Today I’m really excited to share my new thrifty pillar candle holders with you! I found these guys for $6.99 at our local Value Village. They are actually solid wood, and are hand carved… So my dream-style!
So they started out looking a little purple in color when I first found them… Not one hundred percent perfect for me, but I’m sure they were perfect for somebody else at one point in time!
I knew for sure, that I was going to Chalk Paint them, but I wasn’t quite sure on how I was going to finish them… Leave them as is? Distress them? Dark wax them? So many options!
The first thing that I did was apply two coats of chalk paint.
Here is what they looked like after the two coats. Not bad at all, right? Just maybe a twee bit boring?!
Therefore, I decided that I would distress these lovely pieces to give them a little more character!
I rounded up some old pieces of Sandpaper to work with, and actually ended up using just the middle piece of sandpaper in the above photo. It had a medium grit, and worked pretty well, so I didn’t even bother to try the others. (Total Goldilocks Effect!)
I started out by taking the sandpaper and lightly rubbing it around any of the more blunt edges, and then worked my way around the entire pillars, making sure to keep my sandpaper always moving in the same direction.
Here is a comparison! The one on the left is obviously distressed, while the one on the right totally isn’t!
What do you think?!
The final step that I took in finishing up these pillar candle holders was to apply a coat of soft wax. I just used a soft rag to gently rub the wax onto the pillars.
Here is how these thrifty DIY Pillar Candle Holders turned out…
I love them! They are all chippy and totally farmhousey!
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So beautiful and so easy!! And you got them for such a great price. You probably can’t get something with this kind of style for under $20 at a home decor store, and you got a fun project an a blog post out of it 🙂
Amazing!! Looks so vintage
These turned out great. good job!