Candlesticks from Repurposed Lamp Parts

I have one board on Pinterest for ideas for items created from lamp parts. It has hundreds!

One of my personal favorites is candlesticks (maybe “candlestands” because I don’t limit myself to posts or “sticks”)

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For example, this pair of Art Deco-style light shades make great candle holders and would look fabulous on a dinner table dressed to create a certain sleek look like a New Year’s Eve Buffet

This rustic-looking candlestick came from a lamp I bought at a Thrift Store for the shade. The stand was a hideous (IMHO) colour so I grabbed a cloth I had used to wipe up a paint spill and invented a new (to me, at least) paint technique – the swipe.

I got distracted when I went to get a clean paint brush and when I got back it had dried like this. A kind of self-distressed thing. I liked it.

And since I’ve started this candlestick pairing thing (whole new line of interior décor), I would use this when serving hearty Irish Stew and rustic, whole grain loaf.

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The oldest  and my favorite of these candlesticks is this gorgeous metal pillar. I bought the lamp for $8 at a thrift store with this result in mind. It was the first time I single-handedly dismantled anything electric and it took a long time.

But you learn with experience – and in addition to still having parts available to use on other projects, I have used this candlestick on indoor and outdoor tables and in the garden (and it doubles beautifully as support for a fruit basket or cutting board with cloche). But most of the time it lives on my bedroom nightstand.

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And, of course, to really appreciate a candlestand, the candles should be lit, right?

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Winter Wrap Tea Cosy

Since trashing my 12 year old tea cosy two years ago I have been improvising ways to keep my tea hot. If I have no company I’ll just wrap a tea towel around the pot.

While cleaning my closet recently I found an extra Winter Olympics toque and scarf. Just as I was thinking the date ruled out future gift giving the tea kettle whistled and an idea formed.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The scarf became a patriotic table runner.

 A couple of tidy snips on the toque seams and voila – from toque to tea cosy.

Can’t wait to have friends over to watch international winter sports competitions (or just an après ski high tea) and admire these fun, patriotic décor accessories.