For this project I was totally inspired by Thrifty Decor Chic. She did a beautiful job on the same kind of ‘cloche’ awhile back.
You may remember I recently scored some deals while out thrifting. For some time I’ve been on the lookout for old cheese domes, well on my Goodwill trek that day I SCORED! Not only did I find the great ovenware bowls and garden art, I also found 3 cheese domes. They had even more, but I carried all six of them around the store for twenty minutes restrained myself and only purchased three. I was also able to find two candlesticks too. I knew I had an old lamp base in my garage that I could use as the base for the third domed pedestal.
This is how I envisioned them:
To put them together and finish them off I used only products I had on hand. First I cleaned all of the pieces really well. My sweetie was kind enough to saw off the top of the resin lamp for me, so I was left with a flat pedestal surface. Then I intended to use epoxy to glue the plates to the bases, no epoxy in the garage…so instead I used JB Weld. It is a two part glue like epoxy. I let that harden overnight. Then I spray primed all of the metal parts.
For the two dark pedestals, after the primer dried, I sprayed them with brown spray paint. The brown paint I had happened to be glossy. After that I went over the brown lightly with black spray paint. I used two, a little glossy and a little flat. The overall effect of the the two color spray ends up looking like oil rubbed bronzed. (I was trying to use what I had, but it would be easier to just buy a can of oil rubbed bronze spray paint.)
For the lighter pedestal, I started with white spray paint. Again I just used what I had. This was a flat white auto spray paint. When that was good and dry I mixed a one to one ratio of Valspar’s Mocha glaze with water. I then applied that to the pedestal with a sponge brush. I thought I was going to end up wiping it off to leave the glaze only in the crevices, but I liked how it looked as it was so I left it. Then when the glaze was dry I just topped it off with a latex satin poly.
I am really pleased with how all three turned out.
This was a VERY economical project.
$2.92 Resin Candlestick
$1.91 Pewter Candlestick
$.0 Old Resin Lamp Base (already had)
$2.52 Small Cheese Dome
$3.93 Medium Cheese Dome
$4.54 Large Cheese Dome
$.0 Glue, Paint, Glaze, & Poly (already had)
Total with tax for THREE domed pedestals = $16.77, not too shabby
Remember the before:
This is the after:
Now I get to fill them with all sorts of goodies. Any suggestions?