Thrifty Treasure Transformation – colorful candlesticks

I shared this over at the DIY Club a few weeks ago but wanted to share here too. When I saw this Martha Stewart image…I loved the coordinating colorful candles and candlesticks.

colorful candlesticks

So, I started collecting wooden candlesticks from thrift stores and yard sales…

 wooden candlesticks

I wanted a fun colorful accent to go with our family room plans:family room design

What I used:

  • Wooden candle sticks
  • Candles (color matching my Patio Paints)
  • Deco Art Patio Paint (dark eucalyptus green, waterfall, fuchsia, buttercup)
  • Deco Art Patio Paint reusable Home & Garden stick on stencils
  • dark glaze (TransTint Dye by Rockler)

How I did it:

1. I gave my wooden candlesticks a few coats of Patio Paint each. Because I didn’t sand the wood, I used a dry brush technique. I preferred an antiqued look. I let the candlesticks dry between coats.

2. I brushed on and wiped off my glaze (TransTint dye) to give it an old finish.

3. The Deco Art stencil was sticky (and reusable) making stenciling super easy:



painted candlesticks

{fabric is waverly santa maria desert flower – I’ll be using it for my drapes}

Love them – fun colorful accent to add to our family room…if I can ever get back to working on the makeover!

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New year, old to new accents ~ Larissa Hill

One of the things I love to do is take something old and give it a fresh new look. Take a look around your room…see something you can paint and freshen up with a little DIY ingenuity? Here’s an idea from Heather at 

Start by finding inspiration like Heather did from Blessings Unlimited‘s online catalog. She saw these:

(almost $90 for a set of three!)

She had these:

and after a little DIY and creativity, she has these:

I’m not seeing much difference between the $90 set and Heather’s DIY set – just a beautiful transformation and lovely candlesticks! See what she used and how she did it at Larissa Hill Candlestick Makeover.

DIY Holiday Highlights and True Value Pipe Fitting Candle Holders

Who knew that True Value Hardware sold decorative decor?  Well, mine actually does sell holiday decorations (and TRAINS!), but this is just about the most simple DIY project ever. Just something I picked up while shopping for another DIY project.  It’s got a little industrial character. Just a little creative repurposing that even the most DIY-challenged person (like one who’s brain is already into next week’s vacation)…

Thick emergency candles
Pipe fittings

(you could even spray paint the pipe fittings but I love mine the way they are)

Instant Industrial Candle Sticks…
Restoration Hardware price would be ridiculous.  True Value Hardware price is less than $10 for a set of 3.
Not just for Christmas…I love unique objects turned decorating and when was the last time men in your family noticed or commented on your decor? I think this one will get an admirer or two. What do you think?

It’s December – I know you’ve been decorating and working on festive DIY, right?  Let’s see!

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I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
Learn some fun things you didn’t know about me. I’ve answered 10 random questions over at Making a House a Home where I’m hanging out with my awesome DIY friends, Lana & Joey today!

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12 Colors
12 Days of Holiday DIY
Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential
Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking
Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans
Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry
Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper
Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun
Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off
Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter
Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri
Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main
Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage
Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

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