- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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The months seem to be flying by and it is that time for our Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. This is a monthly get together where we take a thrift store find and update to beauty and usefulness. There is no budget and we are only limited by our imagination. Last month I updated an old jewelry box. This month I decided to update a candle holder a quick and easy way.
Although I didn’t buy it, my friend KT who was cleaning out her stash did get it from a thrift store so I think that counts. Don’t you? I really didn’t want it but she insisted. At the time I thought what I’m I going to do to update this? I stuffed it in the candle holder pile. Then it dawned on me what I could do with it. And it was so quick and easy and in my humble opinion stylish.
The first step is to clean the metal candle holder thoroughly. I keep a spray bottle of white cleaning vinegar and water ready to go. And even though it wasn’t dirty it can get saw dusty in my garage.
After it dried, I used the bronze spray paint to freshen it up. The existing finish is similar but I saw no reason to change it. It just needed to be perked up.
I found a board in my stash. It was the right proportion. The only thing I needed to do was to sand it and decide on a finish. As I sprayed it at all angles, letting it dry in between, I prepared the board. I decided to keep mostly natural. I waxed it with clear wax and then went back over it with white wax. It is a very subtle look but contrasts nicely with the bronze color.
Putting It Together
I found a pretty knob in my stash. It is how the candle holder is attached to the board. I decided where I wanted the candle holder and drilled a hole. Then just screw it on. Since the screw part stuck out more than I liked I used my hack saw to cut off the excess. Then I stuck on a floor protector on the bottom of the board so it wouldn’t be up against the wall.
Hanging It Up
To hang it up I decided to drill 2 holes at the top. Then I cut a length of rope and threaded it through. The ends were knotted. Dab a bit of glue to make sure the knots don’t loosen as it is hanging. I used wood glue because I happen to have it handy. One thing I did after I completed the post; I added an old screw to secure the bottom of the candle holder so I wouldn’t have to keep adjusting it. Lucky for me the screw blended but it can always be spray painted.
I really like how this came out. Especially since I had no earthly idea at the beginning what I was going to do with it. I just love when an idea works out and I can update a candle holder a quick and easy way. Now I hope you check out what the rest of my blogger friends have created for this month’s Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. They are a talented bunch.
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