Thursday, June 13, 2013

DIY or Die: Black Lace Candle Holders


I picked up these mirrored candle holders at Goodwill a few years ago and promptly gave them a face lift with some gold craft paint and scrapbook paper. That was back in the day when I went through a brief Shabby Chic phase and my apartment looked far better suited for a 90 year old woman than a 19 year old girl. Seriously, friends used to refer to my apartment as "the old lady house." The fact I lived alone and spent most of my free time baking, crocheting and watching Murder, She Wrote probably didn't help my cause, but whatever. My cupcakes are delicious and Jessica Fletcher is a bad ass.


Needless to say, I've shifted very far away from that style of decor, and I've slowly been redoing my space to more accurately reflect my current taste. I'm kind of going for a Wednesday Addams meets modern vintage type thing, I think, but really I'm just making shit up and decorating as I go along. These candle holders were one of the first projects I tackled when revamping my bedroom so it no longer looks like a mismatched mess of bachelor pad proportions. I didn't want to waste money buying new ones when I loved the design of these and had everything I needed to give them a makeover chilling in my craft stash.

Since this project was insanely easy, I didn't take any photos of the process and I don't think it really requires detailed instructions. I simply removed the mirrors from their built-in frames and spray painted the holders using an all-purpose paint. While the paint was drying, I stretched the lace across the front of the mirrors, wrapped it over and tacked it in place on the back with a few drops of hot glue. Once everything was dry and ready to go, I popped the mirrors back in and boom! All finished.


I love that the mirrors show subtly through the lace and I'm overall very pleased with the results, though I'm kind of wishing I had used a high-gloss finish instead of satin. I should also note that I have never actually burned any candles on these holders and I just use them for something pretty to look at. If you make something similar and decide to light up, I make no promises that the candles will not catch the fabric on fire and burn your house down.


I've finished a couple of different projects and still have a few more I'm working on that I'll be sharing soon. Some are simple projects like this one, while others will require a bit more tutorial writing on my end. I'm most excited to show you guys what I did to a lamp I dug out of the trash, the upcycled curtains I made using a spare bed sheet and the handmade knobs I'm working on for my new dresser!

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