Friday, January 22, 2021

DIY table leg candlesticks

Hey there! I have a fun table leg-turned-candlestick DIY for you today! I've seen this idea done all over, but my friend Kate recently did a more modern version that I was digging big time. I'm joining Krylon to share one of their gorgeous Color of the Year spray paint palettes for the new year! 

I LOVED this "New Heritage" palette Krylon put together because it fits in so well in our home. I use a lot of deep accent colors so it was perfect. They have a few different color combinations for the new year, but the one I chose is a beautiful moody palette with their Fusion All-in-One Matte Black, Fusion All-in-One Satin Peacock Blue, Fusion All-in-One Matte Blue and their Chalky Finish paint in classic white:
furniture leg candle DIY

You can find the pine table legs at most hardware stores -- they come in varying designs and heights. 

Before you start the project, use a wrench to remove the screw from each leg: 
prep table legs for candlesticks
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Then figure out where you want to cut each one. I wanted to make sure the heights varied, so I marked where I wanted to cut: 
furniture leg candlesticks

You'll need to brace your sticks so you can drill into them for the taper candle. Do NOT try to hold them to do this! 

I found the metal clamp on my saw worked great, but you can also use clamps to secure them to a table:
brace on saw for drilling into candlesticks

I couldn't find my 7/8 inch paddle drill bit, so I had to use a couple to get the holes in there. I started with the 1/2 inch paddle drill bit -- these are so much easier to use in my opinion! They drill into the pine so easily: 
drill bit for taper candle holders

And then I used a 7/8 inch boring drill bit I had: 
drill bit size for taper candleholders

If you just start with just the boring bit it will catch and doesn't cut as smoothly. Using the paddle bit first (or just a 7/8 paddle) works so much better!

I gave all of the candlesticks a few coats of the four colors (two in each color) and then stuck the candles in!: 
furniture leg candlesticks in blue, black white

If your taper candles don't fit perfectly, drip a bit of wax in first and they will stick! Hot glue also works. 

All of these Krylon spray paints are either matte or satin finish, so they will give you a more subdued finish that I love. 

I ended up purchasing a couple more smaller legs that didn't need to be cut down at all. They were already the perfect height and shape. They are a fun accent and work so well with our deep gray/blue paint color (cyberspace by Sherwin-Williams): 
Dark blue walls cane dresser

The colors work so well together and as always, the Krylon spray paint was incredibly easy to use. It goes on so easily and covers great! As a reminder, I used Fusion All-in-One Matte Black, Fusion All-in-One Satin Peacock Blue, Fusion All-in-One Matte Blue and their Chalky Finish paint in classic white.

This was a quick DIY and the possibilities are endless! You can use a simpler table leg for a more modern look, or use wood bases from the craft store for the top and bottom to make them more traditional. 

Krylon has more Color of the Year trend palettes that you can see here

This post sponsored by Krylon but all opinions are my own. I only work with companies and products I know, love and would recommend to you. 

You can pin this project for later using this image!: 
table leg candlesticks DIY



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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

My biggest bookcase build yet!

Soooo, remember last week when I shared the projects I was hoping to tackle this year and I didn't mention this big one? Yeah. 😂 I planned to start this HUGE built in project later in the year, but then I realized we spend more time in the basement in the winter...so why not get it done now? 

And when I started figuring out materials I discovered we had money in the budget to at least get this project going. It helped that the cabinets I needed were on sale! 

I've built a few versions of these built ins using kitchen cabinets many times before. I'm telling you...using cabinets makes this SO much easier (and quicker) than if you were to build those yourself. They are awesome! 

This side of our basement family room has looked great for awhile:
u-shaped gray sectional

I think I've only shared the other side of the room once because it's just a loooong wall: 
long family room wall with TV

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I just hung a few things up there two weeks ago...and now I'm going to take them down. Sometimes I really plan out when I'll start a project and sometimes I jump right in. This one is the latter. :)

The wall is SO long, so I've known since we moved in what I wanted to do. Sorry for the bad quality, I didn't have great light when I took these: