Thrifted Wooden Bucket & Candlestick Pedestal Planter

April 01, 2019

 Both this wooden bucket AND this primitive country candlestick are from the thrift shop.

The candlestick is nice and heavy, and not tippy.  Perfect for a pedestal planter.

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The metal, fluted tray on top of the candlestick was unscrewed and removed, and a hole was drilled in the bottom of the bucket.  

It  was pretty easy to attach the bucket to the top of candlestick with just one screw.

 Next I painted the whole pedestal planter with Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Latex in Flat Black.  

I used two coats of the the flat black latex paint for my base coat.

Next I brushed on my top coat, two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Furniture Paint in Farmhouse Green.

I then distressed the planter lightly, with 150 grit sandpaper.

I have found myself inspired lately to try Prima Marketing Transfers after finding the Q is for Quandie blog.  Linda does an awesome job upcycling furniture, uses transfer quite a lot, and she's from Minnesota too!

 Since this was my first attempt at using the transfers, I used a cheaper, smaller one, for flower pots, Prima Marketing Iod Decor Transfer-Pots

I cut out just part of the transfer indicated above for my bucket.

After removing the white paper backing, the transfer is sticky so make sure it's positioned correctly before you stick it down.

I then used the large, black (popcicle-like)  stick to burnish, rub on the stencil.  Pull up the clear plastic carefully.  If the transfer is not completely stuck down, you can put the plastic back down and rub a bit more.

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 I sprayed the planter and the transfers with Dixie Belle Easy Peasy Spray Wax , and then wiped it down with one of my fiber rags.

The Easy Peasy Wax is easy, but I use it just for smaller projects, as it is more expensive than Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax in Clear.

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I'm so happy to see some spring GREEN!

Thrifted Wooden Bucket & Candlestick Pedestal Planter #upcycle #repurpose #springdecor #primamarketingtransfer #frenchcountry #pedestalplanter
The Farmhouse Green Paint is perfect for a spring vignette!

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Have you made any pedestal planters yet?

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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Love this, Carlene. I like the color you chose and the label. I have a heavy candlestick I can use but no wooden bucket. May look around a few thrift stores/flea markets, or use a flower pot. You give me lots of ideas and inspiration!

  2. I absolutely love this ❤️ and will have to try to find the stuff here in Texas to make it. One question, did you place a potted plant in it or plant directly in the bucket and if planted directly, how's the drainage?


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