Sometimes Plan A turns into Plan B….
I was on the Ohio University campus last fall when I went “thrifting” in the Athens area.
On one of the stops, I kept finding some of the coolest things for bargain prices and my shopping pile just kept getting taller.
During this thrift stop I bought these shortened stair balusters…
It already appeared that someone upcycled them into candle holders, each had a hole drilled into the top of the baluster but the tell-tale sign was candle wax 🙂
I pulled the balusters from my “pickin” room recently and decided to upcycle them a 2nd time. I had a plan in mind and I went to my local craft store, Pat Catan’s. Of course I couldn’t find what I was looking for. So I started strolling through the store, waiting for inspiration.
And then I spotted wooden plaques like these:
I bought two plaques, scrapbook paper that was on sale and dowel rods (just the right size to fit in the pre-drilled hole at the top of the baluster). All these parts for my NEW plan to make upcycled stair baluster necklace stands!
Hare are some of the parts and pieces that I used to start this project…
Here are the steps:
Step 1: Separate and sand the baluster parts, this just made it easier to sand the two pieces. These balusters were loaded with paint so I sanded them but you may not have to do this
Step 2: Reattach the base – in my case the baluster was loose from the base, so I went into my handy bowl of spare screws and found two screws that would help me re-secure the baluster to the base
Step 3: Paint the baluster – I chose to go with white again and I used Miss Lillian’s No Wax Chock Paint. Marilyn, the owner of Miss Lillian’s No Wax Chock Paint says: “Its got a built in sealer along with the delicate texture additive. It dries to a smooth satin sheen rather than the chalky porous finish of other chalk based paints that requires sealing with wax to ensure that it stays on the piece.”
Marilyn was so nice and sent me a sample when I inquired about her paint and it’s great! I’ll be painting a piece of furniture with Miss Lillian’s paint soon. I’ll give more deets then. Until then, you can check them out on Facebook: Miss Lillian’s No Wax Chock Paint.
Step 4: Cut the dowel rods to size – cut the rods long enough to fit the hole in the baluster and with enough room to attach & hold the wooden plaque. I used my miter say but you could even use a hand saw.
Step 5: Glue the dowel rod into the hole of the baluster and let it dry overnight – Mamita swears by Gorilla Glue and I know why, this stuff really does work well. You may have to drill a hole into the top of your baluster.
Step 6: Trace and cut out the scrapbook to fit the shape of the plaque and use Mod Podge to glue the paper on to the plaque. Once the paper was dry I lightly sanded along the edges to give a little bit of an aged look
Step 7: You can use any type of clip or hook at the top of the plaques but I purchased these vintage-looking paper clips a few months ago and I decided they would be perfect for this project. Just one screw into the top hole of the clip to secure it to the plaque.
Step 8: Attach the plaques to the dowel rod using pipe brackets and short screws (make sure you buy or use screws that aren’t too long… so they do not come out through the other side of the plaque)
And when it’s all said and done the finished product is a tall stand for necklaces…
Or anything that will fit in the clip, like gorgeous baby photos 🙂 …
This wasn’t my original plan for the balusters, but have you ever found that Plan B turns out to be better than Plan A??
Stair Baluster Necklace Stand
Happy Salvaging! -Kathy
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