Spindle candlesticks and more


Jamie told me that I needed some height on my mantel. I was thinking candlesticks. I looked at the store (Meijer) and I saw that they are VERY expensive. I braved the cold in the garage and rummaged around to see what I could find.
This is a bedpost from a full sized bed that Cathy and I found on the curb. It wasn’t really bench worthy, so I parted it out. I cut off the posts and legs, and threw the headboard away.
This is another bed post, not sure where the rest of this bed ended up. :)
While in the garage, I also cut some 1x’s and some 4×4’s into squares for bases.
Then I sort of just started playing around with the configurations. A lot like I do when I make totems.
This is a 1×5, and part of a bed post/leg.
Here I added the top of another bed post.
I sanded the rough edges, and cleaned up all the saw dust.
This is the bottom part of the bed post pictured above.
This is a 1×5, and a 1×4, a part of a staircase spindle, and the top (finial) of an old chair.
This little cutie is a 1×5, 4×4 and a chair leg!
This is the other part of the stair case spindle, with another chair finial on top.
I used gorilla glue to hold all the pieces together. I could not decide what color I wanted, so I chose 3 different colors.
Here I have one of those cute little glass ashtray pieces I picked up at the peddler’s mall.
This is the same turquoise I used on my last window cabinet I made. I watered it down so it was more like a glaze. I used Kilz on all of these before I painted their new colors on them.
This white one is the free Glidden “Crisp Linen” with a wash/glaze of raw umber over it. The browns are a glaze of raw umber. The candle I got on clearance this week at Walmart for .25 cents.
I put them in my gynormous firebox and lit the candles.
I am not sure what configuration I will use. I don’t know whether I will keep them in the firebox, put them on the mantel, or on the hearth. I may change up the colors. I tend to change my mind a lot. Ideas? Suggestions? I’m sure you true junkers have lots of items in your stash that you can make these from. They sort of remind me of chess pieces.
I am still enjoying my fireplace and can hardly believe I actually made it!
Nativity set from Kitty Wall

Kitty, a lady who left a comment below was kind enough to email me a picture of her Nativity Set made from bed posts.

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  1. I like them, they turned out awesome. It is a great way to fill in the fireplace gap. Easy to switch up the colors anytime, too.

    • gail@myrepurposedlife.net says:

      oy! I tried to update an old, old post, and it published it as new. I don’t exactly know what I’m doing yet. :)
      Thank you Sara!


  2. Wow what great finds those beds were. They look fantastic as candlesticks, we never would have thought of that.

  3. These are fabulous Gail! I love them….:) The turquoise ones are my favorites!

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  4. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Oh Gail, I love them grouped together in the firebox! And what a pretty color combination. Don’t change a thing!

  5. You threw the head board away? Really? Well. I. AM. SHOCKED.
    However, I do love the candlesticks.
    …still, I can’t believe you didn’t make a coat rack, key holder, pot holder, trivet, table top, plate shelf, or sign out of that head board.
    See? You still surprise me.

  6. Donna in SC says:

    LOVE what you did here! This arrangement would look good anywhere. Thanks again for encouraging us to experiment with what we have available.

  7. I have my own love affair w/ old bed posts. I make the nativity scene w/ them. Wish I knew how to upload a pic so you can see it. My friends who have been on the receiving end of these just love them. Love your site. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I love using random parts to make something beautiful! Great repurpose, you gave me some ideas ;) thanks!

  9. PDC. Pretty darn cute.


  10. These are really neat. I got some spindles from my local Habitat for Humanity Restore. I got them to make an entry way table, but I think I like this idea better!

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