DIY Candle Sconce Towel Holder

Welcome to another one of my thrifty find transformations. I bought this candle sconce at a church rummage sale for $4 I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it but I knew I had to get it, if you ever are out thrifty and something catches your eye and it is a good price buy it you will eventually come up with an idea on how you can use it in your home I always tell myself it is catching my eye for a reason, this candle sconce sat for 4 months before came up with an idea on how I would like to use it.I know this will not be for everyone but I just love how it came out it is such a pretty way to hang your hand towel in the bathroom plus it works as a nightlight.

Here is a list of what you will need:

  • Vintage Candle Sconce ($4 at a rummage sale)
  • Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in Ultra Matt White
  • Rust-Oleum Matt Seale
  • Metallic Luster in Iced Expresso by Deco Art
  • Gorilla Contact Adhesive Clear Grip
  • Paintbrush
  • Flower Embellishment
  • 6” Timer Candle (Amazon)
  • Greenery Napkin Ring (Hobby Lobby)

Painting The Sconce

I started by unscrewing and removing the part of the sconce that holds the candle then I gave everything a good washing to make sure they were clean before I painted them.  Once I had the pieces washed and dried I took them out side and gave them two coats of Rust-Oleum 2X paint and primer in the color Ultra Matt White, letting them dry in-between coats.

Adding The Embellishment And Antiquing

I wanted to add some embellishments in the center of my sconce so I made my own using the air dry molding clay and a rose silicone mold, if you would like to see how to make your own embellishments check out my blog titled DIY Craft Appliques, you can also just use a wood embellishments or skip adding any that is up to you.  I made my embellishments the night before so they would be dry for the next day then I took them outside and gave them two coats of the same paint I used on the sconce once it was dried I used the Gorilla contact adhesive clear coat to glue them into place, I let the glue cure for an hour before I moved onto the next step. 

After lettering the glue cure I reattached the candle holder part I removed earlier, then I wanted to give the sconce a antique look so I decided to use metallic luster in the color iced espresso by Deco Art, if you have never used this you have to give it a try I have used it on so many projects I have done.  To add the metallic luster just add a small amount on your paintbrush then lightly begin adding to the areas you would like to antique, if you think you added to much to one spot take a rag and rub some off, I went light in some spots and darker on others.

Sealing And Finishing Touches

After I finished antiquing the sconce I took it back outside and applied two coats of a gloss sealer by Rust-Oleum, I sealed both the front and back.  After the sconce dried I placed a 6” battery operated timer tapper candle into the candle holder (I buy these from Amazon, you can find the link on my recommended products page), I felt it needed a little color and a candle ring I was so happy when I remembered I had greenery napkin rings that I bought at Hobby Lobby and it worked just great as a candle ring and it gave that little bit of color I was looking for.  I hung the sconce on the wall next to the bathroom sink and added a hand towel.

I hope you have enjoyed this transformation of the candle sconce, this was one of my Thrifty Thursdays projects, I love taking a thrifty item and changing it up and giving it a different purpose.

I hope to inspire you to look at thrifty items in a different way and see what potential they have to become something else.

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