INSIDE: How to use a vintage brass candlestick and turn it into a freestanding plant stand for the garden.
We inherited a brass candlestick from my husband’s grandparents and I used it for many years in the corner of my dining room as a pillar candle holder. It was an interesting piece that filled an awkward corner.
Then we moved and I had nowhere to put it. I even attempted to sell it online yet had no takers.
I finally succumbed to the idea that this old candlestick was meant to stay in the family! Of course, I had no idea what to do with it and so it sat, collecting dust. Waiting for some brilliant “aha!” moment…
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Vintage candlestick plant stand
After no longer wanting to use it as a candle holder, this vintage piece sat in the garage with the other household items we wanted to unload. So sad it looked. I was utterly idea-less with what to do with it. And then I got my “aha!” moment.
I carted this candlestick out to our front yard and placed it within the garden. Giving it some love and a 21st century update, this vintage candlestick finally had a purpose.
3 items to create a candlestick plant stand
This garden project calls for just three items, in addition to your candlestick!
– Decorative bowl
– Self-Etching Primer
– Paint and brush
Step #1: I gave both the decorative metal bowl I picked up at a home goods store as well as the candlestick a quick spray with the self-etching primer.
Self-etching primer is one of my favorite DIY tools. It’s awesome for getting paint to adhere to an item, such as this brass candlestick, to avoid sanding!
Step #2: Once dry, I applied a quick coat of paint to both. I intentionally wanted the gray color of the self-etching primer to peak through.
Step #3: Place the candlestick in the garden, or near your front door. Fill the bowl with plants or flowers.
Friendly Tip: Be sure to drill holes in the decorative bowl to allow for drainage.
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