January 6, 2014

Thrift Store Transformation...DIY Distressed Candlesticks

Happy Monday!  I hope you've enjoyed your first weekend of 2014.  I've been working on this project for a few weeks now and am so excited to finally be able to share it with you.  While the project itself doesn't take long to make, collecting enough of the glass bud vases took a little time.  Don't these candlesticks look gorgeous, though?

Do you ever wander through your local thrift store actually looking for a project?  Normally I pick up random pieces with no plan and then my purchases sit boxed up in the basement.  With my 2014 goal of getting things cleaned up, I've realized that I need to have a little more direction when I'm shopping.

So as I browsed through my local Goodwill, I was scouting out pieces any of you should be able to find that could be repurposed into something else.  One thing in large supply at any thrift store I've been to is glass vases in all different shapes, colors, and sizes.  They are normally super cheap at around $1 a piece.....You just have to make sure that the top of the vase is narrow enough to hold a taper candle for this project.

Let me show you how to recreate these great candlesticks that I made from glass bud vases!

You'll need:
Clear cut-glass bud vases
Chalk paint
Nail file or fine grit sandpaper

Begin by painting the outside of your vases with chalk paint.  I prefer to make my own chalk paint using this recipe.  The great thing about chalk paint is that it sticks to just about any surface, including glass.  The chalk paint also leaves a nice texture to the glass.  I chose to paint the vases first with Khaki Tan (from Americana) and then a creamy white.  You'll need to paint three coats of each color on your vases, letting each coat dry before adding another.  This is another reason why the project took so long!

When the candlesticks are completely dry, take a nail file or fine grit sandpaper and go over the raised portions of the vase.  This will chip away some of the paint leaving a nice distressed finish.  In some places the paint with chip away clear down to the glass, but in others it will leave the tan color showing through making a great two toned effect.   It creates just the right amount of imperfection to make the candlesticks perfect!

Add some taper candles and you're done!

This is such a great repurposing project because the vases are so easy to find and the candlesticks can be totally customized.  You can paint them whatever color you want.  If you aren't into the distressed finished they can be left plain.  You could even turn a larger vase into a pillar candleholder if that is what you desire.

I hope this tutorial inspired you to turn some of your old vases into candlesticks.  Have fun!

On Friday, I'll be sharing some great tips on how to decorate with a collection of candlesticks....be sure to check back!

These candlesticks are for sale in my Etsy shop.

If you enjoyed this repurposing project, you might also enjoy the metal medicine cabinet that I turned into a message center!

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