Repurposed Candle Sconce Towel Rack

Repurposed Candle Sconce Towel Rack

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The vintage wooden candle sconce is a thrift store staple these days- they come in various sizes and shapes, and often come in pairs. For example, take this basket o’ sconces I found while on one of my thrifting adventures.

Vintage wooden candle sconce at thrift store to be upcycled and repurposed by Sadie Seasongoods /

Sconces everywhere I look…

I purchased a pair without a clear vision in my mind for how to repurpose / upcycle them. That is, until I made a simple viewing adjustment. Traditionally, each sconce would be hung on the wall like this in order to hold a single taper candle in each one.

Vintage wooden candle sconce from thrift store to be upcycled and repurposed by Sadie Seasongoods /

Hmm, what can I do with these?

But what if I turned each candle sconce 90°? And placed a wooden dowel between them? And attached the entire thing to board? Do you see what I see?

Repurposing and upcycling a vintage candle sconce pair into a DIY towel rack by Sadie Seasongoods /

Shifting my perspective…

A towel rack, y’all– a DIY vintage candle sconce towel rack. And all I need to do is paint the parts, reassemble like this, and hang it on the wall!

Repurposing and upcycling a vintage candle sconce pair into a DIY towel rack by Sadie Seasongoods /

Get out of town- IT WORKS!

Ok, so let’s get to painting! I decided to paint the board a soothing moss green using my absolute favorite paint brushes- Trylon™ brushes by Linzer Products Corp. Now, we’ve used Trylon™ brushes around our home (mostly for cutting in and trim painting) for years, but now that I’m a full-time DIY blogger, I use them on projects whenever I can.

Using a Trylon™ paint brush by Linzer Products Corp. to paint DIY towel rack from upcycled candle sconce by Sadie Seasongoods /

There is NOTHING better than a brand new Trylon™ brush!

Using a Trylon™ paint brush by Linzer Products Corp. to paint DIY towel rack from upcycled candle sconce by Sadie Seasongoods /

A DIYer’s dream brush…

I’m a genuine fan of these brushes- and we have a paint cabinet in our garage filled with them to prove it! They hold and release paint beautifully, and they clean up like new.  

While the board dried, I spray-painted the candle sconces and dowel a metallic silver. And yes, your eyes aren’t deceiving you- I used my craft anvil to anchor down the dowel for easier painting!

Spray painting vintage candle sconce and wooden dowel to upcycle them into DIY towel rack by Sadie Seasongoods /

A little spray painting to make them metallic…

When all the paint had dried, I used my Trylon™ brushes (available to purchase in the paint section at The Home Depot) to seal each candle sconce and the dowel with top coat. Since this is a towel rack, it needs a waterproof finish!

Applying waterproof topcoat to upcycled DIY towel rack using Trylon™ brand paint brushes from The Home Depot by Sadie Seasongoods /

Using smaller sizes of Trylon™ brushes this time…

NOW we could get to assembly! We measured the center of the back board and drew a long line to mark it. Then, we attached one candle sconce with 1” wood screws through the back of the board. Next, we inserted the dowel, lined up the second candle sconce, and secured it in place the same way.

DIY upcycled towel rack from repurposed vintage candle sconce pair and wooden dowel by Sadie Seasongoods /

Putting this crazy idea together!

To hang the towel rack, we drilled in two wood screws, using a laser level to ensure it was straight. I then dabbed on a bit more of my Behr paint to help the screws blend in just a bit.

How to upcycle and repurpose a vintage candle sconce pair into a DIY towel rack by Sadie Seasongoods /

Y’all! Can you stand it?

How to upcycle and repurpose a vintage candle sconce pair into a DIY towel rack by Sadie Seasongoods /

You know how excited I get when a crazy idea works out perfectly…

How crazy but awesome is that? It doesn’t even look like a candle sconce on each end, does it?

How to repurpose a wooden vintage candle sconce into a DIY towel rack by Sadie Seasongoods /

All done!

I always get a little giddy when my ideas work out!

Craft on!


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  1. landsharkinnc says

    Okay — I just realized you attached the sconces by screws from the back … and that would have precluded you attaching the board from behind the sconces …

  2. KATHY GALLAY says

    LOVE IT!!! I could have stood there looking at those old sconces for hours on end and NEVER see a towel rack. Your mind works wonderfully. Is that even a word?? Have a great week!!!

  3. Norma Rolader says

    Awesome and unique and thank you for sharing

  4. Your ingenuity never fails to amaze me! Love it. Another thing to add to my look for list! Great job!

  5. Just Awesome!

  6. Patty Soriano says

    I never would have thought of that! Truly, sometimes when you find something, you need to hold it sideways, upside down and backwards just to “see” what else it can be! Brillliant!

  7. This is a wonderful idea! I would’ve never seen these candle sconces this way! I Love it!

  8. Audrey Adkinson says

    You have such a thrifty and junky outlook and that is a complement. Thanks for all your ideas!!

  9. Victoria Alexander says

    WOW !!! Super sconce surprise! Thank you, now I am going to try that with my ornate metal ones!!!

  10. says

    What a great idea! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  11. I used to see these scones alot and never, ever could have imagined this use! It looks great and I love the colors you used! Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway!!

  12. Now THIS is up-cycling!!!

  13. Love seeing your ideas from across the sea. I don’t recall ever having seen candle sconces here in the UK but still nice to see … and look out for! 🙂

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Ahhhhh…it could be an American thing. It has that “country” style that America latched onto in the 80s…

  14. What a clever idea! You are thriftastically amazing!

  15. Your creativity is top shelf! Reading your blog & watching the ideas come to fruition is rewarding. You give my brain affirmation! Smiles!

  16. Thanks so much for the chance to win paint brushes! I am a paintaholic! I am constantly painting something not to mention the entire interior of our house ceilings and walls and three sides of the exterior (I have just the north side to do yet). I just chopped a trashed out old vanity in two to become each side of a desk and am about to paint the second coat, I bought an ugly shade of blue bookshelf for $20 to paint next. I love to paint!!!!

  17. Thanks for sharing. I’m always painting something myself .

  18. Great project and great giveaway! I could so use new brushes!! 😁

  19. Cherryl Ehlenburg says

    What a clever idea! I never would have thought of that!

  20. Pam Faircloth says

    This is one of the most clever ideas I’ve seen in a long time! I’m on the hunt for sconces! Thank you so much!

  21. Unique, clever, and artistic. Love.

  22. Wao!! what a Imagination! Congratulations and Thank for sharing

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Haha, thank you, Fanny! I strive to fill my blog with unique, but relatable and usable repurposed / upcycled projects- so glad you found me! 🙂

  23. Deb Blankenship says

    What a great idea. I made lots of those sconces when I lived in CT. Love it when I can re-use old items. Thanks.

  24. I always say, “Don’t ask what is this?”, but ask, “What can this be?”

  25. Marion Wilms-Berry says

    Awesome idea! Looks great!

  26. Very clever, Sarah – I love the way you think outside of the box…or rather…sconce!

  27. I love the way your mind works Sarah, you are really an inspiration even to the creatives 🙂 This was a great project!

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