As part of my master bathroom mini-makeover I decided to use scrap wood from the cornice box above my tub and make these super inexpensive and easy DIY candle holders! Since I used scrap items I only paid for the candles I put on them. So really it doesn’t come much cheaper than this! Just save up your scraps and go for it.
The candle holders were finished in oil rubbed bronze to tie into the bath surround and DIY cornice box that I already posted about the past two weeks. I used my oil rubbed bronze technique that I used on both of those projects.
As you can see in the diagram above, this is really just a frame using the Kreg Jig for pocket screws. Then the inside was scrap foam core and paintable wallpaper. I used leftovers from my DIY cornice. To give the candle holders more visual weight, I used the wider MDF for the bottom of the rectangle. This is something I learned from framing and matting pictures. You always have a wider band on the bottom of the matte. Then I used the smaller width MDF for the top three sides. I used my Kreg Jig pocket hole tool and drilled holes in the back for the pocket holes and simply screwed them together.
Next everything got my extra special oil rubbed bronze treatment, which meant a coat of glossy black paint, followed by Rub ‘n Buff in Spanish Copper which has been thinned down with Turpenoid.
After that I took the wallpaper on foam core (I used scraps from the cornice box). Instructions on this process can be found here. Then I simply hot glued it to the back of the frame. I almost left it as is, without the shelf. I thought it would be interesting just as panels on the wall. But in the end I liked the idea of having a little shelf to rest a vase or candles on. I go back and forth between candles and vases. I haven’t made up my mind yet!
To add the shelf, I just nailed straight down into the frame. Easy as can be! I added picture hanging hardware on the back and it was good to go. I ended up putting my DIY candle holders on the wall in the little room that has our toilet. I thought it fit nicely on the narrow wall. I also ties in the finish on my tub and cornice box into this tiny room.
What do you think? Not bad for scraps and a half hour! Have you ever done any scrap wood projects like this? If so I’d love to see!