Bookshelves have always been a challenge for me. One I figured out a little pattern for styling it started to become easier. Believe it or not bookshelves are not just for books…gasp! Everyday things you have around your house like candlestick, spindles, and orbs are all perfect ways to add depth and character to your shelves. This little DIY plant stand is so easy and affordable you just have to try it!
- Small candlestick (mine was 25 cents from a thrift store. SCORE!)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Small wood plaque
- Wood Stain
- Old rag
- Paint color of your choice
Start by staining your wood plaque. Use an old rag or paintbrush to apply a thin coat over the entire surface of the plaque. I recommend do the bottom of the plaque as well.
Then, we move on to the distressing technique. Honestly, if you’re satisfied with the look of the stain you could skip this step. If you wanna try your hand at distressing, dry brushing is easiest technique out there.
Grab your paint and paintbrush and just barely dip the ends of the brush in paint. Less is more for dry brushing. Paint right over the stain in a cross-hatching motion, careful not to cover stain completely.
After applying your thin coat of paint, grab your sandpaper start sanding the edges of your plaque. Anywhere you want to look a bit worn just remove a little paint. I like to expose a little of the natural wood color underneath. It makes new wood look like it has been ageing over the years.
Once you’re satisfied with your distressing it’s time to attached your candlestick to your plaque using hot glue or any other strong adhesive you have handy.
It’s really that stinkin’ easy! Style it with a cute little plant, or use it for a candle, the possibilities are endless here!
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