I picked them up not knowing exactly what to do with them but knew I would think of something! After they sat on my counter for a week or so I thought they would be perfect to test out silver leafing! I started out by cleaning them up a bit to get the old wax off and then spraying them with a quick coat of gray primer followed by some flat black spray paint.
They already look so much better!
All you need is some silver leaf, adhesive size and sealer. You start out by applying a thin coat of the size to the candlesticks and let it sit for about 30-60 minutes. When it's ready it will be slightly sticky. Then you just apply the silver leaf with a dry brush. When you're happy with the look just apply the sealer and let it dry overnight. So simple.
The total cost of the project was less than $10! I actually think it would be easier to do a nightstand than the candlesticks. It is so much easier to use the whole sheet of leaf than pieces to go into small spots. I let some of the black paint show through to give it a more vintage almost mercury glass look. I'll definitely be trying it on something bigger!