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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra

Today’s project might look familiar because I originally shared the tutorial for this copper pipe candelabra on Remodelaholic earlier this summer. But if you missed it there in June, never fear because you can enjoy it here today!

You will need:

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Supplies for Copper Pipe Candelabra

(8) 1/2” copper elbows – these come in a bag of 10 for $3.50
(5) 3/4” x 1/2” copper couplings – $2.30 each = $11.50
(3) 1/2” copper pressure tees – $1.20 each = $3.60
(1) 10’ x 1/2” copper pipe – $10
JB Weld Kwik Weld
Pipe Cutter

Copper parts total: $28

Step 1: Cut your copper pipe pieces

Cut List for Copper Pipe Candelabra

You will need to use your pipe cutter to cut seven 6” pieces, two 5” pieces, and six 2.5” pieces. I like to mark my cut line with sharpie and then lay the cutter on a flat surface and rotate the pipe through.

cutting copper pipe

Step 2: Build the candelabra’s base

Gather your cut pieces (all pieces EXCEPT three of the 6” pieces and the two 5” pieces), your elbows and tees to form the base of the candelabra.

How to Build the Base Copper Candelabra

That picture shows a dry-fitting of the pieces – four 6” pieces, six 2.5” pieces, eight elbows, and three tees. Make sure everything looks good, and then mix up some of your two-part epoxy (JB Weld). Use a popsicle stick or the end of a plastic utensil to apply the epoxy to the fittings. The epoxy dries fairly quickly, so mix up small batches.

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How to Build the Base Copper Candelabra2

Step 3: Build the arms of the candelabra

Use your epoxy to attach the coupling pieces to the top of the four 6” pieces and two 5” pieces you set aside earlier.

How to Build the Arms Copper Candelabra

Step 4: Attach the candelabra arms to the base

Again, use epoxy to attach the arms to the base of the candelabra. I used the three 6” arms on the back side, and the two 5” arms on the front (see picture). If necessary, use a box to prop the arm upright in a level position while the epoxy dries.

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All finished! I didn’t seal my copper pipe with any kind of a protective coating, because I love the patina the copper achieves over time. If you want to keep it shiny and new, you can polish it up with extra-fine steel wool and then seal with a clear coating!

P.S. My “table runner” is a roll of embossed paintable wallpaper – I decided that I needed a white background for my little photo shoot and I ended up I falling in love with the texture paired with the copper and the rest of my dining room elements!

This copper candelabra was such a fun addition to my dining room! I love the way it echoes the burl table’s tones, the mirrors above the mantel, and it plays so nicely with my new diy marbled credenza

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Copper is also perfect for fall, so if you’ve been wanting to add some copper to your décor, it would look lovely on your Thanksgiving table or mantel!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thrift Score Thursday 37 & Remodelaholic Contributor Post

Hello you guys! Welcome to another fantastic week of #thriftscorethursday!

Before we jump into the thrifted goodies, I want to share that I’m over on Remodelaholic again today, posting about an easy, colorful update to my white and gold leaf credenza that I recently moved into my dining room. I hope that when you’re finished reading here, you’ll hop over there to check out my DIY Marbled Credenza Makeover! Bonus: it makes an appearance alongside today’s thrift score as well!

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Back to #thriftscorethursday!

Our guest host this week is my sweet friend Corinna from For My Love Of. I think I first found her blog through Thrift Score Thursday (I featured her gorgeous midcentury china cabinet score way back in week 5!), and I love her boho thrifted, vintage style! She’s been finding some amazing things on Craigslist recently (check her Instagram) and just shared a tutorial for making the most adorable mini wallhanging ornaments that I can’t wait to use on my Christmas tree.

TST guest host Corinna

If this is your first #thriftscorethursday, strap in tight! And welcome to our hashtag party in celebration of all things thrifted, vintage and secondhand!

To join in, simply share a picture of any recent thrifty find on Instagram or Twitter (or both!) using  #thriftscorethursday!

The Facts:

- You can share any thrifty finds with us – whether they hail from a thrift store, Craigslist, estate sale, garage sale, side of the road, or apartment dumpster! The fun, the funny, the awesome, the odd - this hashtag party is open to all!
- Feel free to use #thriftscorethursday any day of the week! We'll be keeping up with the hashtag all week long to find our favorites for the following Thursday.
- Each week, Trisha from Black and White Obsession and I will pick a favorite thrift score or two to feature! So please note that by linking up with #thriftscorethursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

The Features:

I don’t normally pick a Thrift Score Thursday theme, but this week is all about the chairs! I guess I just have chairs on the mind as I’m currently searching for the perfect midcentury modern pair for my living room makeover. I would be thrilled to find a pair of any of these!

I love these curved midcentury chairs shared by Instagrammer AllQdUp! She was lucky enough to grab a set of four and I think they will just be stunning all cleaned up!

thriftscorethursday allqdup midcentury chairs

I just recently followed Casacavaliere on Instagram and our decorating tastes are totally on the same wavelength! Leopard, brass, malachite… She found a pair of leopard Milo Baughman chairs at the Salvation Army for just $30 each! So good it hurts!

thriftscorethursday casacavaliere milo baughman leopard chair

Sabrina from Retro Future Furniture (Instagram: futuristichuman) is at it again with her amazing vintage finds! I’m so in love with this perfect sunny yellow midcentury arm chair! I’ll take two please!

thriftscorethursday futuristichuman yellow midcentury chair

My Find:

I spotted this mirror at a thrift store recently and made a beeline for it right away.

Earlier this summer, I would have walked right by and not given it a second glance. But in doing some research on a midcentury dresser for Brynne’s List, I ran across the Bassett Mayan collection – a beautiful series featuring Aztec-inspired carvings. So I recognized the design on the mirror instantly and happily scooped it up.

That week, I was shooting pictures for my Remodelaholic post and the mirror was exactly what I needed above the credenza. I’m not sure whether it will stay in the dining room permanently or make an appearance in my living room makeover… We’ll see!

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thriftscorethursday bassett mayan mirror

What about you? What have you found recently? I can’t wait to see!

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Be sure to check out the finds and features from Trisha, Cassie and Corinna!

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Thrift Score Thursday <br /><br />Cassie
TST guest host Corinna

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DIY Agate Slice and Copper Wall Sconces

So here’s the deal: I’m excited about today’s post.

I know I say that about every post, and it is the honest truth – if I’m not excited about a project or post, I don’t want to share it – but it is especially true for this post today. Extra-excited.

I’ve been in a slump for a while.

Slump is such a mild way to put it. Quite honestly, I have been anxious and depressed. Astute readers might have gathered as much from paragraphs here or there. It was a rough summer, and the end of summer didn’t bring the peace and rejuvenation I had hoped. For weeks I kept up with this blog by way of Thrift Score Thursday and not much else. I felt like every ounce of creativity had been sucked out of me like those last droplets of juice-flavored air from a child’s Capri Sun. There was no inspiration or motivation left. I didn’t even want to create. But I wanted to want to create. Frustrating. Soul-numbing.

As we headed out the door on a long car ride several weeks ago, I grabbed a small stack of favorite old Elle Décor issues to pass the time. A small part of me was hopeful that what had once been such a source of enjoyment and inspiration could perhaps spark some creativity again.

And there it was on the page of an issue from March 2012 – a blue and gold agate slice wall sconce (designed by Marjorie Skouras), priced at $1650. Each.

If there is anything that gets me excited about DIY, it is lighting. I can’t explain why, but I have a complete fascination with creating my own light fixtures (like this tripod lamp, this industrial pipe light fixture in my kitchen, these Ikea hack wall sconces, and my copper pipe icosahedron pendant light).

And I instantly found myself planning (and, okay, obsessing over) my first DIY project in months, convinced that I could make my own agate slice wall sconces and motivated to figure out how to do so.

Spoiler alert: it happened.

DIY Agate Slice and Copper Wall Sconce | #tutorial #DIY #lighting

DIY agate slice and copper wall sconces |

And for a whole lot less than $3300 for the pair. Thousands less. (Isn’t it nice when you can say that about a project?)

Now, I will be honest and say that this was no entry-level DIY.

It’s definitely not quick or easy or extremely cheap (but hey – I saved thousands), and I called in the big guns on this one – my dad and his arsenal of power tools.

I also can’t one-hundred-percent-honestly call this a “tutorial”, since we definitely flew by the seat of our pants (and boy did those pants get a crash course in aviation!) and some things were completely dependent on the measurement of the particular agate slices I used.

That being said, I did document the process extremely well so if you have a little ambition, imagination and access to certain power tools or power-tool-possessing friends, you can hopefully benefit from our experience!

Note: I NEVER truncate posts and don’t plan to make this a habit, but I’m making an exception today in the interest of my blog’s loading time because this post is so awesomely photo-heavy and involved! But trust me: you are going to want to click to read more!



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