Author: LInda

Chalkboard Art

I now know why adult colouring books are so popular! These little signs are very similar and are relaxing and fun to do. SUPPLIES: white graphite paper (transfer paper) board painted black with Cottage Paint Black Jelly Roll white pen white charcoal pencil white pencil crayon ball-point pen to trace on the design printed design sized to fit the board… Read more →

Piping with Texture Paste

This is way more fun than icing a cake! I do thin the paste just a little with about a teaspoonful of water to 1/4 cup of paste. You want it to flow nicely but not to flow out too much – it should hold a nice peak. I like to use a #2 tip that you can buy at… Read more →

Offer Painting Classes!

When a store opens in an area, there is an immediate need for beginner classes. There are always a few brave soles who will just buy the paint, and with a few short verbal instructions or 10 minutes in front of a YouTube video, go home and try it. But the majority of people would rather take a class and… Read more →

Fun Little ‘Vintage’ Signs

These little signs have been a huge success! Simple to make and inexpensive, they are well within the reach of  anyone with very modest woodworking and computer skills! Supplies: 3.5 and/or 5.5 inch constructions grade boards hammer, saw and drill with 1/8 – 1/4 inch drill bit paint, sandpaper putty knife or scraper jute or wire Orange Oil and a spoon Step 1:… Read more →

Tap handle switch for Edison Lamps

Not being an electrician by any stretch, it took me quite a while to figure out how to make this work. Not to mention looking a little deranged in Home Depot by asking for the ‘impossible’ part! As it turned out (or on?), the magic ingredient  is one thin little washer that fits perfectly on the switch and then inside… Read more →

Mixing Colours Part 2

It’s always fun to mix colours and makes painting a new piece even more exciting! Here are some fresh new combos you might like to try. Just a reminder, though, be sure to mix the colours 1 part to 1 part (1:1) just in case you didn’t mix enough to complete your project and you need to mix more. I would love… Read more →

A Garden in the Mirror

I really don’t enjoy winter! As of Dec 22 the days started getting longer and I for one, can’t wait for spring! I love to garden and dream of the day when I can get my hands dirty again. Next best thing: how would it be, if every time you looked in the mirror, it would seem as though you… Read more →

Edison Bulb Light Fixture

Ever since I saw these fixtures on Google, I just had to make one for over my kitchen island. I just LOVE the look of the old fashioned filament bulbs! This is going to be a class – if I can do it, you can! Cost will be around $130 for the kit and class 🙂 Supplies: Step One: Paint the… Read more →

Make Candle Pillars from Spindles and Milk Paint

Building the candle pillar:

As I mentioned on Facebook, I got all these old spindles – which were actually old bed posts – because I just couldn’t resist! Then, what to do with them? I don’t have access to any fancy tools so whatever I decided on, had to be very easy. The simplest thing to do was to cut them to different lengths for candle pillars.


Sounds easy right? Well, not so much! They are tapered, which meant that it was very difficult to cut a STRAIGHT line. After a little trial and error – mostly error and a couple or rejects- I managed to make a few cuts that were acceptable – not perfect, but…. if you turn them just right, they look straight! The good thing was, the wood is soft so the cutting part wasn’t too hard. A bit of a workout but okay.

The next issue was stability. You can’t put a burning candle on top of something that will tip over if you look at it sideways. Did I mention that I don’t have any fancy tools? Well, Home Depot to the rescue. They have caps for fence posts that are pre-cut and cheap. But (there’s always a ‘but’ isn’t there), they needed a flat board on the top to screw the pillar to. After a little hunting, I found a perfect board to cut up for this. Applied white glue, taped it to keep it together tightly and then left it over night to dry.

The next step was to drill a hole through the top of the base and into the base of the pillar. A nice long screw (2 inch) made for a very secure fit.

To attach the candle on the top of the pillar, I hammered an 1 1/2 inch finishing nail (no head) part way into the center. The candle just happened to have a little dimple in the center of it’s base that allowed me to just push it down onto the nail. Voila! a nice tight fit (the candle shouldn’t be put on until the painting is done, but I just had to see how it looked!)

Next Step: Painting with Painter Sisters Milk Paint

I just love that old chippy and distressed look on some things. These were the perfect pieces to use this method on. I used my ‘Painter Sisters’ Milk Paint to get this look using Black is Black and White Rabbit. The original finish on the pillars is some kind of old shellac and the milk paint just does not like to stick to that finish! You just never know until you try it whether or not the paint will chip so go ahead and try it on yours. If you’re using unfinished spindles from the lumber store, the paint will stick really well and NOT chip – so best to find some old, used ones with a finish on them.

Apply 2 coats of each colour and then let the chipping begin (chipping often won’t happen until the second coat). When the paint is dry, you will see it lifting here and there. Sand the whole thing lightly with fine sandpaper to remove all the loose bits – it’s messy so be prepared.

Use #CottagePaint flat wax to seal the pieces – if they are still a bit chippy, sand again lightly and reapply the wax. That’s it!

I found some really nice ribbon and red and gold beaded trim at Home Depot made by Martha Stewart. She has a very nice collection of Christmas trims and ribbon. They will look wonderful for Christmas and then I can change them up after the season with something else.