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Staircase Spindle Candlesticks

Please forgive me.  I forgot…AGAIN…to take pictures of the finished reupholstered wingback chair.  I’m going to stop making promises, because frankly, being as tired as I am while I’m making the final push to finish up John & Alice’s family room and kitchen, I just can’t make any guarantees.  I was at my mom’s house all day yesterday working on the second wingback chair.  We did finish it, though…at 10:00pm!!

So the most that I can guarantee is that I’ll TRY to remember.  (I really need an assistant!!)

Anyway, in the absence of chair pictures, I thought I’d share a super easy project with you—these DIY candlesticks.  All three cost me about $6…

candlesticks 1

A while back, I purchase these staircase spindles from a thrift store.  I think I paid about $2 for each of them.

candlesticks 2

Using my handy miter saw, I cut off the excess bottom portions.

candlesticks 3

I also cut them to varying heights.

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Then I used some scrap 1” x 3” MDF boards that I had on hand, and cut out nine squares.

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Six of the squares were the same size, while I cut three of them a bit smaller.

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Then I glued and nailed two of them to the bottom of each spindle (one big one and one small one), and then glued and nailed a big one to the top of each spindle.

candlestick 6a

After that, I did a little sanding, priming, painting, and then sanding again to distress the finish.  The result was three pretty little candlesticks that cost about $6.

candlesticks 1

Not to shabby for six dollars, right?  And I think they make a beautiful addition to John & Alice’s fireplace mantel.

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The mantel still needs a little somethin’, but it’s getting there!

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I love how this is turning out, and I especially love that it’s a collection of DIY projects…including the mantel!!  If you missed any of these projects, you can see them here:  mantel, painting, and wood shim mirror.

So have you ever made anything out of spindles?  I have now made these candlesticks, and the fancy chalkboard that I shared with you yesterday.  They’re so pretty and come in such a variety of shapes and sizes.  I feel like there are probably a thousand project that can be made with them!  If you have any brilliant ideas, or have a project that you’ve already made with them, please share!

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18 Comments

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    Vivienne @ The V Spot
    June 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Love this! Stumbling the post cuz it's so fab! 🙂

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    mc3073
    June 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Mmmmm, it IS turning out beautiful, Kristi!  I would love to hear what A & J say when you are all done–I'm guessing they are swooning right now!
    Sindy 🙂

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    Olivia Juenke
    June 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I just can't get over your painting… I absolutely love it!  Would you ever consider commissioning art work just like that but bigger and lighter?

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    June 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you, Olivia!  Wow, I'm not sure if I feel confident enough to actually paint something for someone.  I could possibly give it a try, though!

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    elaine happer
    June 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Thease are great! Thanks for the idea.

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    [email protected] in the South
    June 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Great idea.I love the candlesticks:)

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    Kim Perdew
    June 30, 2011 at 1:44 am

    You seriously have the cooooooolllllest power tools… Love the candlesticks.

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    cozycondoliving
    June 30, 2011 at 2:51 am

    I love how your painting looks on the mantle.  The starfish is a nice touch. 

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    Stackable chair
    June 30, 2011 at 7:50 am

    A nice, simple and unique idea! I don't think I have ever seen this done before, its very effective! I look forward to seeing more of these!

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    Mravenez
    July 1, 2011 at 1:58 am

    One of my favorite DIY projects was to purchse two unfinished plaster columns from AC Moore. I sealed, primed and then faux woodgrained them. Now they look like fancy mahogany plant stands and all it cost me was 20 dollars.

    Maude
    http://www.bowsbymaude.com

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    Haniela
    July 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Nicely done, I love it!
    I came from Tidy Mom
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Lucy Faoutas
    July 3, 2011 at 4:46 am

    FABULOUS! I just found you over at Funky Junk because I was posting my dragonflies made from spindles/table legs, and spotted your project and had to check it out, love them! … http://www.lucydesignsonline.com/2011/07/more-table-leg-dragonflies.html

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    [email protected]
    July 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Love this upcycling project! Newest follower from Naps on Porch linky party. Would love a visit and follow… I'll be back for sure! laura

    http://imnotatrophywife.com

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    [email protected] all things beautiful
    July 6, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Wow…they turned out awesome! Its amazing what great things you can find at thrift store…all you need is an imagination. 

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    Dana
    July 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Found you through DIY Showoff..what a great idea!

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    Megan Keisling
    July 19, 2011 at 1:15 am

    This is such a great idea! I would love to feature it on my blog if that's ok 🙂

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