Estate Sale Pedestal Makeover With Paint, Wax And Dixie Dirt

July 30, 2020

pillar candle pedestal

I love a good home decor makeover, especially if it's a quick and easy one that provides a big punch. Today I'm going to share one of those makeovers -- my estate sale pedestal makeover. I'll also be sharing a secret way to add a little grunge to your paint projects. We all love a little bit of grunge, right?

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The Rules

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.
  • Meet the Hosts

    Italianate chiseled pedestal

    When I came across this wooden pedestal at a local pop-up estate sale (it takes place a few times a year, seasonally) it had a twin, and I initially passed them both over. But by my second loop around the place I was draw in and realized that I could buy just one, which served my purposes better than getting the set. I pictured it, after a makeover, sitting on the French provincial dresser in my foyer alongside 3 tall chippy, shabby candlesticks. 

    chippy shabby pedestal topper

    It was just chippy shabby enough to put a smile on my face.

    $6 price tag estate sale

    And for the $6.00 price tag I couldn't refuse.

    estate sale pedestal mantel decor farmhouse candlestick

    My only critique was that I didn't like the green paint on the top section, or the yellow paint on the base. But knowing that it was only cosmetic I didn't let it stop me from bringing it home. Because otherwise I loved it. And I knew what I had to do. I had to paint over the green and the yellow, yet still maintain the chippy, shabby and grungy look.

    Waverly Inspirations Chalk Matte Finish No Prep Arylic Paint by Plaid jar

    My choice of paint: Waverly Inspirations Chalk Matte Finish No Prep Acrylic Paint by Plaid in Ivory. Oddly enough, I've bought this brand of paint at Wal-Mart a number of times and loved it. (I've had this jar for a while.) But when I went back to the store to get a larger jar of it (for another project) my local Wal-Mart was no longer selling it. I couldn't find it online anywhere, either. I think it may have been replaced by essentially the same paint but with a different name. I'll share that paint name the end of this post so stay with me. 

    Despite its name -- Ivory -- it ended up looking pretty white. Here you can see where I painted the green leaves and the yellow base of the pedestal. An improvement for sure. Just a bit too stark compared to the rest of the piece.

    pedestal base painted white grunge

    While the base still displayed a nice, grungy look after being painted, I felt it was too bright compared to the rest of the piece. 
    Folk Art Home Decor Clear Wax jar Dixie Dirt jar stippling brush

    So I decided to get to work with my Folk Art Home Decor Clear Wax and  Dixie Belle Dixie Dirt in Ash. Simply put, I went over the bright areas first with my clear wax, using a wax brush, then let that dry for about 15 minutes. Once the wax had started to dry but was sill sticky, I stippled on some Dixie Belle Dirt with a stencil brush, following that with a chip brush that I used to brush away any excess "dirt." 

    And here's the beautiful end result. Buh-bye green paint!

    The base is no longer yellow and it is definitely grungy!

    white chippy shabby candlesticks Italianate pedestal

    I think the "new" pedestal fits in well with all the other chippy, shabby pieces.

    I left the pedestal's gold rim alone, just as I did with the original gold paint on the French provincial dresser. I am still planning on publishing a whole post on how I painted and transformed the dresser.

    Angel Vine mossy clay pots moss balls

    For now I've place a beautifully patina'd clay pot holding some delicate Angel Vine on top of the pedestal.

    Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint Sheepskin 16 oz. jar

    So what paint did I find to replace the Waverly Inspirations Chalked Matte Finish No Prep Acrylic Paint by Plaid in Ivory? I found Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in Sheepskin. For all I know that's the official replacement. Either way, I've aready used it for an end table transformation project I'll be sharing with you soon.

    mustard seed wall art foyer buffet candlesticks farmhouse ironstone pitcher

    While it didn't take a huge effort on my part, I still think what I did to it made a big difference in its appearance. What do you think?

    Well, that's it until next time, friends! 

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    Estate Sale Pedestal Makeover
    With Paint, Wax And Dixie Dirt 
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    Naush said...

    wow !! That makeover is stunning !!

    Artsy VaVa said...

    Great makeover. That's just what it needed.

    Beverly @Across the Blvd said...

    The pedestal looks great with your other pieces. I haven't used the Dixie Belle Dixie Dirt, but I love the way it turned out on this piece.

    Chas' Crazy Creations said...

    What a transformation and a great find too. It's so fun to update something and have it fit in our home. Thanks for sharing an wonderful creating with you!

    Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

    What a great way to maintain the grunge look and still transform your candlestick into quite a lovely piece! Great job! I recently received free paints from Plaid Crafts and it looks like they've changed the labeling on a lot of their products.

    Ann said...
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    Ann said...

    I would have snapped-up that pedestal too, Kathleen and I love what you did with it! Funny that you can't find the Waverly paint anymore. I use it all the time and it was still at our Walmart a few weeks ago....maybe I better stock up!

    Kathy said...

    Your pedestal looks right at home with the other candlesticks! You can style a piece like that so many ways--for all seasons! Great redo!

    Beth Watson said...

    I will have to check out the Dixie Dirt! I'd love for you to check out our Creative Crafts Linky Party and share your project!
    Have a great weekend!
    Creatively, Beth

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