January 13, 2013

How I Brightened Up a Dreary Day

Wow, I don't know about the rest of you, but for the past two days, PA has been under a cloud - literally!  It has been so drizzly, cold, and foggy - fog that hangs out ALL day!  What is really just a bit irritating, is that the weather forecasters said the past two days would be sunny and unseasonably warm - high of 65!  Please don't get my hopes up like that!   I had grand plans to work on some painting projects outside, clean my sun porch, and get some good interior shots with all that bright sunshine we were supposed to get!  

So, to brighten up my dreary weekend, I decided do a little crafting and decorating.  I found a great bargain last week at the Pottery Barn Outlet that I've been anxious use.  It's this Park Hill Lantern in the medium size.  It is normally $79.99 and I got it for $34.99!  Yay!  

Then for the crafting part, I made my own knock-off Pottery Barn Birch Candle.  There are several great tutorials to make these candles on Pinterest and it's really simple.  Here's how I did it - I purchased a pretty large pillar candle on the clearance shelf at TJ Maxx that was a Christmas leftover for $7.00.  The outside of the candle had a kind of mercury glass look with both gold and some silver metallic mottling.   It worked perfectly since the Pottery Barn original is a gold candle.  To get the birch look, I painted randomly over the candle with white acrylic craft paint leaving crooked lines here and there for that gold metallic to peak through.   On the first coat of paint, I concentrated on the lines and placement to make it look as close to the original as possible, but then a globbed on a second coat to give it more texture.

Once it was completely dry, I used a sponge brush to apply some Modge Podge and then sprinkled on the Clear Micro Glitter Beads.

So, here's the finished product - a knock-off Pottery Barn birch candle in a bargain-priced Pottery Barn lantern!  Just what I needed to brighten up a dreary day!

Hoping for sunny days ahead !


  1. We've had fog here in NY all weekend too Doreen, what happened to the sun we were suppose to have!
    Beautiful vignette and great job on the candle!!

  2. That's so sweet! I got a lantern from Homegoods similar to yours yesterday, but I just put some of those battery operated candles in mine. I don't want to spend any more money for a new candle, but your birch style design gives me an idea for something else wood related that maybe I could do. I'll have to check my supplies and see what I can come up with. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Well done! I love the look of it in the lantern. It looks like they both came straight from PB!

    Visiting from Debbiedoos and looking forward to following.

  4. I'm so jealous that you have a Pottery barn outlet! ;)
    I shopped at one while visiting Lancaster PA years ago. Your new lantern is beautiful and you did a wonderful job on the candle!

  5. great job on the candle! what a clever idea!

  6. You did a great job recreating the birch look on the candle! It looks wonderful in the lantern and what a great deal. Thank you for sharing. Have a great week.

    Visiting from Debbiedoos


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