Halloween Candlesticks from Thrift Store Lamps

Hello lovelies! Welcome to my favorite day of the month: Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday!! Not only do I have a trashy makeover for you, so do my friends…be sure to look for their projects at the bottom!

Do you decorate for Halloween? I totally get that it’s not for everyone, but I absolutely love decorating for Halloween!  That’s okay if it’s not your thing…we can still be friends, right?

Today I have a spooktacular idea for these thrift store lamps:

I picked these three lamps up from the thrift store for $13. Two of them had been hanging around so long that they were half price, but I had a fun idea for them.

I knew they could make an interesting and unique set of candlesticks for our Halloween display!

Halloween candlesticks made from lamps


Halloween candlesticks made from lamps

Kind of cool in a gothic Halloween way, right?

I placed them here for now to take photos, but I will probably end up moving them…

Halloween candlesticks made from lamps

I spent most of the weekend decorating for Halloween, and I can’t wait to share some of it. I don’t do blood and gore at all, just lots of skeletons mostly.

To turn these lamps into candlesticks, I needed something to attach to the lamps to hold the candles. I spied two of these candle holders on the same trip as I found the lamps:

These were perfect since one of the lamps had a similar piece on it already:

Halloween candlesticks made from lamps

When I got home, I started taking my lamps apart…

There is a rod that runs all the way through the center of the lamps and you can rearrange the pieces as you like. I reworked mine so that I had a flat surface to add the candle holder to. Then I used E6000 glue to attach the candleholder.

Then I taped off what didn’t want painted on the red lamp:

Halloween candlesticks made from lamps

My friend, Larissa from Prodigal Pieces, made a lazy susan for spray painting which I thought was genius, so when I saw this really large one at the thrift store,  I grabbed it. (She is so smart!)

It made it super easy to spray paint everything:

Halloween candlesticks made from lamps

Then I just added some candles!

Halloween candlesticks made from lamps

I actually found these candles at the thrift store a couple of years ago still in the wrapping for $2 each.

Halloween candlesticks made from lamps

This would be a great idea for creating unique candlesticks to use year round as well.

These ones had some pretty details that really stood out once I painted them:

I love the base of this one:

I might be fun to take all the pieces apart and just use what you like to create a whole new look and one-of-a-kind lamp!

Halloween candlesticks made from lamps


Halloween candlesticks made from lamps

Don’t forget my friends have Trash-to-Treasure makeovers of their own to share! Visit their projects at the links below:

1.  Prodigal Pieces

2.  Girl in the Garage

3.  Artsy Chicks Rule

{Lauren from Bless’er House and her family welcomed a brand new precious baby girl on October 4th, so she is taking a break from sharing amazing makeovers this month.}

I’ll be back on Thursday with a brand new THRIFTING VIDEO of me and Nancy! This was my haul from that shopping trip:

I’ll be sharing what I did with the mirror. Don’t worry, it will NOT be Halloween-related! You can see what I did with that sad lattice tote HERE if you missed it.

UPDATE: See how this mirror turned out, and check out our new video while you’re there HERE

See ya then! 🙂



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    Those turned out great. I use to do Halloween big, not so much any more, but I still love seeing every thing you re-do, you have such an artist ability to transform any thing. Love all of your projects!

    • Thank you, Mary!! These were fun since they were different from my normal style…maybe that’s why I love to decorate for Halloween?? Have a great week! XOXO

  2. Great idea. Can’t wait to see your Halloween decorations. Always enjoy them. Can’t wait to see what you do with the mirror. I bought one similar to it at thrift store not long ago but can’t decide what to do with it.

    • Thank you, Janice! I am excited to share my decorations this year! The mirror turned out real cute. See ya on Thursday! XOXO

  3. So super fun! The one you like with the base looks like my favorite lamp in my bedroom…haha! Fab job, Christy. 😀

  4. Christina in SW FL says

    Christy, these look great! The inspiration to add the candle stick holder tops is grand. I bet your porch looks wonderful for Halloween. 🙂 Enjoy!

    • Thanks, Christina! I’ll share my halloween decor soon…I had a lot of fun with it this year! Hope you aren’t in the path of the newest hurricane! XOXO

  5. Christy,
    Halloween is the only holiday in my world. LOL! Love this idea! I belong to a haunt group that loves stuff like this. We build props so this will be a lot of fun to share.

    Your ideas alway inspire me. Thanks for show what you do. 🙂

  6. Fantastic!! Thank you for the ideas!
    I bet your neighbors are thrilled to have your porch to look at. (I remember you said no one had decorated your porch prior to you moving in). I’ll bet you’re an inspiration to your neighborhood!

    • Thanks, Jackie!! My neighbors are really getting a kick out of our Halloween set up…can’t wait to share our decorations this year!! XOXO

  7. I enjoy Halloween- it’s fun to decorate for. I am thinking of doing a party this year. Those are always a fun reason to transform the house. Love your “new” candlesticks. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing your decor. Can’t wait to see more!

    • Thank you, Cecilia! I always see so many fun things for a Halloween party…that would be so fun!! XOXO

  8. Robyn Wright says

    I think the green one would’ve looked really cool without being painted like the red one. OOH! Christmas! LOL!

  9. Debbie in TX says

    Love the idea for the candlesticks! I was actually hoping you wouldn’t paint over the green one since it already had a cool creepy vibe happening, but they turned out terrific anyway! Maybe they would look great on the skeleton’s vanity and help light up his mirror. Looking forward to all the Halloween decoration photos!! XO

    • Thanks, Debbie! Someone else just mentioned keeping the green one green and I never even thought to do that. I bet it would have looked great with all the Halloween decor! And yes I may end up moving them up to the vanity. Can’t wait to share it all! XOXO

  10. Those are perfect for Halloween. Great job!

  11. Erika Alvarez says

    Thank you, thank you! I have had my folks searching flea markets etc for the perfect black candlesticks for my Halloween mantel –and whaddyaknow, you can make your own so easily. Love the idea. You are a genius thrifter!

    • Aww thank you, Erika! Some of these older lamps have such fabulous details that they make perfect spooky candlesticks! Good luck in your search! XO

  12. Those are so cute Christy! And perfect for you fun Halloween decor!! Eeekkk…I just realized, I’m going to get to see it all in person this year!! lol

    • Thanks, girlie! And yes… Yay! I’m so excited for you to see it in person this year!! XOXO

  13. Marcie Lovett says

    You are too much, Christy. Those horrible, horrific, hideous lamps look great now! Who would have believed?

    • Ha ha thanks, Marcie! I’m sure they were fabulous thanks in a past life, but yes they needed some help ha ha! Perfect for my spooky display! XOXO

  14. Linda Petersen says

    Very cool!! I see lamps like those at Goodwill & other thrift stores all the time & never thought about candlesticks! I can now see some done in silver & gold during Christmas & New Year. You are one clever cookie ❤.

    • Thank you, Linda! Oh yes these could be gorgeous I in gold and silver and maybe even with a little glitter for the holidays? I love that idea! XOXO

  15. Such a cool (spooky) makeover for those old lamps, Christy! I always see tons of those at thrift stores. And how lucky to find those candle holder pieces there too!

    • Thanks, Jen! When my door project flopped, I needed something fast, and I was so lucky to find everything I needed in one stop!! XOXO

  16. What a great idea, you Halloween decorations are always so creative Christy!

  17. I really like them – that fat green one looks the best – so interesting 🙂 I tried Rustoleum chalk paint last week on a desk for the first time, not the spray, the tin, and it was very nice to paint with, very similar to Annie Sloan’s paint 😀

    • Thanks, Petra! These older lamps have such cool details. I haven’t tried Rustoleum chalk paint yet, but I have heard good things. Glad you had a good experience with it! XOXO

  18. Sheila DelCharco says

    I popped into a GW last week and saw three brass lamps that would look amazing as tall candlesticks. But I’m on a decluttering run so I didn’t get them. I don’t have a store to fill! Just a house to dejunk but these are so cute that I’m tempted to go back and get them!


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