DIY Pedestal

January has been a fun month  for me.
I've been trying to finish up projects that have been sitting around the house waaaay too long.



Last year I bought this really thick candle stick from Ikea intending to make it into a pedestal and I finally made that happen.
I bought a wood disc from the craft store for the top.


First I measured to find the center of the disc and then traced the candle stick 
so I would know where to glue it.
I used Gorilla Crazy glue to attach the candle stick to the wood disc.


The disc I bought had a hole in it for making it into a clock face, so I just used
 some putty and filled the hole in.
Next I painted the disc black and sanded down the candle stick lightly so paint would adhere to it easier.
You also could just prime the whole thing, but I didn't have any primer around.


I painted the whole thing gray to start with.


Next I started dry brushing white paint on.
I wanted to show you how bad it looks at this point. 
You have to play with it quite a bit to get it looking how you want.


Finally I liked the amount of white on the piece.
I had to wipe down my brush quite a bit so the white coat went on very lightly.


I could have just left it as it was, but I wanted to add a bit of depth to the piece so I mixed some black acrylic paint with furniture wax and then rubbed it all over the pedestal.


Here is a closer look at how the darkened wax changed the look of the piece.
I think it looks a bit like zinc.
Finally I sprayed poly on the pedestal.


The completed pedestal!
So it is finally finished, now what do I do with this thing?


Hmmmm, any suggestions?


School was cancelled today because the roads are so icy in Houston...please help!
Just kidding!
I love it when my kiddos are home. :)
Stay safe and warm my pretties.

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23 comments:

  1. Lisa, the display is beautiful, but you might want to double check the meaning of the words in your "Ikea" sentence. I'm pretty sure you didn't mean "pederast". :)

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    1. Thanks Kara! I just edited the post again and found an embarrassing amount of typos! Hopefully I've found them all and corrected them.

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  2. This looks great....what a neat idea!! Love the display and the wood background!

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  3. Great idea Lisa! Love the look of your pedestal.
    Hugs,
    Vesna

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  4. Lisa,
    The pedestal came out great. Love the look you gave it. Have fun with the kiddo's home.
    Kris

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  5. Your new pedestal turned out great! Isn't it great to finish projects. My boys are home today too - -25 wind chills - too cold to be outside for any length of time. I was so happy to not have to get up early :) I kinda like snow days too!

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  6. What a great idea, it really looks great!

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  7. It's funny that you have had the pedestal for so long. I can hardly remember why I bought some of the things I have. I love the pedestal you made and the paint finish you put on it. Useful for so many things - food, candles and your flowers. :)

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  8. So clever! It does look like zinc! Hard to believe you are having icy weather, it is sweltering here, ice would be most welcome. Xx Sharon

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  9. That turned out great...looks like you bought it at a high end store.

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  10. I love the way that turned out! It looks perfect.

    Kathy

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  11. It's beautiful and I love the lavender on top - one of my favorites to grow.

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  12. It's beautiful Lisa and I actually think it looks so pretty the way that you have it with the bunched lavender! It will be great to have for displaying food at parties too!

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  13. Lisa, I love how this turned out! And I think it looks great with the lavender bundle :)
    Susan

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  14. Hi Lisa! I love your pedestal! It does look kinda like zinc. Very nice...I'm sure you will find many uses for it. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us. I saw your post over at "Wow Us Wednesday" blog party.

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  15. I love this project.

    I just bought a mini cloche and I think I need to make a pedestal like yours for my cloche.

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  16. What a good idea! That turned out great, Lisa. Maybe you could use it for candles? :)

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  17. Wow that's so pretty. Looks like an old zinc piece.

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