How to Make Spindle Candlesticks from an Old Chair

Create chippy candlesticks from the turned spindles of an old chair! This is an easy project even for power tool newbies!
DIY candlesticks from spindles
Updated 12-22

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I love coming up with creative ways to decorate my home that cost very little (like free!) If you enjoy thrifty home decor ideas, I think you're going to love this project. I turned an old, beat up chair into a set of chippy spindle candlesticks! Keep reading to see how I made them and ideas for decorating for them all year long, including Christmas!

If you're handy with power tools, you're going to be able to whip these DIY candlesticks out in no time! However, for the power tool newbie (that's me ✋✋...and it may be you too), this is about a 2 hour project from start to finish.

Mr DIY is power tool savvy and he usually handles any cutting and drilling, etc that I need done. However, as he was out of town while I was working on these DIY candlesticks, I was on my own. Thankfully he was only a phone call away, as I did need some help!


Let's talk candlesticks for just a sec. We all have them, and they usually cost a pretty penny, especially if they're made of wood! Not these adorable farmhouse chippy ones I made! These ones were super duper cheap! I used the spindles from a discarded chair that had a busted seat. The Dremel Saw Max pictured below made it easy to completely dismantle the chair in just a few minutes! It was like cutting through butter! Look at all those beautiful spindles I cut off this one chair!
old chair

I see chairs like this at the curb all the time! Look for ones with turned legs or a little bit of curve as they make the most pleasing candlesticks. 

I gave these spindles a chippy paint finish (find that tutorial HERE) and decided to turn the larger ones (from the chair legs) into candlesticks. Keep reading to find out exactly how to make your own wood candle holders from furniture pieces.


supplies to make chippy candlesticks from spindles

Tools Needed

How to Turn Chair Spindles into Candlesticks

Step One - Cut Spindles to Size

Whether you follow my tutorial above to chippy your spindles before creating the candlesticks or after, it doesn't really matter. Mine were already chippified here. I found that a couple of my spindles were too tall, so I needed to chop them down. Enter the scary chop saw. I'm kidding, I love this tool! Seriously, if I can do this YOU CAN TOO! Hold it steady, and please use protective eyewear anytime you work with power tools of any kind!!

cut spindles down

cut spindle


Step Two - Mark centers

Mark center of each wood square and round and drill a hole using the countersink bit. This bit creates a larger hole so the screw can sit inside the hole...otherwise, it would make the candlesticks rather wobbly! Do this with all 3 tops and bases.

Option - you could use wood glue if you don't want to attach the pieces with screws; however, then you will need to wait for the glue to dry overnight before you can decorate with them!

countersink screw

Step Three - Pre-drill holes

Mark the center and pre-drill a small hole (smaller than your screw) into the spindle ends, top and bottom.

pre-drill holes

pre-drilled holes

Step Four - Attach candlestick pieces together

Screw the bases and tops into the pre-drilled holes.

screw base into end of spindle

screw top onto spindle

I put the tops on upside down, so the beveled edges were on the bottom. I think it looks better this way!

Step Five - Stain edges

Stain edges of unfinished wood tops and bases. We need to try to match the bottoms and tops with the spindles, so choose a stain that closely resembles your chair.

stain edges

Step Six - Wax and paint bases

Once the stain has fully dried, apply wax to edges and paint bases and tops with white chalk paint. The wax is necessary for achieving a chippy finish (refer to THIS TUTORIAL for complete instructions).

Step Seven - Scrape off paint to chippy

Scrape off some of the paint to reveal the dark stain underneath.


That's it! Display your spindle candlesticks wherever you choose!

farmhouse chippy spindle candlesticks

decorate with DIY candlesticks

I know some of you will be keeping your eyes peeled for curbside chairs now! Three gorgeous candlesticks for well under $10?! YES PLEASE!

shabby chic farmhouse decor

shabby farmhouse style decor

I definitely plan to make more of these beauties!

pastels and neutrals in living room

neutral sofa with farmhouse decor

These DIY spindle candlesticks can work with any decor and any season! Here they are in a Christmas vignette. I used a jar candle on top, but you could also display them with wax pillar candles like I did above. Lots of options and wouldn't these make great gifts?

chippy candle stick, vintage scale, Christmas ribbon, decor

red check ribbon, snowmen, chippy white candlestick, vintage scale, greenery

I would love to know if you're inspired to make some spindle candlesticks for your home! Drop me a comment below.

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chippy white spindle candlestick, vintage scale, red check ribbon, greenery

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  1. Love the spindle candlesticks!! Such a fabulous idea to upcycle old spindles!!

  2. What a fun way to create something fresh from a discarded piece of furniture. I love how simple the tutorial is, too. I love me some chippy goodness, that's for sure!

  3. Love them candle sticks and what an easy project. They would make for great gifts as well.
    Thank you

  4. Love this! Thanks mucho :}! Looks amazinggg!

  5. Such a great use for old spindles!

  6. These are stunning! I love everything about them! :)

  7. Those are beautiful and I love that you used spindles from an old chair. Clever idea! I need to remember this idea!!!

  8. I love how you used an old chair to make these! So creative! And go you for doing it all on your own!! :) :)

  9. What a great repurpose idea and a great way to make custom gifts for friends.

    1. Thanks Tonithey would make great gifts for very little money!

  10. These are absolutely gorgeous!! Such a creative way to repurpose old chair legs. Love this.

  11. Oh my goodness! I love these candlesticks. The fact that they are repurposed from chair spindles is genius! This project is next on my list!

    1. Thanks Maureen, that is so sweet of you! They are a fun project!


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