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Upcycled Lamps to Candleholders

Hello my sweet friends,  how about I share a great DIY with you today?

Our challenge this month is Quarantine Upcyle, a bit different due to the coronavirus and all the restrictions.  You know I love upcycling!

A quick mention on the virus, NJ has been hit very hard.  Schools are closed for the rest of the year.  Businesses are closed and the small business owners in NJ must be feeling serious pain. 

My husband who usually works in NYC has been working home going on six weeks.   Thank goodness his company is still doing well but many aren’t and at this point NY may be closed for a longer timeas well as NJ.  We’ll see.

On to business,  Emily Le Cultivateur and Tara Stilettos and Shiplap thought it would be fun to take something we own and give it a new purpose.   How fun is that?

I have had these lamps for years and don’t use them anymore.   I decided to take them apart and make candleholders with them, fun right?


I said the cords out of the base of the lamps.  John who’s awesome by the way, took the sockets off for me. 

As you can see the tops are a great size for a larger sized candles. 


First, painting had to happen, those who have followed me know how this lady loves her chalk paint.

I had ASCP in Duck Egg blue in the house and painted them with that first.   I  did a very, very light wash of Jolie Antique White over the Duck Egg to tone it down a tad.


Next step was clear and dark wax.  I used ASCP clear wax and Maison Blanche dark wax for the waxing.  These are usually my go to.  I made sure I rubbed the waxes in well.

Next,  I used a Champagne colored wax for the gilding.  The store I buy my paint from asked if I wanted to try it and I’m thrilled I did.



I have used the wax for many projects.  One great thing about waxes, they never go bad which is great for the cost!

I added the gilding bringing out all the details and it added a great French touch.








Notice how much the details on the bases stand out!


Pictured are Luminaria brand battery operated candles sitting inside old crowns.  These are staying on my dresser.  The pitcher I have had for years is filled with dried lavender and smells glorious, perfect for every French decorated, don’t you agree?

I hope you visit all the ladies listed below and see what they transformed for the Quarantine Upcycle!

Through a Vintage



A Vintage Flare Farmhouse



The House House



Stilettos and Shiplap



Jessica B. Simmons



Le Cultivateur


I will be making tweaks to pieces in our bedroom and will be sure to share.  Stay tuned!


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31 thoughts on “Upcycled Lamps to Candleholders”

  1. They turned out amazing! I think the crowns were the perfect finish!

  2. Such a great idea to make candleholders out of unused lamps! You are a painting wizard, always making everything come to life and shine with paint! Love this project!!!

  3. I absolutely love how these turned out! Great job. That final touch you did with the champagne color really made all the difference and highlighted the amazing details on these pieces.

  4. Love how your candlesticks turned out, Cindy! <3 I made some pretty much the same way you did a couple of years ago. Great project!!! Enjoy yours…

    Have a lovely week,
    Barb 🙂

  5. Oh, Cindy, what a splendid job you made of those old lamps! I love the colour and they really are stunning! I can’t do things like that any more because my hands don’t work well for me any longer but it’s great fun to see yours. Enjoy! I hope you’re keeping well.

  6. Cindy, you are so talented! The candlesticks are absolutely gorgeous and very French looking, I love the color you chose. You did a beautiful job!

  7. Cindy, I love this DIY. The color is perfect and you have great vision. Glad you’re staying safe and that your husband is home. NYC isn’t a great place to be right now…

  8. This is so crazy cool, Cindy! They don’t even look like the same pieces. You are super talented when it comes to painting and adding layers of aged goodness. I just love these, well done! Hugs, CoCo

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