These candlesticks came from Goodwill (gasp! Shocker… I know). I think they were $3 for the set.
(Please try really hard to ignore my laundry in the background! I’ve got to be more aware of things like that before I start taking pictures. Oops.)
I really liked the shape of them and I liked the price even more! However, I did not like that they were the same height.
*Having the same height candlesticks (or any accessory) is not visually pleasing to the eye, so I decided to cut a section out of one of the candlesticks.*
If I were at my real house I would have used my miter saw and been done in less than 10 seconds, but since I’m not at my “real house” and I’m too impatient to wait until July to update these candle sticks, I decided to buy a hand saw. It took about 250x longer, but it got the job done and I’m happy with the result.
I reattached the top with a nail and Gorilla Glue, used painters tape to hold it tightly together, and let it sit over night to dry. I also put a dab of wood putty in the nail hole in the top to cover the hole.
I glued this project together with Gorilla Glue.
The next morning I lightly sanded the candle sticks, primed them with white spray paint primer, and then I spray painted them flat white.
Here’s the before and after side by side:
Cutting that chunk out and painting them white made such a huge difference!!!
(Oh, and I’ve got a serious surprise in store for that extra chunk I cut out. Did you really think I’d throw it away?! Check back next week to see what I did with it.)
So this is really a two-part post because what good are candle sticks without candles? I know right?!
I went to Michael’s and bought the cheapest candles they had that were a height I liked in a color I could tolerate. I think they are Sugar Cookie scented.
Um, hmmm. These are just… boring.
Maybe some jute leftover from my mat decor ball would be cute.
No, I’m just not feelin’ this look. FAIL.
How about a raffia bow?
Oh God NO! Get it off! Get it off!!! Waaaaay too Kountry Kitchen for my taste. FAIL.
Maybe no bow at all?
This is *almost* as boring as the candles with nothing at all… FAIL.
Just a knot?
It’s gettin’ there. I’m liking the knot but the ends are way to friggin’ long, dontchathink?
Okay, now we’re getting somewhere. I’m liking this Much.Better. You likey?
I can definitely live with this look… But the plastic around the candles has got to go!
You don’t have to untie and ruin your cute new knots. Just slip them off, remove the plastic from the candles, and slip the knots right back on. I left the plastic on until now so the candle wax didn’t get nicked or chipped while I was messing with them.
These things are lookin’ hawt!!
Now, where to put them… Ah! I have just the spot…
Love it. Love it. Love it. Now if only I had a mantle to put them on… It’s okay, I’m kinda liking this hearth look…
This project wasn’t as easy as some of my others, but it is still doable. The hardest part is just being able to see an objects potential.
And the saw. The saw was kinda hard too. But! You can do it. And if you totally ruin them? Oh well, they were only like three bucks anyway, right?