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Vintage Candle Sconces Made New

Hey there, friends! It’s a new day and I’m excited to be back here with you. Back about a year ago, a friend of mine gave me a large bin of items from a lady’s estate. Most all of the loot was thrifted wooden items that you guys know I love to play around with. This pair of vintage candle sconces is some of the last bit left of that haul. Now, they just need some jazzing up. Right?

Vintage Candle Sconces Before by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Actually, I was first drawn to this set because of their simple, rustic look. However, I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be fun to take these to a new level?” So, without resisting my temptation, I am diving in to change this set up.

DIY TIME

My goal is to show you how to take what you already own or find at a thrift store or garage sale and make it your own. First, I begin making my appliques. If you’ve not seen this type of thing before, you can see my past projects using these molds: HERE.

Making Appliques with Iron Orchid Molds and Paper Clay | prodigalpieces.com

This time around, I’m using paper clay. However, I’ve used hot glue and they can even be used for food too. See the video demo below.

Paper Clay Clock Applique by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I take apart the vintage candle sconces so I can work with each part separately. Then, I grab my favorite brushes and add a coat of base paint.

Painting Vintage Candle Sconces | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEPS

While the clay and paint cure, I spray paint the hardware with a pretty antique bronze metallic paint. Also, I make a couple of beaded tassels from some thrifted cotton crochet thread and something with my old salvaged gutter metal. I’ve also used it on my rustic birdhouses. See if you can notice it in the end result in a minute.

Cutting Salvaged Gutter Metal for Art | prodigalpieces.com

Last, I add a whitewash to the sconces, followed by a bit of distressing and dark wax to add depth.

Whitewashing Candle Sconces | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

Here is my set of vintage candle sconces made new. Aren’t they fun now?

Farmhouse Style Candles Sconces with Beaded Tassels by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecro

Pair of Vintage Candle Sconces with Farmhouse Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse #vintage

These were so fun for me to do. I hope you enjoyed what I did to make them new too.

Pair of Vintage Candle Sconces by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse

The rustic vintage vibe is gone and hello to rustic chic. The appliques really helped take it to a new level. Then, the finish gives it texture, while the beaded garland softens it a bit.

Handmade Candle Sconce by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #rustic #chic #homedecor

Pair of Farmhouse Chic Candle Sconces by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #homedecor #diy #farmhouse #rusticchic

If you would like to own this set as your own, you can find them available in my online shop. (SOLD)

Shop Prodigal Pieces Furniture, Vintage Finds, Handmade Goods, & Supplies for your home | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Also, do pin and share this DIY fun to inspire others too.

Wowza! These vintage candle sconces were dull and dated, but are not rustic chic. See the tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #rusticchic

Up next, it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! I’ll be giving this thrifted tray a brand new look. See the video tutorial HERE.

Thrifted Bed Tray Before by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Comments

  1. Cheryl r Atkinson says

    Larissa, you have the most creative mind that I have seen. I wish I did. What an awesome makeover.

    • Larissa says

      Cheryl, you sure know how to make a gal smile. 😀 Thank you for that!

  2. Paula says

    These sconces are so romantic! They are “improved vintage” because they look like they could have come from long ago, but they are better. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Shelley S says

    Very nice! And I love the metal at the base of the candle, it adds that perfect romantic touch!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I felt like it needed a little something to add oomph. 😉

  4. Mary Loveland says

    Well done and very very attractive.

    • Larissa says

      I’m delighted to hear you think so, Mary. These were fun!

  5. Abby says

    Those are beautiful! It’s funny, I currently have a candle thing… a sconce? I’m not sure. It has 2 candle holding spots coming out of one single thing that hangs on a wall. I’m not really up on the titles of these things, haha! I thought it was pretty but dated, and I am planning to paint it and put solar lights on it where the candles were and hang it in my garden!

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