Friday, March 4, 2011

Project with Anthropologie appeal with help from the thrift and dollar store

I am so excited to share this project I did today because it is gorgeous, inexpensive, and pretty easy to make......


You'd see something like this at Anthroplogie for around $100 give or take. You can make your own for under $10. I was lucky enough the have the deck post laying around, but you can buy a 6 foot one for around $10. Then, you can make a ton of these! I recommend getting one that isn't pressure treated.

First, I cut my board into 3 pieces all different sizes.




Next, I painted each one a different color to go with the decor in my family room. Typically I prime bare wood, but in this case I didn't. I wanted a very rustic look with a lot of the wood showing, so I wasn't worried about the paint covering perfectly. I used Benjamin Moore eggshell paint for all three colors. And of course I used my "best friend" Purdy brush that has been my faithful partner for 2 years now. My brush has lasted me this long because I clean it very well after each use.



After that I distressed all of them with my palm sander.


I wanted the exposed wood to pop, so I wiped on some Min Wax stain wiping off any excess.


I found a solid silver tarnished tray at Goodwill for $1. I sprayed it white and distressed it. Sorry, forgot to take the after picture, but it can be seen with the vignette.


I bought the glass jars and candles at the dollar store. Honestly though, you can save even more money by simply using whatever you may have laying around house. If you're like me, you have thousands of candles stashed away. I just bought new stuff for this project because I wanted a uniform look for this post and "how to". I glued the base of the jars to the top of my pillar. I used Gorilla Glue for this. In addition, I used greenery to decorate the base. There are so many other things you can use. Shells, beach glass, stones, acorns, pine cones, etc....









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21 comments:

  1. OMG! Lisa, if I drag my poor hubby to the computer once more, all the while squealing with glee, "Look what Lisa made this time"! ..and my comment to follow, as per usual, "Oh my gosh, I just have to make/copy/borrow this design"!!!! "I love it honey, don't you"? Right about then he starts rolling his eyes. He never says "yes" or "no"!
    What does that mean ?????????

    All kidding aside, I LOVE THESE!!!!!!

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  2. WOW! SO pretty, I love the whole thing. Great job!

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  3. i love those! what a great and easy project! i need to make some for the market i got to in may- i actually have tons of old spindles to do it with, too. i see things like this and it really makes me wish we lived so close that i could pop over and we could do it together.

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  4. Great project Lisa! I love how it makes such a big statement and is so low cost to make. Nice work!

    Have a great weekend.
    Pam

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  5. Three words: BEAU-TI-FUL!!!

    I especially love the spray painted tray, I'm planning to do that!

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  6. wow..those turned out amazing. You are right..they would have cost a fortube to buy. I love the idea of putting them on a tray..very cute idea!

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  7. These are awesome, Lisa! Love the color and distressing. I'm thinking about all that wood sitting in my garage. Thanks for sharing the idea! Looks great!

    Now, put your feet up in those new chairs and enjoy the weekend! :) ~M

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  8. Love it! The muted colors are perfect--like the silver tray idea too.

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  9. The power of paint!! Love, love the look. I'm feeling inspired. thanks for sharing.

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  10. what a beautiful project, thanks for sharing these are very trendy, easy to do and a wonderful idea
    Sherry

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  11. Great project...Love how this turned out!

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  12. I love these fence post candle holders. I made some too and I just love them. What a fun project. Gotta love chunky wood candle holders for dirt cheap.
    http://dandelionsanddustbunnies.blogspot.com/2010/06/fence-post-candlesticks-for-cheap.html

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  13. Great project Lisa~ And great job!! They are fantastic- thanks for sharing at my party! :)

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  14. Hey Lisa, I want to make these..could you please tell me the length of each pillar? Did you use anything to affix them to the tray?
    Thanks, Lisa J in WV

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  15. Very nice - love the paint finish. Also love that table you did! $8!! I do find good "deals" at the Salvation Army but haven't found one like that!!!

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  16. Your going to use that Purdy brush so much that one day it won't work anymore because the bristles will be worn out. At least you got good use out of it.

    -Zane of ontario honey

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  17. Great Job Lisa!! Its very beautiful project !!
    Wood Candle Holders

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  18. I glued the base of the jars to the top of my pillar. I used Gorilla Glue for this. ... holderspillar.blogspot.com

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  19. Gotta love chunky wood candle holders for dirt cheap. ... hcandlewood.blogspot.com

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