Old Table/New Candlesticks

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Last week we made a cocktail tray for our friend Jen from an old side table that she wasn’t using anymore.  After finishing that project, we were left with the wooden legs, but Alberto immediately thought of candlesticks!

When we took the legs apart, we realized that they needed additional support to stand up on their own, so we used a couple of pieces of scrap plywood to make them look like the original braces. We also decided to paint the candlesticks white to add a pop to Jen’s red dining room. (The picture above is from our own dining room.)

Here’s what we used to make the candlesticks:

  • Old side table legs
  • Scrap plywood
  • White lacquer paint

This is what we needed to put it together:

  • Electric Sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Jigsaw
  • Tack gun

Let’s repurpose a side table (Part Two)!

  • At this point, the table top has been removed from the legs.  Separate the legs from each other.
  • Place a piece of plywood on the saw horses and trace the outline onto the wood. Do this for the other three legs.

Cut it out!

  • Using a Jigsaw, cut out the pieces of plywood.  These will be the other support legs for the candlesticks.
  • Using an electric sander, sand all sides of the legs.

  • Place one of the legs at the bottom of one of the table legs.  Be sure that the bottom of the leg is even with the bottom of the balluster. With a staple gun, place two staples at the top of the leg going into the baluster.
  • Turn the leg over, and place two stapes in the bottom of the balluster going into the leg.
  • Repeat this step for the other side of the balluster, the second candlestick.

Drill Time!

  • To make the candleholders, clamp the balluster to a table and using a 3/4 drill bit, drill a hole in the center of the top of the balluster. Drill about 3/4-inch deep at least.
  • Repeat on the other ballister.
  • Lightly sand all surfaces of the candlestick.  This will help the paint cling to the surface.


  • Use wood filler to fill in any cracks or imperfections.
  • Once the paint filler is dry, sand off any excess.
  • Place the candlesticks on a clean surface.
  • Spray paint the entire candlestick.  Be sure to paint the underside.
  • Apply several coats.

Cocktail Break!

As usual, paint must dry.  While it does, we must do something, and for us, that something is a cocktail break! We are VERY ready for the warmer weather and there’s nothing better than the Tropical Inferno –it always feels like summer with this cocktail!

How very enlightening!

To finish the sticks, just apply several coats and insert the candles! This project is very easy.  Plus, they were cheap because we used leftover materials. Better yet, they make a HUGE impact on the table.  We hope Jen loves them!


2 Responses to Old Table/New Candlesticks

  1. Book Club Girl says:

    I do, I do!! I think they’ll look amazing on our dining room table. Now I just need a toile runner…… 😉
    thank you!

  2. Christy Hackett says:

    You guys are great, I watching The Rachael Ray show yesterday, she had on two brothers doing a DIY project, you are better than them, you should send some of your posts to her show ……….


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