Cedar Grilling Plank & Candles Create a Feast for the Eyes!

Valerie Burge
by Valerie Burge
11 Materials
90 Minutes

I bought a cheap set of remote controlled flameless candles that looked, well, just that – cheap! So I decided to give them a little make-over.

Step 1: 

I mixed a couple tbsp of mod podge with a tbsp of metallic paint and painted the candles using a sponge brush.

Afterwards I painted them again with glitter paint that had cool gold flakes.

While it was still wet I sprinkled a small amount of gold dollar store glitter on the bottom of each candle.

Step 2:

Now that the candles were looking fab, I needed a fab holder. I used a cedar grilling plank that I bought years ago for $1.99.

I decided handles would look cute so I went rummaging through a box of hardware I recently bought at an auction and found two drawer pulls that I thought would look great. I wanted the handles to sink down flush with the plank so I used a drill bit that same size as the ‘legs’ on the hardware and drilled 4 holes.  I used a metal plate as a guide to make sure each hole was the same distance from the edges.

Then I lightly sanded the plank and sprayed it with distilled water and painted it using blue thunder unicorn spit, using the sponge brush. Once it was dry I applied a coat of tung oil.

Step 3:              

While I was waiting for everything to dry I cleaned the hardware (who knows where those have been)! I made a mixture of ½ cup vinegar, 1 tsp salt and a few tbsp of flour to create a paste. I applied the paste to the hardware with a cloth and let sit for 10 min. Then I rinsed and buffed the handles. There wasn’t a huge difference, but it certainly made them less dull. And probably removed years of finger prints!

Then I attached the handles using their original screws and covered the screws with little padded furniture feet.

And voila – a sweet little make-over that I basically did on my lunch break!

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  • Lana Lana on Jan 16, 2019

    Could you cover the candles with mod podge, then put pictures on and recover with mod podge?

  • Jan Jan on Feb 07, 2019

    Where did you find those beautiful handles for the tray?

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  • Pat Pat on Jan 21, 2019

    I love the mod podge idea!

    • Valerie Burge Valerie Burge on Jan 21, 2019

      I've just starting working with mod podge on various projects - it's an amazingly versatile product...and reasonably priced too!

  • Angie Sheehan Angie Sheehan on Feb 05, 2019

    Want to try unicorn spit. Everyone needs to know that tung oil is very flammable. Do not leave it or rags anywhere not fireproof