From Table Legs to Candlesticks

If you’ve got an old table, with interesting legs, you can make them into beautiful DIY candlesticks with some wood rounds, screws, and paint!

diy candlestick from a table leg

I have three antique sewing machines. Three. What in the heck am I going to do with three of them? They belonged to Andrew’s mom, Andrew’s grandmom, and my granny. That one was passed down to my mom-mom, then my mom, and I learned how to sew on it. Don’t ask me what I’m going to do with them all, all I know is that we are heirloom keepers, over here.

You may remember from this post, this post, and this post, that I’m a minimalist-in-progress.

Three machines may be too much for some, but my soul has to have them live together.

Know what I don’t need? Extra tables. I don’t want anyone’s furniture unless it’s an heirloom piece that’s the right size and is something we’re attached to.

I did not necessarily want a coffee table with no top that belonged to Andrew’s late aunt and grandmom. Bless it, but I have no room for a coffee table with no top.

Legend has it, it was a marble top.

Over Thanksgiving, in walks a table with no top.

Me: “Where’s the top?”
Andrew: “There is none, I was going to put one in it maybe?”
Me: “,,, …”
His Dad: “Alright, well here you go!”

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Things which crossed my mind when I was looking at this table with no top in my hallway (you guys, it was in my front hallway):

  • I wonder how big this is?
  • Will this fit at the foot of the bed?
  • Will it fit under the windows?
  • No, there’s already a sewing machine there, musical furniture?
  • In the closet?
  • In the basement?
  • How long until there’s a top on it?
  • Can I just cut the legs off?

As I contemplated cutting the legs off to salvage for some project, the guilt was pretty high, but I realized that we had no significant attachment to the table with no top. I didn’t want to just get rid of it, but I didn’t want to feel obligated to keep it, stick it somewhere, then leave my kids with this table with no top.

So, I cut the legs off.

Now, we have DIY candlesticks.

These DIY Candlesticks have got to be one of my simpler Fast Fix Friday installments!

This week for our FFF, Sarah has made THE MOST ADORABLE POM POM ORNAMENTS for her gorgeous tree!

Andrew screwed two wood rounds from the craft store onto the ends, and I popped them into the spray shelter with the turntable, and gave them a good few coats of this spray paint.

spray painted diy candlesticks

A light sanding to age them a tiny bit, and a white wax…  we have new DIY candlesticks. I have 4 of them, so I’m going to make two pairs, in varying heights.

Close up of table leg repurposed into a diy candlestick

DIY Candlestick from an old table leg

These table legs live on. When we look at them I’ll remember where they came from, how they got there, rested in my hallway, and once had no top.

diy candlesticks in farmhouse fireplace

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