Lookie here friends! I’m back today with another DIY post. That’s two in a row, can you believe it? I deserve a donut. This one is super fun because I’m sharing how to make the easiest DIY farmhouse candlesticks in the world. Yep, I’m just going to put that out there and roll with it. Seriously though, these candlesticks are crazy easy and the coolest part is that I used vintage spindles to create them. You probably know by now that I have a thing for spindles, they’re great filler pieces, but it turns out they also make really awesome candlesticks too. Who knew! Here’s a little preview of what I made:
I seriously love these things. And I think the very best part of all is they only cost a few bucks each since I already had the spindles laying around the house. But even if you don’t have spindles on hand you can easily find them on Craigslist. I did a quick search in our area and several options popped up for super cheap. OK, let me show you how simple these were to put together.
Here are my spindles before. I had previously cut these down so I could use them in vignettes or other random spots, so the sizing on these actually worked pretty well. If you have full size spindles just go ahead and cut them down to whatever height you’d like the candlesticks to be.
Next up was attaching the base. You can find a ton of wooden pieces like this at just about any craft store. Just browse around until you find some you like. I simply screwed this wooden base to the bottom of the spindle. EASY.
Now you’ll do the same thing on the top. I went with circular tops for my candlesticks, I thought they matched the spindle the best, but you can do whatever your heart desires. One quick thing to note–I actually flipped the round piece upside down, then attached it to the spindle. I wanted it to taper up like most candlesticks do and I thought it looked better this way.
See how the smaller part is facing down towards the candlestick? I think that really helped make it look more balanced. Screw it in place and voila!
Final step: PAINT. I used this Rust-Oleum chalk paint in Linen White and I was really impressed. This was my first time using it (I’ve tried the spray paint version, see my post about it here) but I was really happy with this paint. It covers well, dries fast, and has the same look as the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint–only it’s much, much cheaper. I haven’t used this on any big pieces yet, but I’m excited to keep trying it out. So far it seems awesome and you can’t beat the price. I only needed one coat and the candlesticks were done!
Boom! So simple, right? After painting them I went ahead and sanded down the edges in a few random spots just to give them more of a farmhouse vibe. I just can’t help it, I must distress all the things.
I must say, I’m pretty smitten with these little farmhouse candlesticks. I honestly wish I had about 10 more of these so I could have a few in every room of the house. And as far as DIY’s go, you really can’t get much easier than this project. Just a few screws and a bit of painting, that’s all it took to turn these spindles into farmhouse candlesticks. Plus they’re functional and cute as heck, which is a pretty nice combo.
Well that was short and sweet, but I’d love to hear what you think of this little project! And I just want to thank you guys for all the support and kindness you give me on a daily basis. I know I always say this, but I really do appreciate you being here and taking time out of your day to drop by for a visit. It means so much!
Here’s a few of my other easy peasy projects you might want to check out:
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