Laura's DIY Shabby Chic Candle Pedestals

By Carla Jordan

  Laura Brewer,


Candles are one of the most popular ways to create ambiance in any room of the house. When displayed on lovely pedestals like these, such humble flickers of light are elevated to fashionable focal points.  Created by artist Laura Brewer (owner of Studio Primrose, Mesa, AZ), these shabby chic candle pedestals are easy to make with three beefy bits of wood and Olde Century Colors products, including our new eco-friendly Chalk Powder that mixes into that any of our acrylic and simulated milk paints (as well as any water-based paint) to create the gorgeous chalk paint looks beloved both in the U.S. and Europe. "I really loved working with Olde Century Colors' Chalk Powder in this project," says Laura.  "The custom chalk paint colors I made applied to the wood very easily and then dried to a smooth, hard finish so no protective varnish was necessary. Love…love…love!"

Here's how Laura created her beautiful candle pedestals so you can make some for your home, too.

Materials Needed

4-inch x4”-inch wood pieces, cut into 4, 6, and 8-inch lengths

Olde Century Colors Chalk Powder #3020


Olde Century Colors Crackle Medium #Pcrackle


Olde Century Colors Simulated Milk Paint:   

Dark Hunter Green #3013

Mulberry Red #3007

Carriage Black #3014

Moravian White #3015

Olde Parchment #3000


Decoupage glue of choice


Vaseline® or candle wax


1-1/2” soft bristle brushes for decoupage, painting and varnishing (if needed)




220 grit sandpaper

Foam sanding block




Measuring tablespoon


1 small cup for mixing chalk power “slurry”


3 plastic containers with lids for mixing custom chalk powder milk paints


Decorative paper for decoupage: napkins, scrapbooking papers, decoupage papers, etc.,




Small water bottle


Candy dish and two large votives (Laura purchased hers at Goodwill)


Crystals and pearls to embellish votives and candy dish (optional)


Super Glue® or glass & bead adhesive



Prepare chalk paint custom mixtures

"Antique Lace" custom chalk paint

Combine 4 parts Moravian White to 1 part Olde Parchment simulated milk paint to create 1/2 cup of "Antique Lace" custom chalk paint. Cover and set aside.

Laura Brewer,


Make a chalk powder slurry by combining 1 tablespoon of Chalk Powder with 1/2 tablespoon of water for each cup of paint you mix in with it. Once the chalk powder and water are well combined, add 1/2 cup of “Antique Lace” custom chalk paint. Set aside and cover.


"Dark Brown" custom chalk paint

Combine equal parts of Dark Hunter Green and Mulberry Red simulated milk paints (add a small amount of Carriage black simulated milk paint to darken, if desired) to create 1 cup of "Dark Brown" custom chalk paint.


Make another chalk powder slurry by combining 1 tablespoon of Chalk Powder with 1/2 tablespoon of water for each cup of paint you mix in with it. Once the chalk powder and water are well combined, add 1/2 cup of “Dark Brown” custom chalk paint. Set aside and cover.


Laura Brewer,


Apply one coat of “Dark Brown” custom chalk paint to each of the wood blocks. When Laura painted the blocks, she found it easier to paint the top and two sides and allow them to dry; then paint the bottom and remaining two sides and let them dry,


Apply one-two coats of Olde Parchment simulated milk paint to each block. Dry.


Lightly sand blocks with 220 grit sand paper, then wipe off residue with a damp cheesecloth.

Laura Brewer,


Apply Vaseline® lightly with a brush (Laura created a brush by cutting 2/3 of the bristles off of a 2" chip brush) along outside corner edges, and a few interior areas (where you want to create distressing), of the blocks. Lightly wipe away excess with your finger.


Randomly apply Olde Century Colors Crackle Medium to each of the side of the blocks. Apply to entire surface or to random areas, depending on how much crackle you want to create. Dry thoroughly.


Brush one coat of “Antique Lace” custom chalk paint over entire surface of each block. Be careful not to over work any area. Dry thoroughly.



Laura Brewer,


Lightly sand the blocks with 220 grit sandpaper to remove any roughness before applying the decoupage images. Note:  At this time, you can also use a damp green scruffy pad to sand back to reveal previous layers of paint. You can also do this after the decoupage image has been complete.


Cut paper images so that they're slightly larger than the wood surfaces on which they will be pasted.


Apply decoupage paste to the painted surface of wood blocks. On a separate surface, lightly spritz paper images so they curl slightly. Then carefully lay them onto the wet pasted surface of each block. (Be gentle so as not to tear the paper).


Laura Brewer,


Use a brayer to roll over each pasted paper image to remove air bubbles.


Gently apply decoupage paste over each paper image. Dry thoroughly.


Laura Brewer,


About the Author

Carla Jordan is a nationally published design, cooking/entertaining and lifestyle writer.  Her work can be found in well-regarded magazines and newspapers; as well as online.  She resides in a Dallas-area home of many colors because she can't resist painting this, that and everything.