How to Age New Candleholders in One Step

Can’t find the perfect old candleholders but don’t want to use brand new ones, either?  I’m sharing today how to age new candleholders in just one step!

how to age new candleholders in just one step

Hello, again!

I’m back from Making Joy and Pretty Things to share my last little DIY before the birth of my 3rd child (but 1st daughter!!).  She is due in just 4 weeks (eek!).

We have spent the last few weeks/months totally redoing her nursery from a little boy’s room to the most perfect farmhouse nursery.  You can read all about the progress and DIYs we have done here.

And in case you’re curious, here are some pictures from the renovation so far!!

Well, after we finished her farmhouse shelves (tutorial coming soon!!), I was having such a hard time styling them.   I needed something tall for her shelves, to offset all the smaller knickknacks I had gathered.

Now, I really wanted to get vintage candleholders.  You know, those tall, ornate ones with the perfect chippy paint.  I searched and searched and just couldn’t find what I wanted.

So, one day while at Michaels, I spotted some really nice (but very new looking) candleholders on clearance.  The smaller one was $6 and the larger one was $9.  They had the pretty details you would see on antique ones, just lacking the antique finish.

how to age new candleholders in just one step I didn’t want to completely cover them with paint then sand them down.  But, I wanted to go with something that looked a little more natural.  Like I had picked them up at the antique store.

So, I grabbed by antique white wax and a paper towel and got to work!

You guys, this is seriously SO simple but makes a huge impact.

Using your paper towel, wipe on a pretty thick coat of the wax.  I did each candleholder in 3 sections.  Once it’s all wiped on, use another clean paper towel to wipe the excess off.

It’s kind of a trial and error process.  The wax dries pretty quickly so you don’t want to leave it on too long.  But, you have to leave it on long enough to actually stick.

how to age new candleholders in just one step

how to age new candleholders in just one step

And that is quite literally it!  Crazy easy, right??

Now, they are going into the nursery but I didn’t want to give that away just yet.  So, here’s the finished candleholders on our living room mantle.


how to age new candleholders in just one step

I absolutely love how they turned out.  It’s amazing what one quick coat of wax will do!

how to age new candle holders in just one step

how to age new candleholders in just one step

Alright, friends.  I will see you again in a few months after little miss Evie arrives!!!!

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About Sarah

I’m Sarah - - a wife, boy-mom, procrastinator, part-time pharmacist, full-time crafting addict and lover of joy-filled days. This is a creative space for all my DIY and home decor projects and making our house a JOYful home.

8 thoughts on “How to Age New Candleholders in One Step

  1. These are lovely, Sarah! I’ve been wanting to “antique” the candlesticks on my mantel but wasn’t sure how to go about it. Problem solved! Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Hi Sarah, first of all congratulations on the impending birth of your daughter!! What a thrill. I raised 2 girls and I can tell you it’s a fun journey. Next, your idea for the candle stick holder is great! I’m going to try that soon. First time on your blog, plan to check in again. Best Wishes for you and your family.
    Mom of 3 great kids( not perfect) but great! Karen

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