Since we’ve had a few days of sunny weather lately, I decided it was time to spiff up a pair of candlesticks that have been collecting cobwebs and dust for oh, several years now. I picked them up for $1 at a thrift store, back in the days before thrift store employees thought they were in the business of selling antiques.
They had collected a heavy coating of candle wax, so first I chipped off as much as I could with my thumbnail. Then I fired up my teakettle and poured boiling water over them, which quickly melted off the rest of it. A quick scrub in soapy water, and they were ready to paint.
I sprayed them with a light coat of primer, and about 20 minutes later, I sprayed on the first light coat of paint. All told, it took 3 light coats of paint to get good coverage from all angles.
Have you fixed up something you already had, rather than buying something new recently?