Making Pottery Barn Candles: Adding the Paint

The final step in recreating the Pottery Barn candles I started yesterday is adding the color. This part was difficult to take pictures of due to the awkwardness of operating a camera and a paintbrush at the same time. But hopefully the pictures I do have will be enough to get you in the right direction. And the nice thing about acrylic paint is that if you don’t like what you’ve done, just paint over it!

Supplies Needed for the Second Part of the Project

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Acrylic Paint: off-white (mine is called buff white) and dark brown
  • Small paintbrush for making the fine lines
  • Bigger paintbrush for painting the large areas on the side
  • Stiff brush for stippling and adding texture
  • Paper towel for wiping paint

Start by wiping the candle down with rubbing alcohol. This will remove grease and extra wax from the surface.

Use a stippling brush to put dark brown paint in the knots and in any large gouges.

Paint the entire surface (except for the knots) with off-white paint. Surprisingly, the paint will adhere nicely to the wax, unless you’ve watered down the paint too much, in which case it will bead up. Let it dry.

Then use the small brush to paint dark brown paint in all your texture lines. Use a paper towel to wipe over the grooves, which will keep in paint in the recesses only.

Then mix a little bit of off-white paint with a little bit of brown paint to make light brown paint. Use a paper towel like a sponge brush and stipple this into the low edge of the vertical line to make a shadow.  Also feel free to stipple patches of this color around the candle in patches to add irregularity and depth to the sides.

And that’s that! You can burn these just like a normal candle, and the paint should stay on just fine.


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2 responses to “Making Pottery Barn Candles: Adding the Paint

  1. (the great) Auntie Stacy

    Wow! They look GREAT!

  2. These are awesome! I’ll be making some in my spare time. Now, if only I could remember where I put that spare time…

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