Fake These Gorgeous Pottery Barn Candlesticks

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$25
1 Day
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Love Pottery Barn holiday decor but don't love the price? Grab some table legs & terra cotta saucers for this genius trick! Check out the video for more how-to's!

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First stop - home depot - I purchased 3 different wooden legs at different heights. Then I purchased 6 terra cotta pot saucers for the top and bottom of each. For the longer table legs I purchased two larger saucers for the bottom for extra stability.


Step 1: Remove screws.


To begin, twist off the screws using a pair of pliers. This will leave your legs with a flat surface.


Step 2: Attach & let dry.

Next, attach the saucers using E6000 glue and let them dry overnight.

Step 3: distress.

After your candle sticks are dry, grab a bar of soap and begin rubbing it into the grooves of each leg.

Step 4: paint & let dry.

Next, grab some chalk paint, paint them & let them dry.


Step 5: Sand.

After that, sand the soap off of each leg.

These candle sticks are such a stunning accent to any room, and no one will believe you made them yourself!


Just add a bow and some greenery to dress them up for Christmas!

These are also great after the holidays too - mix and match your candles & decor -- the possibilities are endless!


I hope this inspires you to fake your own high end look today!


Happy Holidays, I'll see you in my next video!

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21 questions
  • JETHRO PAUL RAYMER
    on Dec 7, 2018

    CAN YOU PLEASE SING ME UP FOR YOUR NEWSLETTERS MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS jethropaulraymergreen7373@gmaill.com

  • Unique Creations By Anita
    on Dec 7, 2018

    They look great, well done. Just have a question about the soap. Why do you use it if you are using sandpaper to distress. What does the soap do?

    • Glenda Sapp Luckie
      on Dec 7, 2018

      I was wondering the same thing. Almost seems like you could just wipe off the paint in those areas...??

    • Bruce Leib
      on Dec 7, 2018

      because that's how to do it

    • Jawene
      on Dec 7, 2018

      The soap is not necessary. I made a set & the best way to distress in small areas is a cheap paper nail file!

    • Suzie
      on Dec 7, 2018

      The soap will go into some of the grooves that sanding afterwards wouldn't get into as well. The soap stops the paint adhering so you can get the distressed look in the grooves as well as on the ridges of the piece.

    • Em
      on Dec 8, 2018

      I never saw so much brouhaha over a bar of soap before. First, Abbie why did you not explain why you used the soap in the post? Everyone is confused and guessing. Let the readers know why you just didn't sand the edges to age the wood

  • Debbo
    on Dec 7, 2018

    What was the soap used for? And why not just paint them first, I guess I'm not sure about the soap thing.whats it used in project for.

    • Jewellmartin
      on Dec 8, 2018

      The soap resists the paint. When the soap is rubbed off, the paint comes off easily. I love experimenting and it looks like Abbie M. Has found a way to use resistance painting on wood, not just fabric. Give it a try! ☺️

    • Debbo
      on Dec 13, 2018

      Thankyou so much.

  • Jane Cappelli
    on Dec 7, 2018

    I saved the posts from my babies’ four poster crib. Wonder if I could use those for this project.

    • Mary Boger
      on Dec 7, 2018

      That would be so sweet!

    • Deb Mahre
      on Dec 7, 2018

      I agree with Mary... What a beautiful sentimental action. Someday each child could receive a gift as a piece of their childhood.

    • Cathy Hays
      on Dec 7, 2018

      I love that idea Jane! They could use the Candle Stick to hold a Unity candle to lite at their wedding maybe someday?

    • Lainie
      on Dec 7, 2018

      PERFECT! It's actually turned into a legacy piece to pass down to future generations!!!

  • Harriette
    on Dec 7, 2018

    Wondering why you used the soap before painting and then distressed. Sounds unique, but not sure what the purpose was. Love the finished piece, however.

    • Mark Brickey
      on Dec 7, 2018

      From my experience, it would make the sanding easier & also not let the darker paint soak into the grain of the light wood.

    • Deb Mahre
      on Dec 7, 2018

      I'm wondering if it made the distressing process flow more easily, especially in the crevices?!?

    • Cathy Hays
      on Dec 7, 2018

      The soap keeps the paint from soaking into the wood and makes the distressing much easier. The paint won’t stick to the soap areas.

    • Christine Zeiler
      on Dec 7, 2018

      I agree. I thought the soap would resist the paint. In her words she says sand the soap off; however, the soap is covered with paint. Not sure I understand.

    • Jana
      on Dec 7, 2018

      Actually the paint does NOT stick to the paint.

    • Shirley
      on Dec 7, 2018

      Christine Zeiler she sanded off the paint-covered soap.

    • Gayla
      on Dec 7, 2018

      She is correct, soap or I like to use candle wax keeps the paint from Adhearing to the wood making the sanding process easier. I will say for me using chalk paint I personally do not see the need to use soap or wax because the chalk paint comes off so easily. If using latex it can be a God send making it much easier to sand the latex paint back off.

    • Brenda I
      on Dec 8, 2018

      I’m not positive, but the soap in the grooves kept the paint from going in the grooves. Then afterwards you could easily remove the soap by sanding.

  • GMS
    on Dec 7, 2018

    I don't see the difference that the soap did, what was the purpose

    • Mark Brickey
      on Dec 7, 2018

      From my experience, it would make the sanding easier & also not let the darker paint soak into the grain of the light wood.

    • Sherry Mason
      on Dec 7, 2018

      yes, it will not absorb the paint. Vaseline does the same thing

  • Patricia Bates
    on Dec 7, 2018

    What kind of candles are shown in the picture?

  • Sande
    on Dec 7, 2018

    Whoa!!!😃 I am on my way to Home Depot right now!!!! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful and clever idea❤️

  • Iberkeley
    on Dec 8, 2018

    Interesting use of the soap, however, what exactly is the purpose? Perhaps it make the distressing easier. Another point: It would seem that it's easier to put on the soap without the saucers, no?

  • Kay
    on Dec 14, 2018

    Look nice! But what does the soap do?

  • Dorinda Rodriguez
    on Dec 14, 2018

    Seriously... why the soap??

    • Susan
      on Dec 14, 2018

      The soap keeps the paint from sticking as well and makes the distressing easier..... Not necessary though.

    • Sandra H
      on Dec 14, 2018

      I'm thinking it makes the sanding easier.

    • Teija Nelson
      on Dec 14, 2018

      It keeps the paint from sticking in places

    • Mary Hise
      on Dec 14, 2018

      we used to use little candles or crayons to write on our Easter eggs before we die them and then the die wouldn't stick to wear the wax was. Same kind of concept

  • Regina Jones Herman
    on Dec 14, 2018

    If the soap makes distressing easier, could I use the same technique on my kitchen cabinets? Thanks!

    • Julia Davis
      on Dec 14, 2018

      Absolutely you can! I would put a good coat of sealant over them once the desire effect is acheived to keep them from continuing to distress (unless you desire them to continue to be more distressed).

  • Shirley McDonald Blair
    on Dec 14, 2018

    Wouldn’t it be better to use a bigger saucer at the bottom to give these better balance?

    they look like they could tip over too easily.

    otherwise, I like the idea very much!

  • Debbi
    on Dec 14, 2018

    So do you put 2 coats of chalk paint on it before you sand it?

  • Linda Lou Dinger
    on Dec 14, 2018

    Can you use regular paint for this technique??

  • Douglas
    on Dec 14, 2018

    Does chalk paint come in different colors? Also could you use regular flat or semi-gloss paint for this technique?

    • Brenda Archer-Knorr
      on Dec 14, 2018

      Yes

    • Douglas
      on Dec 14, 2018

      Thanks. I have old table legs that I was going to eventually make a table top for. I think this might be a better way to use them

    • Jennifer Casey Thrall
      on Dec 15, 2018

      yes u can use regular paint, I used spray white paint from a can and painted my white, it came out so nice, and I have mine sitting on my fireplace mantle on the one side, good luck.

    • Douglas
      on Dec 15, 2018

      Thanks Jennifer, did you still use the soap?

  • Anne Leadley
    on Dec 14, 2018

    What's chalk paint

    • Kerry Notz
      on Dec 15, 2018

      It is paint with chalk dust in it. It makes the paint look & feel older.

    • Erica Smith
      on Dec 15, 2018

      You can make homemade Chalk paint by choosing your color of flat latex paint and add plaster of paris powder to make it think but not a paste. It dries full looking like Kerry said just to make things look farmhouseish, Country, Primitive and chippy chic style! Have fun. There are recipes on Pinterest for exact measurements of chalk paint!

  • Susan Frederick Newell
    on Dec 15, 2018

    Do you use a base coat of paint and then a different color on top?

    • Erica Smith
      on Dec 15, 2018

      No Ma'am! Just use the chalk paint. It will act as the base coat and final coat. She used the soap just to help distress the candle sticks. You can skip that IF you want and just use the paint or any kind of paint you choose. If your style isnt rustic then use a semi or high gloss!

  • Kay Froelke Anderson
    on Dec 17, 2018

    what Height of candles

  • Sally
    on Dec 10, 2019

    What is the point of the bar soap if you're going to sand the grooves anyway? I didn't understand that.

  • Faye
    on Dec 18, 2019

    How is the weight of them? Can they easily be knock over by a swipe of a cat's tail? Those saucers you use break easily. I think they have decorative square wooden blocks at places like Home Depot.

    Thanks for the ideas

    Faye

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  • Jessica
    on Dec 12, 2019

    Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing.

  • MaryAnn
    on Dec 13, 2019

    Those are some pretty, fancy candles. Did you DIY those too? Is there a tutorial on those somewhere?

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