Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Candlesticks for my fireplace for free...yes please.

Sometimes you need a little inspiration...say from Pottery Barn magazines or Pinterest. Other times you surprise yourself and come up with something completely on your own and...well surprise yourself. I have admired large candlesticks for quite sometime and knew they would look amazing in front of our fireplace but they can be rather pricey and it wasn't something that I was willing to splurge on. I had searched Pinterest looking for some ideas but really didn't find anything I loved so I filed that thought away temporarily.

While working on my daughters' bedroom I was in the garage and saw the bed (a yard sale find and on it's last leg) that she no longer wanted. It  was headed for the dump and I sat staring at it wondering how I could salvage any piece or part of it...crickets...and then it came to me. I quickly (for fear of getting side tracked and losing sight of my most spectacular idea ever) started working to unscrew the posts...they unscrewed easily and I knew I had my candlesticks I had been drooling over.


I took three of the posts and cut them down (by my own self) to different lengths with my Steven's miter saw. I painted the posts and attached them to some wooden bases I had purchased at Hobby Lobby this summer. Right when things were starting to come together I had no idea what I was going to use for the top to set the candles was a dilemma. I went on a search through my house and seriously found nothing...until I spotted our old pickle/lightning bug jar lids...hmmm...I was skeptical myself but with a little spray paint and stain they looked like they belonged. I screwed them to the tops of the post and perfection...I have my free, one of a kind candlesticks that look perfect in front of my fireplace.

I wanted to share my Marion sign that I made as well. It was a trial run and my inspiration was a sign that hangs at a beautiful landmark in our town,  the old train station. I love everything about that building and the sign. I imagine what it would have been like to have been on a train traveling and rolling into our beautiful train station and quaint little town...anyway...I had an old piece of wood in the burn barrel that was the perfect size so I painted, trimmed, distressed and voila my very own train station sign. It is far from perfect and I actually love it so much I want to try again with a better quality wood but for now I am content with how it looks over our chalkboard wall...I love it and the daydreaming of the "old days" that it provokes. : )

Have you saved anything from the trash lately and transformed it into something beautiful?


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  1. I love how you think girl! Those bed/candlesticks are a project I would love. We took an old bed and made a table out of it. You can check it out on my blog at

  2. Forgot to say, I'm your newest follower!

  3. New follower also! I love your decorating and DIY projects. They give me ideas for my own house!

  4. Thank you Teresa, I am glad to have you. I love your blog and am a new follower. I love the farmhouse table and I have the same chairs as you and can't wait to see them once you put a cover on them. Thanks for subscribing. xoxo

  5. Thank you Maria and welcome. I checked out your blog and I love it! Lots of inspiration and a few tears shed from this girl. I plan on following your weight loss was just what I needed to read to get motiviated. For the record.... you.are.beautiful! Good luck! xoxo

  6. Such a cute project! I live in the south as well and blog about it! I will be following you and hope you will follow me as well! Who knows maybe we are closer than we realize and we can meet up some day! ~Stacey @

  7. Beautiful job! The best part is they were free and made with your own 2 hands.

    I'm your newest follower, found you at Beneath My Heart link party. Would love for you to follow me back.

    Super excited to see your blog grow! You are very talented.

    Kelly from

  8. Thanks for sharing such a nice post on candle sticks. From Gabrieli Rubin Tallit Store, you can buy menorah candles for your family and your friends on the occasion of Jewish Festivals.

    1. Thank you so much David! I am going to check out your store! Have a great day!!