Tall Thrifted Candlestick to Fun Farmhouse Planter

 I was in Bemidji, Minnesota, last weekend and found this tall candlestick at Goodwill for $3.99.

First I cleaned the candlestick with soap and water and removed the metal disc that was nailed into the top of the candlestick to catch wax.

 Next, I painted the candlestick with Rustoleum Painters Touch flat black paint, followed by two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.

I then distressed the candlestick with 220 grit sandpaper, more on the edges and less in the center areas.  Both stain and black were visible, and I sealed the candlestick with Varathane Crystal Clear Water Based Poly in Satin.

Instead of cutting off the candlesticks, my technique is to add a shim to the center of the candlestick indentation so when I screw the pot to it, it doesn't bend or push out the bottom.  

This photo is of another thrifted candlestick planter project.

I just love these 5.25" Corrugated Zinc Cylinder Pot/Vases for projects.  I picked up mine at a local floral shop, but they are available at Amazon.

Zinc pots are perfect for a junk garden or farmhouse style home.

So after I put the shim on top of the candlestick, I drilled through the shim into the candlestick and also through the zinc pot bottom.  

I attached the zinc pot and candlestick with wood screw and washer.

I used this little FolkArt Garden Mini Stencil Pack to stencil with black craft paint on a brown hang tag.

My stenciled tag was then attached to the zinc pot with a clip magnet.

This step isn't necessary but I love to add tags for extra interest.  

My faux philadendron is from Hobby Lobby.  I paid $16.99 for mine last weekend, but it is half price this week.  

It's a really nice looking faux house plant.

So here is my new planter standing 26" tall.  

Tall enough to stand on the floor and make a statement.

A super easy and pretty inexpensive project!  (Especially if you don't have to pay $16.99 for the plant!

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  1. Very clever! I love how this turned out. You have a very creative eye when it comes to repurposing thrifty finds.

  2. Those little zinc pots totally make the project! So cute!


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