We’re sharing DIY French Farmhouse Candlesticks today as part of the bimonthly Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop hosted by the always sweet and creative, Cindy of County Road 407.
If you’re coming over from Debra’s blog, Common Ground, welcome, we’re happy to have you here. Didn’t you love all her Valentine’s by candlelight ideas?
If you’ve missed any of the other Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop posts over the years, you can catch up here:
- How to Create Farmhouse Crocks from Paint Cans
- Easy Tips for Styling a Bookcase (one of the most popular posts from this series)
- Simple Ways to Organize the Pantry with Baskets
- Simple Tips for a Fall Cider Bar
- Easy Ways to Decorate with Frames
- DIY Farmhouse Tool Caddy
- Jadeite Inspired Cupcake Stands
- 8 Easy Tips for Styling a Dining Room Hutch
- 11 Architectural Salvage Decorating Ideas
- Simple Chalkboard Decorating Ideas
- A Beginner’s Guide to Chair Upholstery
- How to Clean Vintage Pillowcases
- French Country Script Ornaments
- Sweet Shop-Themed Christmas Tree
When I first saw our topic for this month’s post was related to candles or candlesticks, this idea was not the first one that popped into my mind.
I immediately thought about how I intentionally light a candle before beginning my morning quiet time because it’s so incredibly cozy.
But as I was working to declutter a few things in the garage, I came across a set of post pieces that used to be a part of my childhood bed.
If you’ve seen any of the bedrooms at Journey’s End, it will not surprise you at all that I had a huge four-poster princess bed growing up.
Several years ago, we transitioned the headboard and footboard into a bench for the entry.
And these spindles were some of the leftover pieces.
I’m not usually sentimental about things so I have no idea why I even kept these pieces.
Like any avid DIYer though, I guess somewhere in the back of my mind I thought I would have a chance to repurpose them someday.
And thanks to this month’s topic, that moment has arrived.
Here’s a look at how we created DIY French Farmhouse Candlesticks from old bed posts…
DIY French Farmhouse Candlestick Supplies:
- Wooden Posts (make sure they are from heavy-duty wood)
- Circular Saw (and related safety gear)
- Wood Base
- Wood Screws
- Drill Bit
- Chalk Paint or Spray Paint
- Paintbrush (if using chalk paint)
- Clear and Dark Furniture Paste Wax
- Cloth or Brush to Apply the Wax
DIY French Farmhouse Candlestick Steps:
Gather your supplies.
Make sure your wooden post pieces are clean and free from dirt and debris.
As you can see from the picture above, this section of the post from my childhood bed was much too tall to work in a vignette or on a tablescape.
But they had fabulous potential.
Initially, I spraypainted the bottom layer with Rust-oleum Primer. It’s one of my favorite shades of gray and I wanted to cover up all the yellow.
I allowed the gray paint to dry completely, then spray painted the top layer with Rust-oleum Flat White.
After the white paint was completely dry, we used a circular saw to create two French farmhouse candlestick holders from each post.
As always, use all safety precautions and care when working with power and sharp-edge tools.
Next, we used a drill and a 3/4 inch spade bit to create a hole in the top of each candlestick post. Again, always use caution and care when working with power and sharp-edge tools.
Creating Age and Patina…
Once the hole had been drilled for our DIY French farmhouse candlesticks, I sanded each one with sandpaper to achieve a quick and easy chippy look.
But there was just something about them that seemed…plain.
DIY French Farmhouse Candlesticks in Blush Pink…
So, I decided to start the entire process over again and I painted them Blush Pink.
They were a tiny bit too pink though.
So, I added a mix of clear and dark furniture paste wax to give them a little more age.
And I couldn’t be more excited about the way they came together.
They look like something you could find at a French flea market!
Things to Keep In Mind…
Keep in mind, these candlestick holders are relatively heavy. So, we didn’t add an extra base to the bottom of them.
That said, it’s definitely something you should consider.
After all, you don’t want your candlesticks to fall over and cause a fire.
In fact, when I first lit them, I thought the candlesticks we had were much too tall.
So I cut the candles in half and the scale was much better.
All in all, this project was simple to create and took far less time than I expected save for deciding at the last minute to paint them pink.
It was so quick and easy, I’m almost embarrassed I left the bedposts in the garage so long. They definitely deserve a place to shine!
Up next on the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop, is Lora of Lora Bloomquist. She always comes up with out of the box ideas I adore!
Once you’re finished there be sure to check out what the rest of these fabulous ladies are sharing.Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.