This post was going to start off smugly with a great craft idea that I was going to pull off really well. And it was going to look really beautiful and get lots of praise from impressed readers. Canadian House and Home was probably going to feature it. I was going to feel like a proud blogger.
The project started off with those famous last words, “how hard can it be?” and then went downhill from there. But I am posting it anyway. I will feel like a humble blogger. And we will learn some important crafting lessons together. And then I will throw the project away.
I wanted to add a Valentine’s message to some red candleholders by painting the inside with gold paint and masking off letters to read “Be Mine.” Then I could light them and watch them flicker all pretty on the mantle, and feel impressed with myself. Easy, right? Read on…
I couldn’t find 6 red candleholders in a matching size, so in the spirit of the new relax and chill attitude I am trying to cultivate, I decide to combine 2 sizes. I’m going to say it gave this project an eclectic look. Eclectic is a very convenient word for times like this.
You can see here that I went to the trouble of carefully taping off the top edge. Cause I can be neurotic like that. Obviously there are some areas of my life where my new chill out attitude has not yet taken hold.
I used some stick-on letters from the dollar store, which I stuck on with glue stick. I sprayed the inside in several light coats on the stove area, where I had good ventilation. This was going great. Very blog-worthy.
I was feeling pretty optimistic until I pulled off the stickers and saw that the paint ran underneath, and the metallic gold paint ran down the sides of the candleholders, looking horribly uneven and blotchy. I tried to fix them with a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover. And then a paint brush dipped in a puddle of spray paint. And then I dropped one and cracked it. And then I gave up.
I think these candleholders would work well if you were stalking someone and wanted to frighten them on Valentine’s Day. Maybe you could word scramble the letters to say something menacing to enhance this effect. Or maybe you could give these to the kids so that they understand that “Be Mine” really means you own their asses. Lots of possibilities.
I’m done with glass painting. But just to put this post to good use, here are some lessons you can keep in mind if you ever decide to try something like this:
How To Not Fail At Reverse Painting Candle Holders