Tea Light Bridge

On our last visit to the thrift shop, we found a wooden tea light bridge.  I liked the shape of it, but brown wood doesn’t go with my home.  What did I do?  Painted it, naturally.  ;-)  This is the Tea Light Bridge now.

Tea Light Bridge Before-After

This is how the Tea Light Bridge looked when we got it.  I think they wanted to make sure the buyer knew the price.  The original tag was on the bottom.  It was from Target.

Tea Light Bridge  Tea Light Bridge  Tea Light Bridge

The first thing that I did was to lightly sand the piece & then prime the entire piece with black acrylic paint.

Tea Light Bridge Primed with Black

Then I gathered the colors of paint that I wanted to use to make the stones.  I used black, white & a medium grey acrylic paint & a small flat paint brush.    Once I’d put the paints on the plate, I mixed them in separate areas.

Tea Light Bridge paint colors          Tea Light Bridge mixing paints

There is no rhyme or reason to how you load the brush.  I just dunk the brush in a section of the paint, and then touch one corner to a lighter shade.  I added a row of ‘stones’ in a brick pattern with the lighter shade towards the top.  The second row was done the same, except the stones were put added in the brick pattern.  Keep adding rows of ‘stones’ until you reach the top, keeping the lighter shade towards the top.

(Sorry about the blurred pictures)

Tea Light Bridge  Tea Light Bridge  Tea Light Bridge

Repeat on the other side, making sure that the lighter shade faces the top.  Keep adding paint as needed by dunking the paint brush into the paint puddles & putting the lighter shade on one corner.

Tea Light Bridge

Tea Light Bridge

Do the same for the underside of the bridge & the sides.  If you have an area the seems a little dull, it’s just paint.  You can repaint the area.

Tea Light Bridge          Tea Light Bridge

Then I added some stones that face the other way to the arch.

Tea Light Bridge

Then I painted the flat pieces with the medium grey to separate the stone areas.

Tea Light Bridge

Once the entire piece was dry, I added the tea lights to the Tea Light Bridge.

Tea Light Bridge with candles

I think this is going to make an interesting centerpiece… especially once it’s lit.

Happy Creating everyone!

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