Tuesday, April 7, 2015

DIY French candle sconces

After Christmas, I went looking around on ebay for wood and iron candle sconces. 


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I found a pair of these for less than $20. They are plentiful on ebay in all price ranges. I think they're from the late 1980s, but not sure.


Here is a recent listing from ebay, and this one has the original glass votive holders.


In any case, it needed a makeover.


I had in mind something similar to these French Pinot sconces.



I started by spraying them with gray primer. I thought I had a photo of that stage, but I must have deleted it. I then brushed on a lighter gray craft paint, let it dry, then sanded the high spots. I didn't like the color, nor did I enjoy trying to hold the sconce with one hand and brush paint into all the crevices, so I spray painted flat white over the whole thing, then sanded again after it dried. 




I then, rubbed on a coat of dark finishing wax and rubbed it off. I was pretty happy with the finish, then I realized something was missing. 


I have seen French candle sconces with wood beads, so I searched everywhere for long wood beads. I looked online and at Michaels in the jewelry and wood departments, but could not find what I wanted. I finally went to the craft department at Walmart and found a couple of options to choose from. 
I thought these beads might work, but they were not really long enough for the look I wanted.


I then saw these wood caps and thought I might be able to make them work. 


There were four of each size, so I decided to glue them together, since I needed four.


After applying the same paint treatment I did to the sconces, I used an awl to make a hole, then dipped a shortened wire ornament hanger into the glue then inserted it into the hole. 


And...voilà, French candle sconces!


I love how they turned out! I did plan on switching out the candle cups for smaller brass ones, but I thought that would just be overkill and more work than I really wanted to do.


I'm still not sure where I'm going to put them, since I have two, but for now, one is here on the old door in the music "room." 


Not bad for less than $20:-)


I'll be joining:







28 comments:

  1. Looks fabulous. Great job. The beads are the perfect addition. :) Julie

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  2. You wouldn't by looking at it that had been from the 80's, great job on it and I love the finish!

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    1. I know..paint can do amazing things! Thank you:-)

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  3. Wow!!!...they are stunning!...Now there is going to be a run on eBay for old 80's sconces!...so, so beautiful and such a great idea Anita!..love it!

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    1. Thank you Shirley!! There are sure plenty of them out there too!

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  4. these look like the real things, love the makeover!!

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    1. Thank you Debra! The real ones are ridiculously expensive...or at least the ones I have seen online.

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    1. No kidding! I love a bargain! Thanks for stopping by:-)

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  6. Love this project! What a great look you gave those candle sconces. I never would've guessed that they looked the way they did when you first got them. Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial!

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    1. Thanks so much Kelly! They were pretty dated, for sure:-)

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  7. Fabulous! They really look like the real deal! Love them!

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    1. Thank you Pinky...and at a fraction of the cost!

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  8. It looks fantastic! I love how you've transformed it into something that you will now love.

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    1. Thanks Robin! I do love them this way:-)

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  9. What a great job on those sconces, Anita! They really are lovely.

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  10. Those look great, Anita. How smart are you!

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    1. Thank you Kim, and thanks for stopping by!

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  11. WOW!!! You nailed the look! Now I am going to search for 80's candle holders. Been keeping my eye on the real thing, and gasping at the price...
    Thanks!!!
    EBay here I come.

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    1. I know Gee...there were several out there too. Look for "homco wood and iron candle sconce" or "Wood and iron candle sconce," and they should come up. Thanks so much!!

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  12. I found one just like this in an antique shop/flea market for $5.00. I did mine in black.

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  13. I love how you transformed those dated candle sconces and made them look fabulously french.

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