The upstairs has been decorated all to my mother’s tastes – and it looks pretty nice for the most part – but now that she’s passed, I want to lighten and brighten. Usually I’d just add some throw pillows, which I’ll get to eventually, but I now have a ton of these candles.
I’m amazed that I found a photo with the three of them! It was taken at my dad’s life “Celebration” back in 2001. You just never know how special photos will become until you lose loved ones. Anyway, I don’t want a huge “shrine” . . . at least not in my living room . . . but having the candle lit brings me comfort.
The DIYer in me wouldn’t think of throwing them out, knowing they’d make great vases or gifts or, well, something or other. The issue was getting rid of the wax residue.
I should mention that I’d tried my own “methods” before I cried for help – stuck them in the freezer but that didn’t remove the wax on the sides, tried the microwave but the cylinders are 8″ high and barely fit. Plus you have to make sure you’ve removed the metal wick base before you try the microwave!!! (I did, don’t worry). Neither method worked, however.
Anyway, when painting glass always wipe the glass with rubbing alcohol to remove any grease from your hands.
Which means get ready for more turquoise projects.
I’m getting there, but it’s still slow-going. People say, “you’re doing so well!” Yeah, maybe. But being on my own, I need/want to kick into high gear to get the business up and running full speed.
But I’m still in first gear.
So while this is a simple little spray painted vase, it’s kinda a big deal for me to paint something to make the house mine. I just keep putting one foot in front of the other, knowing that sooner or later I’ll have my energy back and will be able to work longer than an hour or so.
Are you thinking of adding new colors to your house for Spring? What do you have in mind? And how do you add a pop of color quickly?