"Oh Promise Me...."
Can you hear the music?
A good while back, I ordered some "rustic iron candelabra" from Decor Steals, one of those flash sale sites with a new deal every day, this one popular with those who like a little bit of rustic mixed in with their fancy. The photo suggested that they would look great with fall decor so that is why I ordered them, envisioning twining colored leaves, berries and fall candles adorning their cute rusty selves.
Then I received an email saying that there had been an accident in the warehouse, that the inventory was damaged, and that they were offering an opportunity to cancel or wait it out till they had the situation under control. I chose the second option, then mostly forgot about them. Let me say that these are really nice people to deal with. I wish their merchandise was as nice as they are.
They finally arrived on Saturday, and when I opened them, I was puzzled. These were big metal things, all right, needing assembly, but not the least bit rusty or rustic. At first I thought they were shrink wrapped with plastic, so slick and shiny they were. Amateurishly soldered together, they were made in China, of course. Ick! Some of the candle cups are not real straight and neither are the legs. But what I couldn't get over was that weird charcoal grey finish, slick as plastic.
|I know I promised the scoop on this cruet set, and I WILL get to it, I swear. |
Also, I started a new collection -- can you guess what?
I looked at them for a few minutes, decided not to bother sending them back, but knew I had to change the finish. Spray paint to the rescue. I had two cans of gold paint, so first I tried the one that said 14K -- but it looked too "old gold" for my liking. For the second coat, I hit it with the other one in my stash, a metallic shiny gold.
|You can't really tell in this photo how weird the finish was!|
See the crooked legs?
|After the first coat|
|After the second coat -- brighter|
|Ready for the wedding|
|Cue the music|
Lo and behold, I could hear strains of "Oh Promise Me" and see visions of the bridal party floating down the aisle. What on earth would I do with these things?
Well, for now they are in the dining room full of white candles, "Oh Promise Me" is still in the air, and I guess they will probably look about half cute with some Christmassy stuff intertwined in their curlicues.
I think I am about cured of ordering stuff off these flash sites, though.
Linking to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
and to Brenda at Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday