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 4x4’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 1x5, 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 1x5, and a 1x4, a part of a staircase spindle, and the top (finial) of an old chair.
This little cutie is a 1x5, 4x4 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 fire box, 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!
EDITED to ADD:
Kitty, a lady who left a comment below was kind enough to email me a picture of her Nativity Set made from bed posts.