Thursday, May 31, 2012

Romantic French Candelabra

I recently purchased a beautiful candelabra from
Ann at Whimsy By the Sea
at a very reasonable price.
She has a charming booth in King George, Virginia.

When I saw that shabby chic beauty on her post that day,
I wondered if she would sell it to me.
I had the perfect place for it here in this old farmhouse.


See it there on top of the pretty blue dresser in her shop? (Wish I could have bought the dresser, too.)

Ann was so sweet and gracious!
She mailed it right out to me.

When it arrived at my door,
I was thrilled with how pretty it was.
The gold-toned silver needed a wee bit of help, though.
I wanted to give it more of a vintage silver patina.

I had been wanting to try Rub-n-Buff,
which a waxy silver (or gold or verdigris) leaf.
So, I used my 40% coupon at Michael's
and bought some in three different patinas.





I read the instructions and starting dabbing and rubbing the silvery mixture on.






You can see the difference in the patina already. 
The base is completed.
I allowed the old gold tone to peek out from behind the silver leaf wax
for a French vintage look.

After letting it dry for an hour,
I buffed it to a subtle shine,
tucked in some white tapers,
and placed it on the small table next to my vintage clawfoot bathtub ~
right where I pictured it would be when I first saw it in Ann's photo.


*Sigh.....*

I find myself stopping every time I walk past my salle de bain.
The soft gray of the ladder,
the pale silvery patina of the mercury glass candles,
the vintage  patina of the candelabra,
the faded pink of the ranunculus bloom...
well....
I just have to *sigh*.








Photo edit: b/w with color focus.

I'm looking forward to a French bubble bath very soon
(thanks to Michelle who sent me some lavender bath salts a while ago).
Maybe sprinkle the lavender scented water with some rose petals....
pour myself a glass of wine...
light the candles...

and


*sigh* some more...





[ Blessings ]





 {Thanks again, Ann!}

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78 comments:

  1. Oh SoooooO beautiful!! I know just the soup dish I want to do this to. In-spire-ing. XoXo ;)

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  2. Your bathroom is so pretty and romantic with all the soft silver grays!! Love your candlebra re-do!! Rub and buff is so fun to use. The transformation is literally at your fingertips. :)

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  3. Beautiful romantic feminine! Just gorgeous!

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  4. Very, very beautiful, Laurie! A bit of bubble bath, a bit of soft music and light candles, what more could we want for a relaxing evening!

    Blessings,
    Donna

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  5. Fabulous! I love the candelabra. I also like that dresser, too! xo

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  6. Laurie: What a beautiful transformation. It was so pretty already but...!!! I just received some brass candlesticks and was going to paint them white, but I think I'll try this. Not as ornate as your's though. Your bath looks lovely. It wouldn't take much to transport it to something more lovely..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  7. Oh Laurie...what a beautiful candle holder wowwwwwwwwwwwwww....love it !!...have a nice weekend....love Ria...xxx..

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  8. dear laurie,
    what a sweet post. thank you for your kinds words. your candelabra looks absolutely stunning. i love what you did with the patina. it looks completely pleased, content, and a wee bit proud in its new home. and the aroma of lavender bath salts wafts right out of your photos into this room. i wish you much dreamy, candlelit relaxation. you're a sweetheart.
    blessings,
    ann

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  9. What a beautiful transformation. So glad you shared about run and buff. I just received a gift with a bit too much gold on it and wished it was silver. Now I know how to make that happen thanks to you. Love love love the bathroom. It is gorgeous . Sigh...
    Fran

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  10. Ok...so I really did type"rub" not "run" but I think my iPad made an assumption that I meant "run" and just changed it. Still figuring this thing out...

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  11. It looks great. I love where you put it. I never would of thought of that. But it worked so well with the room.

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  12. Oh you are SO right about the perfect spot for that awesome candelabra!

    Your bathroom is cottage perfect, love it- what an awesome tub to sit and appreciate the beauty around you!

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  13. You are always doing something over here. Do you ever sit still long enough to get a bubble bath in that fantastic tub? Take the time. It will do you good. That's where I would be. Thanks for always stopping by to check up on me. ;)

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  14. WOW, so very pretty!!! LOVE your bathroom!!

    xo

    :) T

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  15. It is SO pretty! You did a wonderful job with the Rub'N Buff! I've always wondered how that works. I am in love with your bathroom, too. I would always be in that tub!

    XO,
    Jane

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  16. it is fabulous, laurie!

    bravo.

    michele

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  17. So pretty! I know I'm supposed to be drooling over your candelabra (which I am) but I'm also drooling over your clawfoot tub! It's so pretty. I have never taken a bath in one of those style tubs before. Maybe someday I'll get the chance.

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  18. Oh how beautiful! The absolutely perfect place for it!

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  19. Love it. I have several of these and was wondering if there was a good option for them other than the gold they come in. Do you have crystals to hang on yours? If you don't, but want some let me know!!

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  20. The rub n buff looks great. One of my favorite products!

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  21. So beautiful indeed~

    Blessings
    Michele
    Pearl 13.1

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  22. That turned out so beautifully. You are a master at seeing potential, obviously. I am amazed at the difference with the rub and buff. I haven't yet tried it but you have given me ideas. Thanks.
    Liz

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  23. It turned out so lovely Laurie! It was made for your bathroom.

    It was so nice to be able to get a peek into your home today!!!! It is beautiful!
    sending hugs...

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  24. I had never seen rub and buff, love how your candelabra turned out! I'm going to get me some of that, have lots of gold stuff to use it on!! Thanks so much for sharing! Hugs, Penny

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  25. I love rub & buff and have used it for years and years. You did a great job on the candelabra. It looks really great. What a fun thing to have seen on someone's blog and then asked about it. Your bathroom is looking pretty serene and inviting. Is that the tub I need sleep in when I visit? xo Diana

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  26. Oh my goodness Laurie, what a treasure you have found and enhanced. I love it! I am loving your blog, what a peaceful restful place, your gifting is abundant and flow out to others.
    Blessings,
    Gayle from Behind the Gate

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  27. Laurie
    What a beautiful transformation!!! That bathroom is so very lovely. Have a great weekend my sweet friend!

    xoxo
    Kate

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  28. The end result is lovely.

    Kelly

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  29. Oh this is gorgeous Laurie. Thanks for sharing it on Shabbilcious Friday.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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  30. WOW Laurie, i totally love it!! what an amazing transformation, you have given a fabulous new lease of life to this candelabra, love that product!!! might look out for it over here somewhere!!!
    sorry havent been around for a while, had to take a bit of a break, just so much happening right now. Lots of love and hugs gorgeous friend...
    Laura xx

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  31. Laurie, this is gorgeous!! I never tried silver leaf rub n buff, but this is lovely!!

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  32. So lovely and romantic! Headed over to get the tour of your beautiful home.
    Mary Alice

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  33. Wow the candelabra looks amazing. I have to try this sometime. I will be on the lookout for one that I can try this on.

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  34. Oh my, this is beautiful! I’ve pinned it to my DIY board and would love for you to share on our Creative Corner Blog Hop. It starts on Monday’s and is open all week - http://hollysstampingaddiction.blogspot.com/2012/05/creative-corner-blog-hop_28.html
    Holly
    http://hollysstampingaddiction.blogspot.com/

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  35. Thanks so much for using AMACO's Rub 'n Buff on your project - it looks great! I'd love to post this on our Facebook page.

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  36. Sounds lovely, looks lovely, and I love the silver on the candelabra! And your claw foot tub. And that little wire soap holder. And the beadboard. I'm sighing, too.
    -Revi

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  37. Laurie........Really think you should open a B & B......I'd love to come.

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  38. Hey Laurie..I love the things you make..like the terra pots and the candelabra!!Thank you so much for your comment! I use just regular paper for my printing on wood. I hope you understand the tutorial. (sorry for my bad english)..A lot of hugs for you and your readers!!
    XOXO Elly from Holland!

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  39. Hi Laurie! What an eye you have for beautiful things! And great photo skill - love the b/w edit w/color. The placement next to tub made my heart flutter :)
    Well done friend,
    xo

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  40. WWWOOOOOWWWW... You are AMAZING!!!!
    I came to look at another post I saw at theCraft Guild Party and found this one!!!
    I have been trying to find the rub and buff thingy here in Canada without success.. Michaels
    doesn't carry it...
    I am going back to your party post!
    Hugs!

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  41. Laurie,
    Truly a romantic feature in your elegant bathroom!!!
    Enjoy your bubbly and the bubbles!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  42. Oh Laurie,
    what a beautiful candelabra and what an amazing job you did with the patina. It looks oh-so-french and it's perfect in your bathroom.
    have a fabulous weekend.
    rita

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  43. SO LOVELY!!!! It was beautiful when you bought it but you really wowed it!!!! Good Eye! I love where you put it too. What a lovely bathroom! Thanks so much for linking it up to Rustic Restorations Weekend:)

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  44. Adorable! So perfect for your bathroom :)
    Greetings from Australia♥
    ~Pernilla

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  45. Very pretty, I love the patina and it just looks so vintage and French!

    Hugs, Tanya

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  46. Well, that looks and sounds like pure heaven. I love your bathroom and that wonderful claw foot tub. You will be using rub n buff a lot now.

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  47. The perfect addition to your already wonderful bathroom. I have the exact same metal soap holder hanging on my tub in my master bathroom. I'm hoping to get the walls painted once school is out and have that room ready to share. I also have a wooden ladder(or actually a trellis from outside) with towels in this room as well:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  48. Oh Laurie, that turned out beautiful! You sure have the magic touch when it comes to transforming things. Gosh, I sure love your bathroom! I have a soft spot in my heart for beadboard. Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

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  49. Love your bathroom! It seems like the perfect place for relaxation. Like Tricia, I love beadboard, I have it in my bedroom.

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  50. i've pasted up candelabras, because of the finish,--this is such a clever and beautiful idea, laurie:) gorgeous bath!

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  51. Wow, I love the way this came out! I am inspired to try this out on one of my vintage treasures I have lying around. Great job! Oh, I love your bathtub by the way, just perfect!

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  52. It's beautiful! I have so many ugly brass pieces sitting around waiting for a transformation. Rub N' Buff is on my list now! Thanks you for the inspiration.

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  53. This is so good to know. I've pinned it for safe keeping to use in the future, as I'm sure I'll need it! Thanks for sharing your technique. (I have a claw foot tub, too, and just love it.)

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  54. I love how your candelabra turned out! It's just beautiful. Your bathroom is just gorgeous. I can see why you sigh every time you see it. I would too! I'm your newest follower. Visiting from the My Romantic Home link party. Blessings, ~ Jamie

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  55. How beautiful Laurie!
    It's rainy and chilly here at the campground and a nice hot bath (and a glass of bubbly) would be perfect...can I come over?

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  56. Ooooo, I'm lovin' how this turned out, Laurie. It looks perfect in the bathroom! Very pretty.
    xxoo

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  57. Oh, so that is what Rub n buff can do....oh my! that is wonderful! Your bathroom is fabulous....very cool...
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  58. Your bathroom is beautiful! I'm pinning this so others can share. ~ Maureen

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  59. The candelabra is fabulous now! I see those around in the gold, and always think... hmmmmmmm. Now i know how to make one stunning like yours, thanks for the lesson!

    Cindy

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  60. Laurie,
    I have not heard of this product before.But I will be using it soon.That candelabra looks a amazing.Beautiful photos.
    (((Hugs)))
    Anne

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  61. I love the makeover you did on that candleholder!! Just beautiful Laurie!! I want to come and take a bubble bath and just live in your bathroom!! LOL
    Blessings~

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  62. Beautiful! Rub-n-buff ROCKS I use it all the time.

    Dee

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  63. It turned out beautiful! I will have to buy a candelabra and try that rub on it. Thank you or a great idea! Take care.
    Blessings, Aimee

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  64. Gorgeous! And I am extremely jealous of that bath!!!

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  65. Your candelabra turned out so charming! So Romantic next to your bathtub.I have never heard about this product and will definitely buy some. I love your tutorial and all your awesome photos. Thanks so much for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays.

    Jody

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  66. Your whole bath is lovely and the candelabra is perfect. Enjoy that lavender soak -you deserve it!

    Carolyn

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  67. This beautiful!...Blessings, Becky

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  68. Thanks for sharing this product tutorial with us...I adore your candelabra! So tasteful! xo wendy

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  69. So Beautiful. I need to try this. Would you please post a link on my blog hop. I will list the link below.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/06/jasmine-scented-oil-wednesday-adorned.html
    Sincerely,
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

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  70. Sigh, indeed. The candelabra turned out magnificent under your silvered fingers and oh - what a setting for it!
    Happy WW Laurie

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  71. So very pretty! and I love your bathroom!

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  72. Wow Laurie, how amazing is that Rub'n'Buff. The candelabra is the perfect accent piece for your gorgeous bathroom.
    Thanks for linking to Shabbilcious Friday. I will be featuring this post tomorrow.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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  73. Amazing...I love the finish and it looks outstanding in your beautiful bath.

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  74. Laurie,

    I love this post. It is so beautiful. Thank you so much for linking with my blog party at Wednesday Adorned From Above Blog Hop.

    Enjoy your weekend.
    Debi

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  75. brilliant. that silver buff is working! wellplaced in the bathroom in my opinion. just lovely.

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  76. Hello Laurie, I thought I'd stopped by earlier - I think I did, but the computer wasn't allowing me to comment. I just love this -so very romantic. I had to pin the picture of your tub, I have been scrubbing an old cast-iron tub my husband got for me to refinish and put in our bathroom - lots and lots of hard work...
    I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  77. Hi Laurie,
    I loved this post, and wanted to let you know that I have featured as one of my favorite bloggers in my Favorite Friday Blog Links. Take a look. The link is below.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/06/favority-friday-blog-links-6.html
    Have a great weekend
    Sincerely,
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Abov
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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