How to Upcycle a Wooden Candlestick

What is upcycling?

How to easily upcycle an old 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 

Giving a modern farmhouse look to an old candlestick.

Next, I removed the round candle holder part by simply unscrewing it.
Thrift store candlestick find.
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.

Adding a modern look to an old 70's 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 

Modern farmhouse upcycled 70's candlestick.

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

Modern farmhouse style wall vase.

Fresh flowers in a milk glass vase...

Fresh flowers on a modern farmhouse upcycled wall candle.

Modern farmhouse styled wall vase.

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

Repurposed flower vase candle holder on a DIY candlestick.

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

Repurposed candle sconce on bedroom wall

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

Modern farmhouse styled wall tea light candle.

The possibilities are endless!

What have you upcycled lately?

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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. .