It’s been a while guys! Between the baby and I being sick and then Thanksgiving, I feel like I’ve been gone way too long. I’m back now though and excited to share the easiest diy farmhouse candlesticks ever! And no, that’s not an exaggeration, they really are the easiest diy farmhouse candlesticks ever; and cheapest. Trust me, you’ll see!
I’ve always had a small obsession with candlesticks, especially pillar candlesticks, they are just so chunky and farmhouse – y and I can’t get enough of them. However, they are usually expensive, and I can never get as many as I want without spending way too much money.
So as a solution to this problem I went searching for a way to make them myself. I figured between the hardware store and the craft store, there had to be something I could find to make my own.
And it turns out, there was!
Supplies Needed For Your Diy Farmhouse Candlesticks::
- Three variously sized spindles or table legs from any hardware store (I got mine here at HomeDepot)
- Three pieces of square craft wood and three pieces of circle craft wood (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
- 220 grit sandpaper
- Minwax Clear Wax
Step 1- Remove screws from spindles/table legs
The spindles come with screws on the tops with a tag attached as you can see in the picture above. I just took some pliers and pulled them out. They come out fairly easy so don’t worry.
Step 2- Mark your top and bottom pieces
Your top piece will be the circle piece of wood and your bottom base will be the square piece of wood. The top circle piece will be placed with the largest flat surface facing upward and the bottom piece will be placed with the largest flat surface facing down.
Before you attach the top and bottom pieces to your spindles you want to make sure they will be centered properly. Otherwise you may end up putting it too far to one side and it’ll look like a hot mess.
Place your spindle on top of the square piece of wood and center it. Once it’s centered take a pencil and mark the edges; this way you know exactly where to place it once you add your epoxy later. Do the same thing with the top circle piece of wood and repeat both steps until all your pieces are marked.
Step 3- Securing them with Epoxy
This part is super easy, just follow the instructions on the back of the product and you can’t mess it up. I placed some books on the tops of my candlesticks while waiting for the epoxy to dry, but you can use anything that has some weight to it.
It only takes about 5 minutes for it to set, although I did let mine set for a little longer just to be sure they were stuck on good and tight before I started painting.
Step 4- Painting
Time for the fun part- Painting! I used some white chalk paint I had on hand from Rustoleum, but you can use any brand of chalk paint you’d like.
I would stick to chalk paint if you’re wanting to distress them. Regular latex paint won’t distress the way chalk paint or even milk paint will.
I did almost two full coats and then let them dry for about an hour.
Step 5- Distressing
Now that the paint is dry, you can grab your sand paper and start distressing them.
How much or how little you distress all comes down to preference and taste. Take your sandpaper and lightly run it over the edges and other areas where it would naturally distress overtime.
The more pressure you apply the more the paint will be removed. I recommend starting off light and then gradually going back over it to avoid taking too much off at once. You can always take more off, but you can’t put it back on. At least not without repainting the whole thing.
Step 6- Sealing it with wax
I sealed mine with some Minwax Furniture wax. However, given that these are décor pieces and likely won’t be handled a lot, this part is optional. I just went ahead and put a thin layer of wax over mine to get rid of the chalky feeling and have them feel a little smoother.
Once you do that you are officially done and ready to style them! I told you it was easy! Were these the easiest diy farmhouse candlesticks ever or what?
Honestly guys, I think I’m addicted to making these. They go great with my Christmas décor and even better with my everyday farmhouse décor.
I hope you guys enjoyed today’s project as much as I did! You can’t beat a project that is both easy AND cheap and also looks store worthy. It’s what dreams are made of!
Thanks for stopping by !