This is my thrift store candlestick makeover tutorial. I think that this post will help explain how you can see something you want in a store, and find something with a similar shape and paint it so that it looks like the items you want for a tiny fraction of the price.
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First, I am going to confess something that is embarrassing. This actually proves just how cheap I really am. Here goes, when I first started blogging and I heard everyone talking about IKEA makeovers, I thought they were taking a piece of junk and transforming it into a piece that looks like it came from IKEA. In reality, it means you take a piece of furniture from IKEA and transform it into a piece of furniture that looks totally different. When bloggers or decorators do this, they end up with a beautiful and unique piece of furniture.
In my defense, I only visit IKEA when I travel because I do not have a store in my state. When I find a piece of furniture that I want, and I want to make it myself, I have to start with a very cheap piece of furniture, not a brand new piece that cost me over $100.
I did travel to IKEA recently, and I saw some wooden candlesticks that were the shape I wanted for my project, but I forgot to go back to the front of the store to get them. It wasn’t because I am too cheap for an IKEA candlestick. I am too cheap for an IKEA dresser but not a candlestick.
I was out thrift shopping last week, and I saw two candlesticks that were the shape of the ones in the store. They were about $1 each. They were hideous, but that does not matter because I am going to paint them. Also, it doesn’t matter if they are not wood like the ones in the store because after you chalk paint the candlesticks, they will look like wood.
I had purchased some beautiful and old earrings and pendants earlier because I am always wanting to put bling on things to dress it up. It’s called Champagne taste on a thrift store budget!
I painted the candlesticks with two coats of Waverly Chalk Paint and the color was called Pool. I found the paint at Walmart.
I distressed the candlesticks with a 220 sanding block. They looked similar to the ones in the store but I decided to put some bling on the candlesticks.
I used hot glue to attach the jewelry to the candlesticks. I tried to only distress the part of the candlestick that had black underneath the chalk paint but when I hit the places that had red underneath the chalk paint, I thought that it looked great with a little red showing through. If you can not find a pair of candlesticks for this project, I found a pair on Amazon that would work for you. Wooden Candlesticks
I think they turned out beautiful! This thrift store candlestick makeover was super easy, super cheap, and I have a pair of candlesticks that you will not find anywhere else.