Look around the room you’re in. Is there something that needs beef up? A forgotten candle sconce was lost in the powder room.
This is how I fix that problem.
Do you remember when houses were defined as a 4 room house, or 6 room house?
Now when we discuss the size of a house by the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. I wonder if it changed with indoor plumbing?
It’s hard to feel special and stand out with so many rooms. Especially if you’re a lonely candle sconce.
But add a rustic plaque and anything feels special.
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The lonely candle sconce
Here’s the sad lonely wire candle sconce. It’s nothing very special. The “crystals” are in fact glass. It’s dusty. It was left hanging in a bathroom. Forgotten and dusty.
It didn’t even have candles!
Need a tissue yet? Sniff, sniff.
Making a rustic plaque
To give it life, excitement and something to “hang” with, I made a rustic plank wood plaque.
The steps I used to make the wood plaque
- Cut 1 by 2 boards into 8 pieces about 24 inches long. Notice about, I wanted a jagged top and bottom.
- Then cut a broken spindle to about 24 inches.
- Next, I cut to pieces of scrap wood to 12 inches. These will hold the plaque together.
- I laid these pieces down and then line the 24-inch pieces across them.
- Insert the spindle between a couple of boards.
- Glue the boards in place using a quality wood glue. Clamp in place until dry.
- Add a picture hanger to the back.
This wood glue is enough to hold the plaque together without nails.
I then aged the wood using my favorite technique to age wood. I added steel wool to a cup of vinegar and let it sit for 24 hours. Then I made a cup of black tea. I painted the wood with the tea. Let dry. Then painted with the “ironed” vinegar.
You can read more about the aging wood technique here.
This area of the wood needed a photo op! I liked the grain effect so much I changed my plans for the rustic wood plank plaque!
One area of wood changed the painting plans
I was planning on painting over the “old” wood with white chalk-based type paint.
Then sand the paint back to reveal the aged wood.
Instead, I dry brushed over the now aged wood with cream chalk-based paint. Then added a highlight layer with white.
I hung it back up in the bathroom… :/
Actually, it got a downgrade! It’s in the powder room. But, more visual to guests. 😀
A couple of chunky tea light candles were plopped on top. I bought battery stick candles but I haven’t covered them yet with wax.
I covered them with washi tape. Not realizing the battery candle were LED…I added washi tape to the flames!
Tones the candles down a bit.
Even with the downgrade to the powder room, the candle sconce is feeling pretty special.
It told me so! 😀
It’s ridiculous but I just realized our house has four toilets. There are only two of us.
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