Contemporary design is distinguished by simple and clean lines — an inherent minimalism that may be represented in a home’s floor plan, in the furniture and even in the smallest of details. A modern home is never thick with decoration; its own beauty lies in the simplicity and clean lines of your items. A candelabra seldom siphoned this style, usually evoking images of gaudy and gilded parlors. This weekend job puts a modern twist on the traditional candelabra. It celebrates the simple form and material of a timber block while being functional for use in a dining room or foyer.
The block of timber you pick out does not have to be special or expensive. Find something in your neighborhood hardware shop and have it cut down. This piece of timber is 5 inches by 6 inches by 18 inches. If you would like the wood to have a certain tone or to match different woods in your house, you can stain it afterwards. Scrap pieces work too. The knots and imperfections can increase this piece’s beauty. Celebrate them!
• Wood block
• Power drill and various size drill bits
• Wood blot
• Acrylic paint
• Painter’s tape
• Sponge brush
1. Use sandpaper to even out the surface of the wood block. It should be smooth in preparation for staining or painting. This also makes it easier to take care of.
2. Choose a wood stain in a hue you like. You may choose to test the stain on a little section of the timber or on a scrap piece of wood beforehand. The stain used in this example is Antique Walnut. Use a sponge brush to evenly apply the stain to the wood. Follow drying instructions listed on this can. Apply another coat if a deeper hue is wanted.
3. If you’re painting stripes on your own wood block, then use painter’s tape to mark the edge of every stripe. Employ several coats for even coverage and permit lots of drying time between coats and colours. This block is 4 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches.
4. Determine that size drill bits will work with the candles you are going to use. For this instance, the bigger candles had a 3/4-inch drill bit and also the smaller ones had a 1/4-inch piece.
5. Demarcate the middle of this wood block using painter’s tape. Use this as a principle when drilling. You will want to evenly space out the candles. Determine the spacing and mark with a pencil onto the tape.
6. Drill holes into your timber block. Drill them heavy enough so that the candles may stand up without wobbling.
7. Place your candles into the drilled holes. When the candles are still a bit big, shave off a few of the wax in the end using a craft knife.
The stripes on this candelabra have youthful spirit and a fun. If you like to make daring and graphic statements in your decor, this painted version will suit your style.
Hint: As with all candles, do not leave a flame unattended, and keep the flame well away from the foundation.
The stained wood grain adds rustic appeal so that the piece feels hot but still modern.
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