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Pottery Barn Knock-Off Candle Pillar

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Inspirations and ideas can come from anywhere, even when you’re not looking for them.  I saw this “Architectural Pillar Holder” while flipping through the Pottery Barn catalog.  It looked interesting and it got me thinking about all the pieces of wood, extra moulding, trim, and old picture frames I have lying around.  What a good way to repurpose some of those “left overs” and make something functional and attractive.  And who doesn’t like a Pottery Barn knock off project?

From Pottery Barn $49.00

I started with this piece of wood I bought at Habitat Restore a while ago.  It was only $1.00, so it had to come home with me.  I believe it is a piece used in stair railings, but I don’t know what it’s call.  The top was cut off to have a flat surface to set a candle on.

I bought this “window” at a junk yard almost two years ago.  Never found a home for it, so I took it apart and it became the base to my pillar.

Miter cutting all these pieces was not the easiest thing for me.  It took awhile to wrap my head around which way to lay the wood down on the saw to get the right cut.  But I got the hang of it.  I kept going, making small squares out of frames and moulding and stacked them up on top of each other.  I used Elmer’s Multi-Purpose All Glue, because that’s what I had on hand.  (It’s not the “school” Elmer’s glue)  If I had wood glue, I would have used that instead.  But since I wanted this project to be “free”, I used only what I already had  Mr. Elmer worked great.  It’s not coming apart.

I continued to stack the moulding and trim until I got the look and height I wanted. After the glue dried for a couple of hours, I sanded and spackled some of the rough edges. Then the whole thing was spray painted a satin white. (took 3 coats) Once the paint dried, I sanded the edges to distress it a bit then rubbed “distress ink” on the edges to give it that “aged” look.  I think it looks pretty cool. 

This was fun to make.  I still have left over trim and old picture frames!  I see more candle pillars in my future. ; )  



2 responses »

  1. That turned out beautifully and the price *sniff* wonderful. I bought a lot of wood trim from a garage sale last year and now I have new inspiration to use the left-over peices! I saw in a previous post you used Annie Sloan chalk paint? I found a recipe for a diy version that’s working very well for me (I can’t compare it to AS as 1. we don’t have a store here that carries it and 2. I just can’t pay that, lol.) you mix: 1 part Plaster of Paris with 2 parts latex paint and mix v-e-r-y well. You can add a little water to thin it out, but it seems to make it a bit harder to distress. You may have to sand between coats, but I’m willing to do that if it means I can save a little cash. I did a desk on my blog (diy nerd) using my home made chalk paint and I love the way it turned out. Thank you for such an inspiring blog! And p.s. that doll-house is a little girls dream! I hope to one day make one for my two girls; I can only hope it turns out half as beautifully. Hope you have a great weekend!

    • Thank you for the lovely comment! Love the name of your blog! I will have to try the recipe for chalk paint. I bought a can of it because I had heard so much about it. But it is pricey! Hope you have a wonderful weekend too. 🙂


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