$2.00 yard sale candlesticks makeover

$2 yard sale candlestick makeover

Remember those candlesticks I picked up a few weeks back at a yard sale for $2.00?  I finally got them painted and redone. 

This is what I was starting with… wood multi-colored candlesticks


First I spray painted them with Rustoleum gloss white spray paint.


But I was wanting them to have more of a weathered/antiqued look… like I found them in a pile of furniture in an old barn.   So I distressed them a bit with some sandpaper.  I figure they are going to get all chipped up anyway as much as I tote my décor around to decorate for various functions, so I might as well make them that way to begin with!


I mixed a little bit of poly with a little bit of Special Walnut stain to create a sort of glaze effect. 


And brushed it on the candlesticks with a cheap foam brush.  Making sure to get in all the cracks and crevices and designs. 


Then I immediately wiped it off with paper towels.  The candlestick on the left has been glazed and the candlestick on the right is unglazed.  The stain/glaze just takes a bit of the bright white away and gives it more of an antiqued finish.


Here’s the entire set all finished!


I love them!  And definitely worth the $2.00 I paid for them, Smile


Hoping to check out some yard sales this weekend – have missed several weeks due to bad weather and other plans so I am having a bit of yard sale withdrawal and it is raining today Sad smile

How about you?  Any fun yard sale finds recently?  Or maybe a recent find you did a makeover on?


  1. Cheryl MacKay says:

    Fantastic!!! I love them! what a huge difference. I am hoping to get to some yard sales as well. But the weather has been nasty and cold. THis weekend is Easter – so no yard-saling. Can NOT wait to get going.

  2. Wow I love those! So thrifty,so cute!
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  3. So much prettier now. 🙂
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  4. They turned out really great!

  5. When I first saw the candlesticks, I thought why would she want to redo them. They are so pretty. THEN I saw the after. So much better!

  6. Sherri S. says:

    Definately worth the $2- They look GREAT!!

    Hope your Easter is extra BLESSED..


  7. Love what you did to the three candlesticks, I’ve been looking for some too! I’ve been to one estate sale which wasn’t very good but I did buy a picture frame and one piece of Tupperware:)

  8. Love how the candlesticks turned out – they look great!! Thanks for sharing the step-by-step process. Hope you and your family have a blessed Easter!

  9. Beyond beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

  10. Wow, I love your candlestick makeover!! They look amazing now. I love how the glaze adds so much character..

  11. Very nice! I can’t wait til I can go junking again – been laid low. But projects like this inspire me and make me want to start one of my own!

  12. I LOVE the way these candlesticks turned out, and believe it or not…..I actually have this same set!!!! I am looking forward to painting mine, I just hope they come out as great as yours!


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