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Hello sweet friends! I recently went to South Carolina for a workshop and to meet one of my favorite YouTubers, Debi’s Design Diary. On the days leading up to the trip I told my husband that I wanted to stop by every single second hand, thrift or antique store along the way.
I love thrifting but I will be honest, by the end of last year I was so burned out. And I needed to go and take a fun break and just look at pretty things instead of make pretty things for a change. Of course, I could not help myself and I ended up buying things to DIY anyways. I share more about the trip here.
In one of the shops, I found these cute mini cloches at only 50 cents each so naturally I picked them up. I didn’t have a plan for them right away, but I knew I wanted to incorporate them into some candle holders of some type.
Oh and did I mention, I have a huge announcement in this post? Keep reading to see what it is!
After we came back from our trip I came across a FB Marketplace listing for a couple of banisters a lady was selling for $10 for the pair. I quickly went by and picked them up.
Aren’t they amazing?!
He also cut the bolts off at the bottom of each.
I recently purchased this box of wooden rings for another project and decided to use two of them for the tops of the candleholders. This gave it a more finished look (instead of it looking like it had been cut off).
I used some wood glue to adhere them.
And I placed something heavy to hold them down while they dried.
Since sage is the color of the year, I thought I would go with DIY Paint’s Gypsy Green and on that note…..
I will actually be selling these paints very shortly!
I met Debi last month and she is a fan of my Youtube channel (as much as I am of hers) and she brought up the idea of me selling her paints. After so much deliberation (cause I overthink) and a couple of conversations, I thought I would take the leap of faith. I mean, I talk about her clear wax all the time anyway. LOL!
So right now I am setting up everything behind the scenes so I can get started and sell them in my online shop.
Her paint is highly pigmented and is made of only 9 all natural ingredients. Because it is clay based it has amazing coverage and dries with a chalky feel.
It’s great for both small and large projects. And I will even be carrying sample size paints as well for smaller projects like this!
I love the look and feel of it and I cannot wait to show you more from her line.
Now back to the candlesticks… I could have left them with one coat, but I went ahead and did a second since the banister was stained such a dark color to begin with.
After they dried I used some of her clear wax (it’s my favorite!) It deepens the color and seals the surface so smoothly.
While it was still tacky I sprinkled some of DIY Paint’s white Decrepit Dust and worked it into the paint strokes and all of the nooks and crannies with my brush.
I also incorporated some of the DIY Paint’s white wax to bring out the creases even more.
Then I wiped off the excess with clean cloth that was just a little damp. As you can see I also distressed some of the edges a bit. You can see the different after I removed the excess on the bottom part of the candlestick.
Next I took some E6000 and applied it to the top rings so that I could adhere the mini glass cloches.
I even used a small level to make sure they stuck on straight.
And that was it! I think this is probably one of my best DIYs yet!
It’s like the mini cloches were meant for these banister legs! Such a perfect fit. Can you tell these were DIY candlesticks from old banisters?
I think the distressing is just the perfect amount and the white wax gives it an aged look. And I even put felt underneath them to protect my furniture surfaces.
What’s even more exciting is that I was able to make these book ends from one of the banister tops as well! And I still have more banister pieces left to make more projects!
If you are interested in how I made these, you can watch how I made these here.
Let me know what you think of these and feel free to share this with your crafty friends! Let me know what you think below.
DIY Candlesticks From Old Banisters
I will see you soon with another DIY!
Until then… adios!