candlesticks made from stair balusters, easy upgrades around the home for the whole year
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January: Turn Balusters into Candlesticks

With their elaborate turnings and striking height, vintage wood balusters—long parted from the staircases they adorned—make for stately candleholders set up on a hearth. Just as elegant is how little the project can cost: We found our spindles at a salvage yard for $4 and $5 apiece. The shapely holders, evocative of classic candlesticks cast in bronze and iron, are also simple to make. With just a couple of quick cuts, a drilled-out hole, and a coat of polyurethane (which will also encapsulate any residual lead paint), the balusters are ready to mount on a base of stacked 4x4 and 6x6 post caps (a few bucks at home stores), stained to match.

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