A Candlestick Painter

By Becky Pittman, communications consultant for Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas.


Now that everyone at my house is settled back into school and work routines I have time to look around and take note of all the little projects I need to finish. While things like organizing the garage need to be done, doing something crafty to add a splash of color to our home would be much more fun!

For this project, I look for inspiration from my dear friend Wes McHan, a local artist creating art auction items for ReStore & After, Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas’s annual art auction. He found three candlesticks at the Habitat ReStore and saw potential for a lovely décor piece. His work is stunning and really pushes the limits of repurposing ordinary objects.

Walking through Wes’ simple steps below, you’ll see that you really can create your own original artwork that adds personality and charm to your home without breaking the bank. Follow these steps and light up your artistic side!

• Flat white paint
• Various colors of liquid acrylic paint
• Brushes
• Sandpaper
• Stain
• High-gloss varnish
• Cloth towel


1. Paint candlestick with the flat white paint and let it dry completely.
2. Use liquid acrylic paints to create your own unique, colorful design,
then let it dry completely.
3. Using sandpaper, strategically scuff and sand randomly throughout
the candlestick to create an aged, rustic look.
4. Wipe away residue from sanding.
5. Stain the entire candlestick and wipe off excess stain with a cloth towel.
6. Let the stain dry completely, then varnish for a high-gloss finish.
7. Behold! You’re an artist. Display your artwork for your whole family
to enjoy!

Find this and many more crafts up for auction at Restore & After from 6-9 p.m., Sept. 21 at the Embassy
Suites by Hilton. Purchase tickets at centralarkansastickets.com.