Upcycled Candle Sticks

upcycled candle sticks

If you have ready my About page you know that I am not capable of driving by a tag sale. This is also true for Estate Sales, Goodwill Stores, Habitat Stores, Salvation Army, etc. etc. It drives my family crazy. But lucky for them I stopped the car this week and scored these pretty candle sticks…which have since become my upcyled candle sticks.

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I found these cuties at a Salvation Army shop and I immediately liked the height and shape of them.  I thought about keeping the brass but they were pretty scuffed and damaged.  So, when in doubt, paint it turquoise.  Actually, the color is called Seaside by Rust-Oleum.  Here’s how I did it:


brass candle sticks


Check out my prepping for paint page.  I know, these are candle sticks but the same principles apply.  The product you want to paint should be sanded and clean. Sanding creates a surface the paint can adhere to.  Do it.

I gave these two a once over with a sanding sponge and baby wipes.




Because there are so many nooks and crannies in these candle sticks I decided to paint them upside down first.  Actually, I usually start painting all of my pieces upside down.  Flipping the piece over and painting it upside down is a good idea for two reasons: 1) You can get into all of those hidden spots and 2) It saves you from the back pain you will have as a result of bending over to find those hidden spots.



After shaking the paint can sufficiently, go back and forth down the candle stick in quick bursts.  Give the candle stick a 1/4 turn and repeat until sufficiently covered.  Carefully turn the candle stick over and repeat the process.


Let it dry

This seems like a silly step but it’s important.  Impatience is not a virtue people.  I can’t tell you how many times I have smudged a protect because I could not wait to start using it before it was dry.  Honestly, these candle sticks were so cute after their makeover that I had a hard time waiting to put them on the mantle.  Just take my advice.  Let it dry.



There you have it!  Upcycled Candle Sticks.  $4.99 customized decor.  And the beauty of it is, all it takes is a can of spray paint to change it again.

I’d love to hear about your spray paint projects.  Happy Painting!





6 thoughts on “Upcycled Candle Sticks

  1. Love what you are doing Maureen and great instructions.

    Share a lot of your interests and will learn from your blog so well done and beautifully photographed.

    Your Cousin Bríd in Cork

  2. I love spray painted projects and this was great. The Candlesticks are beautiful.

    As a landscape designer I am fortunate that I often come across dead plants and I never let one go to waste. I dig it up and place it temporarily in a black Nursery pot. I spray paint the stems a bright color and then tuck the plant into a perennial bed as art or I’ll plant in a decorative pot and place in a cluster of other potted plants. Instant drama for the price of a can (or two) of spray paint!

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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