Since the first time I watched an episode of Fixer Upper I’ve wanted chunky wooden candle holders. You know the ones I’m talking about? The wooden, lathed spun chunky candle holders? I’ve kept my eyes peeled and just haven’t found them. With a little patience, I was able to upcycle these mirrored glass candle holders into painted candle holders that look like wood!
Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge
You guys already know how much I love thrift shopping. That’s why I’m excited to announce that I am going to participate in a monthly thrift store decor challenge! I’ve joined forces with some of my blogging friends and have tons of thrifty upcycle ideas to get those wheels spinning! So many people have told me they just don’t have the vision for what something can be. Hopefully, you can gain some inspiration from these amazing upcycles!
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | The Kolb Corner Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars Erlene | My Pinterventures Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek Pili | Sweet Things
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications Ann | Duct Tape and Denim Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Marie | DIY Adulation
Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog Jes | My DIY Envy Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Molly | Just a Little Creativity Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods Kimm | Reinvented Michelle | Our Crafty Mom Ali | Home Crafts by Ali Sue | A Purdy Little House Sara | Twelve on Main
Claire | Pillar Box Blue Chelc | Inside the Fox Den Kim | Farmhouse Made Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled
Sherry | Savvy Apron Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod Lora | Craftivity Designs Megan | C’mon Get Crafty
Denise | My Thrifty House Toni | Small Home Soul Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister
Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!
Painted Candle Holders
I was having no luck finding chunky wooden candle holders I liked. Most were too skinny and not even wood. I even tried to make my own. My parents have a lathe but it quickly proved too hard for me. Then I ran into these mirrored glass candle holders and I thought I would try painting them to look like wood.
But then I got them home and I kind of liked their mirrored look. They were just a little too new and a little too shiny. I researched how to age mirrors but ultimately those methods wouldn’t work since the “backing” of the mirror was inside the candle holders.
Trying to make aged mirrored candle holders…
I almost gave up but decided to give one aged mirror method a try. What would it hurt if I was just going to paint them anyway? I set up a mixture of bleach and water in a spray bottle. Took off the felt bottom of the holder and sprayed a little inside. I set it in the window for a day and was excited it was working so I decided to spray a little more. This is where I went wrong. All of the water mixture was building up at the bottom (actually, top since I had them upside down) and had eaten away pretty much all of the bottom silver instead of the sprayed effect I was going for.
Had I only sprayed the once or if I had put them back up so the water and bleach could escape instead of pooling up then I think I would have been ok. I would have used a little black paint to darken the sprayed areas.
How to paint glass…
I haven’t had much luck with painting glass. I’ve tried a homemade chalky finish paint but each layer takes off the previous layer. I know others who have used the same recipe I do and have gotten it to work but I just don’t have the touch I guess. I ended up using a premixed paint from Velvet Finishes. With a couple of thin coats, the paint adhered to the glass just fine! You have to use thin coats or the paint will take off the previous layer.
I let the third coat dry overnight and then used a brown antiquing wax to age the color a little. The wax fills into any crevices from paint strokes. I love they way it ages the candle holders just a little.
I picked up three of these mirrored glass candle holders and painted two. Now I can have my chunky faux wooden candle holders or a mirrored one! Next time you’re at the thrift store take a look for candle holders of any kind. You can make them look like wooden painted candle holders easy and inexpensive! Right now they live on our dining table but I might have to sneak them into the master bedroom when I plan our master bedroom makeover.
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!