mot?) sont incroyables! Bon travail, mon amie! Linda

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  25. The silver is gorgeous...but I really want those candlesticks!! Great job!

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  26. Wow. I never would've thought of spray painting brass candlesticks. And it worked! Good job! They look wonderful. But I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the tray!!!! If you come home one night and it's not where you put it, don't come looking for it at my house. ;)
    Great post! Karen

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  27. My old brass candlesticks had better hide out if the sun comes out here in Misssouri because they are "in for a paintin'". Great job with both projects. Thank you for sharing.

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  28. Just visiting all today... Great job on all of them and yes that grape tray is gorgeous. I love grapes, too!

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  29. Debbie, I just love your silver pieces. I have some really old ones that I've salvaged. I don't have the energy to use silver polish but TarnX works wonders. I love the white spray painted candlesticks, now that's really ingenius. The silver is gorgeous on the coffee table and the candlesticks are beautiful on the hutch. Great job. Hugs, Marty

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  30. I need to get up off my duff and do somethings, too - like polish silver. Yours is beautiful. Love the brass that has been painted, too; but glad you didn't paint the silver!!! Sally

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  31. Great Met Monday post, love that tray too, pretty edge.
    Way to go on your redos!
    Linda Q

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  32. Your tarnished old ladies are looking might fab. I've painted many tarnished old ladies over the years that didn't spiffy up so good.

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  33. I hope I look that good when I'm an old lady! ;)

    You gave your finds a second life.

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  34. As always a great post always inspiring always entertaining. I just love everything you do.I am in envy over that silver tray, I love the grapes very unique and oh so Debbie, I love the comment of grapes on a stick, they could go with your bunny on a stick,hehe, Hugs Kathysue

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  35. Beautiful post! I adore those candlesticks. I laughed out loud when I read: You could paste grapes on a stick and I would buy it!!! LOL
    Love your blog. ♥

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  36. Great candlesticks...I'm for painting just about anything, and like you would have tried the silver teapot...however.....(big drawnout pause) there is a fast, easy, cheap, non-toxic way to clean all your silver...
    Line a tub, tray, or sink with alum. foil...boil some water, like a gallon...put your silver in the container...put the baking soda in the water, and pour over your silver. It will bubble and toil...and clean like magic. Rinse, and dry...viola!!

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  37. Glad you're back and these are all stunning! I love your grapes as well!

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  38. Debbie, everything looks so pretty. Love those white candlesticks. Now, I've got some silver that needs a lot of buffing. When can you come for a visit? So funny about your grandson wanting to paint the bricks! laurie

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  39. Debbie I hope you had a wonderful Easter dear friend...Now girl I just gave my daughter some old candle sticks yesterday to take home..every time I do that I find I could have used them..they turned out awesome girl..thanks for sharing hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  40. You find the best silver pieces! I like the tarnished look personally.

    Okay, be still my heart! I was going to buy some white candlesticks & now I have a much better idea. I just have to find my mom's brass ones! ♥ Diane

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  41. That silver teapot is incredible! I gasped when I saw the "after"! Oh, and I'm a total white paint addict. If you stand still for too long in my house, its quite likely you'll end up with a couple of coats of white paint!

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  42. Amazing the treasures to be found at GW !!! Your teapot looks like new and just love the look of the candle sticks in white.

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  43. Debbie,
    Since you have recent & relevant experience why don't you come to my house and spiff up mine, hee, hee! You did a great job, loved this post! Cathy

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  44. Your candlesticks and silver pieces are beautiful!!!
    I have to start shopping at Goodwill!
    Leanne

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  45. Debbie ,i'm so glad you're back .i missed you.i know you were enjoying the company with your family as i was.
    your $4.00 teapot is stunning.i am also looking for one.i have a gw tray,a sugar bowl and a creamer now also.all i need is a pot.yours looks awesome.
    and your candle holders are lovely.i've sprayed 2 or 3 sets now.i got the idea from Cindy @ my romantic home,i think.who knows.as long as we got the idea some where,huh?lovely..........ann

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  46. How pretty! I adore silver. I think it looks so elegant. I like the way you put everything together and have it sitting on your coffee table. It looks very inviting.

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  47. How pretty! I adore silver. I think it looks so elegant. I like the way you put everything together and have it sitting on your coffee table. It looks very inviting.

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  48. Hi Debbie,
    Oh my this all turned out so spectacular! I adore the candlesticks in White.
    So fresh and lovely.

    Ou little bunny guy is safe. Chestnut is strictly indoor only. I would absolutely lose my mind if he ever got out.
    I know I'm a bit silly.
    I am so overprotective of him.
    I just hear so many car accident stories I panic.
    He does not care or know the difference at all.

    See you at the Target birdie event!
    My OW post isn't ready. The weather has been just awful for pictures lately.
    I'll join Barb's event instead.

    Have a great day.
    ~Melissa :)

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  49. Love how the white candlesticks turned out. The silver looks new, and the tray with the grapes is gorgeous. Great ideas you have. Deb

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  50. Love the candle sticks! I don't usually go for that style, but it looked great with the spray paint! Love it! Kelly

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie