How to Upcycle a Wooden Candlestick

What is upcycling?

Dark wooden candlestick

This is a question I've run across recently and it got me thinking... What does it mean exactly?

Wikipedia defines upcycling as this... "Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value."

Useless or unwanted products are everywhere in every thrift store.

They're exactly what I hope to transform into products of better quality... it's what I do and what I love!

For example, I see these old candlesticks like these in the thrift stores all the

1970's thrift store candlestick

All I can say is that every house in the '70s must have had at least one, if not 2, that now sit in every thrift store unwanted and useless.

I'm making it simple today, just 2 quick steps to create the coveted modern farmhouse look that doesn't scream 70's.

The first thing I did was to paint the dated dark wood black.

The black paint quickly made it more modern and instantly more 

candlestick painted black

Next, I removed the round candle holder part by simply unscrewing it.
Thrift store candlestick find in a circle
That piece will show up in a future upcycled project I promise.

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I added a small metal tart pan, also found in the thrift store, with E6000 and one small screw.

metal tart pan attached to candlestick

The decorative hanger, another '70s throwback, was removed from the top of the candlestick and replaced with a large sawtooth hanger on back.

This piece can now be hung on the wall and hold some 

Candlestick on the wall with a tart pan for a base

It didn't take a lot of time or trouble to transform this old unwanted candlestick.

You can place anything on the cute little tray and hang it on the wall.

Faux flowers in an antique milk bottl
e and these faux flowers look amazing in this vase! 

Wall vase with tulips

Fresh flowers in a milk glass vase...

Fresh flowers in a white vase on candlestick base

White roses in milk glass on candlestick base

Here is another idea... I used a repurposed clear flower vase with a candle inside.

Candlestick repurpose with glass dome on candle

It finally ended up just like this next to the mirror in my bedroom.

Mirror in bedroom with candlestick on the wall

I even tried just a DIY tea light that I recently repurposed from an old bathroom light fixture.

Frosted rose candle holder on hanging wall base

The possibilities are endless!

Three views of candlestick repurpose

What have you upcycled lately?

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hanging flower candle stick with tulips and overlay

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .