DIY Candlesticks | Farmhouse Style

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2 Days

I'm getting pretty good at getting inventory in and out of the garage. Since my last purge I'm trying hard to not let projects pile up. This is one of those projects that isn't complicated but requires a little extra power. Lucky for me I know someone that has access to that kind of thing.

I had recently aquired 5 chippy porch posts.

diy candlesticks farmhouse style

I had been on the hunt for a few in hopes of adding some chunky candlesticks to my booth.

diy candlesticks farmhouse style

When I work with architectural salvage there might be some remnants of what it used to be attached to. Thats gotta go.

diy candlesticks farmhouse style

I fished out as many old nails as I could.

diy candlesticks farmhouse style

Then power washed away extra dirt.

diy candlesticks farmhouse style

After they dried I wanted to seal in all of that chippy paint with a protective finish.

diy candlesticks farmhouse style

Sketched out some rough cut lines for staggered height.

diy candlesticks farmhouse style

Finally it was time to let Kyle do the heavy lift... Eerrr.. Cutting.

diy candlesticks farmhouse style

Using a miter saw and a sawzall he was able to cut each post into a bunch of different pieces. 

diy candlesticks farmhouse style

Lots of cutting.

diy candlesticks farmhouse style

BOOM! Chunky salvage candlesticks!

diy candlesticks farmhouse style

Over 50 of them of all different shapes and sizes.

diy candlesticks farmhouse style

They look great when featured in a table-scape! Just in time for fall decor!

diy candlesticks farmhouse style

I was able to get them all over to my booth and I've already sold a few!

diy candlesticks farmhouse style

I hope you enjoyed this short post. Like I said before, this isn't a complicated project but you do need some power tools. I did not include the power tools or the antique porch posts in the cost of the project.

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  • Amanda
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3 of 4 questions
  • Robin

    When you first mentioned sealing with minwax, I thought you might be painting over that.... can it be done? Or would it be better to use a primer or chalk paint first and then seal it ? ( if you wanted to paint them)...?

    • Amanda Freed Homes
      23 minutes ago

      I Robin! You can paint over the original paint if that is your desired look and then seal it as your last step before cutting.

  • Barbara
    6 hours ago

    wha is your price range$

    • Amanda Freed Homes
      5 hours ago

      Hi Barbara! If you mean how much am I selling the candlesticks for in my booth?? It depends on the size of the "candlestick" and how ornate the piece is. I currently have them ranging in price from $3 (x-small & not as detailed) to $25 (x-large and very detailed).

      However, If you are asking what my price range was for purchasing the porch post themselves, I paid $110 for all 5.

  • Maria
    2 hours ago

    Is this not columns for a porch? They dont look like fence post

    • Amanda Freed Homes
      21 minutes ago

      Hi Maria! I think its fairly interchangeable but when I think of a column I picture something closer to this:

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  • Janet

    How cool is that? You used the whole post.

    I can see these with flowers in them as well. So many things other than candle holders

  • Mary Njus
    8 hours ago

    Boy I was thinking how lucky to find 4. I love your project. Since you have booth I’m sure you can make more money in getting the most product for your buck.

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