I love the look of really tall, elegant candlesticks. I think they just add a lot to the feel of your decor. I DONT, however, love the prices on those things!
I figured there had to be a cheaper way to make your own, so here's what I came up with!
First, I found a wooden baluster at my local home improvement store. I think this particular one I bought was about $5. I now wish in hindsight that I had taken pictures during the process of this project but since it was mostly an experiment I didn't bother. It's fairly simple to do, though, so I think you will get the general idea!
I enlisted the help of my husband to chop the baluster in half using his miter saw. He also shortened one a bit so it gave a little variation to the two candlesticks.
Then, I painted them! I picked up a small container of sample paint from the home improvement store as well. Its a light greenish-blue and its just gorgeous. I put this color on first and let it dry completely.
After the paint was dry, I applied a layer of Valspar crackle glaze. I let the glaze dry for about an hour before applying the second coat of paint.
For the second coat of paint, I used Canvas Corp's Crystal DIY paint. It's a beautiful white. Applying it over the glaze, I could see the cracks begin to form almost immediately, showing some of the blue underneath. The effect is just gorgeous!
I let the candlesticks dry completely. Then, for the tops and bottoms of the candlesticks, I found these wooden squares at my local Hobby Lobby. I applied the same blue that I used on the candlesticks but I didnt bother to crackle them. I thought it looked nice to have a bit more of that gorgeous blue showing.
When the tops and bottoms were dry, I just adhered them on using a small amount of wood glue. I just applied the glue, added the wood squares, and then placed a can of soup on the top of each candlestick to give it some weight while it dried.
Voila! Thats it! I have these candlesticks on my table right now with some battery candles on top. They really add the "wow factor" to my table. I feel like I could also embellish them in the future with some burlap or cute charms or something. Maybe change out the look for the seasons.
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