Crafty Creations: Get Glossed

In addition to clear furniture, white lacquer home furnishings are making a splash in the design world. Classic pieces have been popping up everywhere in high gloss white finishes instead of traditional materials such as wood or metal. Whether it’s Jonathan Adler’s cubes, West Elm’s mod floor lamp, Horchow’s Baroque Chandelier or even Ethan Allen’s glossy lampshade, one thing is clear: White lacquered accents are in!

A simple way to work this trend into your home is by spray-painting a home accessory with high gloss white paint. You can paint almost anything–lamps, vases, candlesticks…you name it. I was so inspired after researching this trend I decided to give it a shot. One sheet of sandpaper, three brass candleholders and two cans of spray paint later I was left with three beautifully finished candlesticks clad in high gloss white. Très chic!


The entire operation took about 30 minutes, plus two hours for drying. Needless to say, it was well worth the wait. Below are step-by-step instructions on how you can transform old lackluster home items into trendy, glossy new pieces. Photos courtesy of yours truly. Happy crafting!

What you will need…


  • Vintage brass candlesticks (If you want to refinish something that’s wood or metal, my instructions will work for you too! You can apply this DIY to most home accessories)
  • Sandpaper
  • High gloss white spray paint
  • Primer spray
  • Newspaper or drop cloth (It’s going to get messy!)



  1. Pour a little water onto the sandpaper.
  2. Sand the entire surface of the candlesticks (or item you are going to paint). Make sure the surface is very clean before sanding.
  3. Spray all surfaces with one coat of primer. Dry for 30 minutes to one hour.
  4. Finally, spray all surfaces with two coats of high gloss white paint. Dry for one hour. If you think it needs one more coat, repeat this step.

There you have it–high style home decor in just four steps!

Are you going to give this DIY a try? If so, what are you going to paint?

Want to win the candlesticks I made? Leave 1 comment below telling about a recent DIY you did. I’ll announce the winner next week!

XO Lauren

UPDATE: The winner is Jordon Beresford! Congrats!

Jordana said, “Recently i’ve been doing a ton of DIY projects. i created a jewelry hanger/holder out of a vintage picture frame, fabric and twine, an embroidered headboard out of fabric, batting, foam and plywood, as well as a lacquered lamp!”


Inspiring, right? Congrats again Jordan! And thanks to everyone who entered this giveaway!

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