Hi there! Today I’m sharing a super simple DIY project that is so simple it barely qualifies as a DIY project- easy farmhouse candlesticks!
I use the term “DIY” very loosely here. It’s not like I was out turning my own candle sticks in the wee hours of the morn. No, ma’am! I used unfinished candle sticks for this project.
The main motivation for this was cost. I wanted four matching wood candle sticks, but prefinished ones get very pricey. By using unfinished candlesticks, I was able to save at least half.
A semi-homemade approach is where I’m at nowadays. This project is the equivalent of melting together a can of Rotel tomatoes and Velveeta and calling it homemade queso. But hey, someone wrote a “recipe” for that, so I’m gonna go ahead and write a “tutorial” for this!
Here’s what you’ll need to complete this project:
- Unfinished Candlesticks (I got mine at Hobby Lobby 50% off)
- White Paint (I used acrylic)
- Paint Brush
- Paper Towels
See, super simple already! Here’s what to do:
I wanted a distressed finish with a lime washed look. To achieve this, you’ll need to start with a dark stain for contrast. I used my new favorite stain- balsamic vinegar. I’m always hesitant to use chemicals if there’s a natural alternative, and I’ve found this stain works pretty well. (Although the stain did not create that beautiful gray finish like it did for me in this tutorial).
Simply brush the stain on and let it dry. I didn’t bother with an even coating since I was going to cover it up with paint anyway, but know that the vinegar can absorb at different intensities.
The left shows the unfinished candle stick and the right is with the stain added.
DRY BRUSH WHITE PAINT
You’ll want to use a dry brush technique to apply the white paint. You can see a video on how to use this technique HERE. Basically, you want to apply a very small amount of paint to your brush and wipe it on a paper towel until it is almost dry. Only paint on your candlesticks with the tiniest amount of paint left on your brush.
I wanted to see a lot of the wood on mine, so I went very light with the paint. I also applied the paint unevenly to give it a weathered look, going heavier and lighter in some spots. Use more or less paint depending on your desired finish.
And embarrassingly, that’s the whole “tutorial”. Super simple. Fifteen minutes and very little room for error. That’s my speed, Folks.
I liked this project. It was pretty instant gratification. And it reminded me that sometimes it’s ok to take short cuts. Sometimes you just need to buy the store-made chicken salad, throw some cranberries in it, and claim it as your own.
Let me know if you give it a try!
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