1970's Mirror & Candleholder Upcycles

I would just love to start showing some of my new junk garden ideas but the weather here has been cold.  Snow last weekend, and lows in the mid twenties.  Not May weather at all.  In the mean time, I am sharing two garage sale upcycles from recent rummage sales.  First a wooden pillar candleholder and a dark wood mirror with shelf.

 I removed the mirror to make painting easier.  Then I painted the wood with two coats of ASCP in Old White.  I distressed the piece lightly with 220 grit sandpaper.  I stenciled a "No. 1" at the top with a Decoart stencil.  Then I used Miss Mustard Seed Hemp oil to seal the chalk paint.

An easy upcycle.

 The candleholder was painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Country Grey and heavily distressed.  Then I used Decoart Clear Creme water based wax to seal the chalk paint.

 I just happened to have an ivy planted in a white pitcher that fit perfectly in the candle circle.  

I could also attach an enamelware pan or even a round cutting board to the top with screws for use as a plant stool.  A great vignette has varying heights!


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  1. Oh they both turned out lovely!

  2. I haven't seen an item of yours I don't love! You really are inspiring to us junkers and repurposers!

  3. Love that grater - this display is fun!

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  4. Beautiful work...helping me to see things I never saw before...inspiring!

  5. That's the most amazing re-purposing idea I've seen recently. I dig everything vintage so this is definitely project I would like to "crib". :)


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