Wood candle cups are the perfect size and shape for small risers, they're also very cheap which is perfect for budget DIY projects.
Thrift Store Butcher Block Riser
I found this small butcher block at a thrift store for less than $2. I knew immediately it would make the perfect riser with a little bit of elbow grease!
The first thing I did was clean the butcher block a thoroughly. I then gave it a good sanding, starting with a course sandpaper and working my way up to a finer grit. When sanding it is important you go with the grain of the wood. My goal was to create a smooth surface and lessen the appearance of the dark stain.
After sanding and wiping away saw dust I applied wood conditioner. Wood conditioner helps stain apply more evenly and get rid of blotchiness. I allowed the conditioner to sit for 10 minutes before wiping away the excess.
During those 10 minutes I went ahead and stained the candle cups. I used a small foam brush and wiped away excess stain after about 5 minutes.
I then went ahead to stain the butcher block. If I had chosen a darker stain the black stain on the butcher block would not have stood out. I chose a lighter stain because it matched the rest of my kitchen.
I let my pieces dry for about 2 hours before attaching the candle cup legs. I only used wood glue.
I applied a thin coat of the glue to the base of the legs and gave them a little twist. I allowed the wood glue to dry for several hours before moving the riser.
Ultimately the dark stain on the butcher block bothered me more than I thought it would. I ended up adding two stripes to camouflage it better. To make the stripes I mixed black acrylic paint and baking soda to create chalk paint. I used painters tape to create the design I wanted and a foam brush to blot the paint on.
I hope you've enjoyed this project and feel inspired to hit the thrift store and get creative!