Do you ever have an idea that just comes out of no where and you ask yourself,
“How have I never thought of this before?!”
That happened to me the other day when I was browsing though a thrift store. I was half paying attention to the items in front of me, half keeping one kid happy and occupied in the shopping cart, while partially making sure that they don’t break anything and half keeping an eye on the other kid, who was insisting we go back to the toy aisle.
I know that’s to many halves, but that is how motherhood goes.
You know what I am talking about.
While half paying attention to what I was looking at, my eyes locked on an item and I was struck with an idea.
A way to DIY your own farmhouse candlesticks.
I feel like wood candlesticks are part of the base of farmhouse decor.
Here are a few pictures featuring farmhouse candlesticks from some of my favorite Bloggers:
So what do you need to make your own farmhouse style candlesticks?
A set of wooden Salt and Pepper Mills!
What you need for your DIY Farmhouse Candlesticks:
- 1 set of thrifted wood Salt and Pepper Mills
- Liquid Nails Adhesive
- Wooden Round Plaque, 5-Inch or round wood coaster
- Sanding Block, or you can use an electric sander, This one is my favorite.
- Deco Art Americana Chalk Paint in Everlasting
- Stain (optional)
For this set of Farmhouse Candlesticks I used a wooden coaster that I found at the thrift store. If you can’t find one just use two of the round plaques. The first thing you are going to do is remove the hardware. I used a small screwdriver on the bottom of the pepper grinder and then pulled the hardware out the top of it. My salt shaker had a metal grid on the top of it for the salt to come out. I used a pair of wire cutters to cut a hole in it and then used a pair of pliers to pull it off.
Next I sanded them down with my palm sander. For these candle sticks I left some of the dark stain, and in some areas I sanded it down to the raw wood. After that I used my liquid nails adhesive and glued the top of the pepper mill on. While that dried I sanded my coaster down to make it not so shiny and added some stain to my plaque.
Now to add the top and bottom of your farmhouse candlesticks. Add some liquid nail adhesive to the top and bottom of the wooden mills and center the wooden plaque on the bottom and the coaster on top. If you are using two plaques, center the second one on the top.
I did not have the right grit sandpaper to sand down the tops of them all the way, like I would of wanted, so I filled in the space with some liquid nail adhesive and smoothed it our with my finger. Be sure to wash your hands after your done. You do not want this stuff stuck on your skin, or worse getting yourself stuck on something.
You are going to want to let your candlesticks sit overnight to make sure that they dry properly. Things can shift easily if you try to move them. Check to make sure that everything is centered before you let them sit overnight.
After the adhesive dried I dry brushed on the chalk paint. Brushing on, wiping off until I achieved the look that I wanted.
Now you have your own set of farmhouse candlesticks to decorate with!
There are so many possibilities that can made with these farmhouse candle sticks.
Paint them all one solid color.
Do a dark base with a light overcoat.
Spray paint them.
Add more layers, anything that you can think of!
One of the best things about them besides the awesome farmhouse feel is that these only set me back a total of $5 for the both of them! That my friends is how you can create a beautiful home on a budget! I have already found another set of salt and pepper mills to turn into another set of candlesticks! I am going to switch it up a little one the next ones! I will share them with you once I get them done!
Have fun thrifting for supplies to make your own Farmhouse Candlesticks!
I will be linking up HERE