Monday, May 24, 2010

Mirrored Candle Sconces

Well, remember my dining room - the one I had juuuuusssssst about finished? Remember that it still needed one more thing???
That one more thing I needed for the walls were mirrored candle sconces. 
Like this
But a little less modern
more like this - I heart this one but not the price tag :(
These are not terrible expensive (like some I found - $200 each - egad!) - but I'm still not paying $50 each.
This is what I wanted but couldn't find. They were either too expensive OR if they were the right price, they were much too small. I needed something to be about 24 inches tall and around 12 inches wide. I needed it to be a rather substantial piece on the wall. Not a tiny, small, little thing. 
So, since I couldn't find what I wanted - I made it!
First, I pulled out 2 old mirrors I had used when I was attempting a mirror wall - that didn't work out so much but, like any good hoarder decorator I kept all the mirrors!
 Then I went shopping to try and find 2 small taper holders. 
Don't even get me started on how hard that turned out to be. Seriously. Any other time I would see small taper holders everywhere. Except when I am looking for them. *sigh* 
Anywhooo - I settled on two from Hobby Lobby. They were on sale for .99 cents each. 

And I also picked up some Epoxy at Hobby Lobby too.

I was a little intimidated by the Epoxy at first - but the stuff mixes easily and goes on smoothly. I think it's AWESOME now! I'm a believer!
So then I figured out where to Epoxy the taper holders onto all the scroll work on the mirrors. 
Added the Epoxy, put the taper holders on, attempted to keep them level...
and held my breath....

for 5 hours...until I couldn't stand it anymore

And I hung them up
Yes, that is my wine glass. Probably why the picture is off center. oops!

But I'm thrilled with how they turned out!
They stayed up, nothing fell, no drapes caught fire!
Ohmygoodness - my idea works!

Again, these are just teaser shots of the dining room. A real, true reveal is coming...but currently the husband has the dining room as a work surface as he is re-doing the windows in our bedroom. He scrapes and sands outside...then brings them inside to stain one side and paint the other - in the dining room. Ah....such is life when you are renovating a home!
When he is finished with all that craziness I will do a dining room reveal post!

My lesson in all of this was that if you can't find what you want - make it! This project cost me $5.50 - $2 for the 2 taper holders and $3.50 for the Epoxy!

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  1. I love it! They turned out great, and you couldn't have bought anything better! I love your chandelier; drippy and beautiful!

  2. Nice project. I would love it if you would link this up in Modern Craftswoman Monday. Very well done. Rory

  3. I'm so glad it worked, too! The mirrors look lovely and with the candle, it adds such a "romantic" look! I love it. Great job.

  4. So pretty and so clever! Great job!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity in the DIY Project Parade!


  5. Thanks for sharing and helping to make this the most successful Modern Craftswoman Monday so far! Rory