First my 'before and after' transformation. I had purchased these stocking holders for the mantle at an after Christmas sale. I am not one that favors shiny brass but thought I could deal with it during the holidays. I then needed a new kitchen light fixture and found one with a shape I sort of liked that cost me all of $5.00. Unfortunately it was shiny brass too so I was on a quest for a way to transform it. I tried sanding it but couldn't manage to breach the finish. With nothing really to lose, I bought a can of Rust-oleum Universal Formula Metallic Paint & Primer in One. I experimented on the stocking holder first and was pretty pleased with the results. This color is Flat Chestnut but as you can see has a slight sheen. I used it on the light fixture with good results. As soon as I get it wired I will share photos.
My mind is full of ideas. I keep looking around at all the items I could transform!
This is the same block I shared recently. It looked too 'boxy' to me so I added a couple of rows of buttonhole stitching (facing each other) within the red block, adding French knots along one row. Now I'm done again.