Fast and Beautiful DIY Finishes for Accessories: Part 2

What I love about reviving accessories that are sitting around my house collecting dust is that it’s such a quick fix and that it saves you money.  All you are investing is a little time and some paint.  

Here are some accessories that I revamped in my home that you can update too…

Miss Mustand Seed's Typewriter Milk Paint on an old book with a Royal Design Studio stencil

A few months ago, I went to Robyn Story’s blog and noticed that she had used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to decorate some books she had.  I thought that this was a great idea – but I decided to try it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Typewriter.  Here’s how I did it. 

It went on easily and seemed to really just penetrate the fibers of this old book cover. 

applying milk paint to an old book 

After I did two coats (and this paint really dried quickly, so this was a quick project) I then decided to stencil the covers with a brocade stencil from Melanie Royals.  Since the spine had antique gold lettering, I used an antique gold stencil crème from Royal Design Studio. 

old book revamped with Milk Paint and brocade stencil

I sanded back a bit after stenciling to have the covers seem a bit more antiqued and faded. After finishing the covers, I took my stencil brush and drybrushed the antique gold on the 3 edge sides of the book to brighten them up a bit as well… hope that Charles Dickens approves!

closeup of books painted with Miss Mustardseed's Milk Paint


Candleholders are my favorites to re-do, of course.  This one I did a little differently.  I used variegated leaf in green (you can buy this at Michael’s) for the middle part and I used a green metallic paint for the top and bottom parts.  To adhere the leaf, you need to paint first if your surface is a bit shiny as mine was.  Apply size first – then you sprinkle the leaf on when the size is almost dry (a dry tack – not wet) and brush or use a soft cloth to spread and burnish the leaf flakes onto your surface.

a variegated leaf candleholder


a candleholder before painting and antiquing

Before – well actually during!!

I antiqued the entire piece because I love everything to be a bit aged.  Some of the leaf on mine did come off a bit in one spot but I love how that looks.  If you don’t like that, you can re-apply the size and apply more variegated leaf.

before and after candle holder

Before and after


And finally, here’s a plain candle holder that I painted with several colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Duck Egg Blue and Old White) and then I added some browns and chestnuts tones to add some age to the piece.

Chalk Painted candle holder antiqued


If you like the wall finish – please follow me via email because I will be giving a tutorial on how to do this finish!

Let me know what accessories you have changed with paint





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2 Responses to Fast and Beautiful DIY Finishes for Accessories: Part 2

  1. Christine says:

    Hi Linda…Christine from Little Brags visiting….thanks for inviting me . Will follow you along….love the stenceling
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