I've had this set of candle sticks for several years. I think I bought them at JoAnne Fabrics, but I can't be sure. I was getting tired of the dark color, so I decided to add a bit of cream paint and see if I liked it. And. . . I liked it!
The candle holder on the left is the original color and the one on the right is the new and improved specimen. I simply used a small craft foam brush, dipped into acrylic craft paint, and brush onto each pinecone petal. (are they called petals?)
I like that I don't have to paint anything perfectly because "rustic and informal" fits in my home perfectly.
I used the candle holders on a tray with some berries and artificial fruit for my autumn decor. I also made new table runners out of a fabric remnant. It is black and white with birds and ferns.
Here's the same arrangement with Christmas greenery and berries added. I also added the little wren. I always try to make small and movable arrangements because this is my only table and we eat dinner at it every night.
If I decide that I don't like the color later (because I'm fickle like that) I can always whip out my brush and dab on another color.