Upcycled Shabby Chic Tall Wrought Iron Candle Holders

This is one of those projects that is so easy that I almost didn't blog about it. Seriously, it took mere minutes to breathe new life into an $8 set of metal candlesticks from Goodwill. It never ceases to amaze me how white paint can completely transform...well almost anything. Just a wee bit of paint gave these upcycled tall wrought iron candle holders farmhouse shabby chic style.

Tall Thrift Store Painted Candlesticks

Upcycled Shabby Chic Tall Wrought Iron Candle Holders

I did the happy dance when finding these because they came in a set AND they are tall floor candleholders which you don't come across often. This is what the metal candlesticks looked like before...

Floor Standing Wrought Iron Candle Holders Before

Nothing wrong with the bronze finish but painted white, all those curvy details pop. How dramatic would they look set on a fireplace mantel or dining sideboard? But they look great on the floor flanking a fireplace like I did for Valentine's Day.

Upcycled Tall Wrought Iron Candle Holders

To add French Country charm, I made a couple of simple sleeves with a French burlap ribbon. I used real candles for the sake of the photos but I will be switching them out with flameless candles (I didn't have any on hand at the time). Please do not use real candles with candle sleeves as it presents a fire hazard. 

The candle sleeves add a little je ne sais quoi to the candle holders, wouldn't you agree? 

French Country Thrift Store Candle Holder Makeover

So here's how I did it

Are you ready? I mean you can't get any easier than this. Three thin coats of Primer White spray paint. That's it!

Once the paint is dry, distress the edges with a sheet of 150-grit sandpaper for a shabby chic finish.

Tall Metal Candle Holder Set Makeover

How to make the French sleeves

Let me repeat, please use flameless candles with these candle sleeves.

Like I said earlier, making these candle sleeves couldn't get easier. I used a sewing machine but you don't have to. Fabric glue or a simple hand stitch will do.

DIY French Ribbon Candle Sleeves

Measure the circumference of the candle plus 1/2 inch and cut the ribbon to fit. Sew the ends of the ribbon together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance and voila!

Upcycled Floor Candle Holders With DIY French Sleeves

The takeaway from this post

Never pass up candleholders at the thrift store, even if you don't like the finish. With little effort, they make stylish budget-friendly home decor for a fraction of the cost buying brand new.

If you have any questions about this quick and easy candle holder upcycle, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

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Tall Upcycled Wrought Iron Candle Holders

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  1. So easy to do and so so pretty. Now is a chance to go through our fabric stash, and mine is big, and see what we can make.

    1. Thanks my friend! Yesssss. my fabric bins are overflowing right now. Great time to get creative with the stash. I know you'll come up with all kinds of awesome ideas because you are the Fabric Recycle Queen! xo


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