There’s a pair of french sconces in a popular catalog that I have swooned over for quite some time. But at almost $400 for a pair, they have stayed out of my (frugal) budget.
Even when they’ve periodically been on sale, they are still a bit pricey.
So I’ve held off on purchasing them, thinking that I would possibly find something that I liked just as much, but without the high price tag.
Sometimes if you’re patient, the perfect piece…..with the perfect price…..will find you.
Which is exactly what happened several weeks ago while attending an estate sale.
As I made my way through the sale, I turned a corner, and lo and behold…….there they were.
Sitting on the floor were a pair of large wood vintage wall sconces!
Everyone else had passed them by…..it was as if they were waiting for me!
They closely resembled the expensive pair in the catalog, and the sale tag listed them at $50.00 for the pair!
That was definitely a price that I could live with, so I happily brought them home with me!
They’re actually vintage Italian Florentine, which I love, and they’re hallmarked on the back side “Made in Italy”.
After I gave them a little makeover, they now work perfectly in the formal living room.
Unfortunately, the sconces were painted black…..and while I don’t have anything against black, it wasn’t going to work in our home’s color scheme.
Using my favorite paint from Pure & Original, it was easy to give them a lighter, french look.
I applied a base coat of Pebble Stone and then I dry brushed Sea Salt over the top for highlights.
I used a small flat artist’s brush to paint the sconces because I wanted to leave the gorgeous, original gilding, and it was easier to work around that with a smaller brush.
Pure & Original Classico chalk paint is wonderful to add texture to a piece.
It is a thicker consistency, almost like silky pudding, so the results can be beautifully smooth or if desired, you can apply it in thicker layers to create texture, which is what I did with the sconces.
To age the scones just a bit, I used my homemade glaze.
You’ve heard me talk about this before. It’s such an easy DIY glaze, and very inexpensive.
The glaze is thinned down acrylic artist’s paint in color Burnt Umber.
You can usually find it at any craft store, and it’s my “go to” product when I want to age a piece for a timeworn look….and it’s so much easier than using dark wax, which I find cumbersome to use.
I used an artist’s brush and added the glaze to the edges and in some of the details, then wiped back with a damp cloth, creating an aged look. You can make this as heavy or as light as you like. It’s all personal preference.
We hung them on each side of the mirror in the living room and it’s the exact look I’ve been wanting….without the high price tag!
Patience does pay off!
The living room is coming along, albeit slowly, which is fine with me.
I would rather wait for the right pieces to find me!