Thrift Store Pedestal Bowls

Just had another blogger let me know the original blog I saw this idea on, so editing to give her full credit!  Plus this girl found some amazing pieces and can take a wicked picture!  Here’s the original version that was done over at The Speckled Dog.  Aren’t her pictures stunning?!!  Seriously, why are mine so blurry??

But my story goes a little something like this…  I saw the post and I became obsessed.

As in, about 26 candlesticks later, my husband is ready to call in professional help. But as far as I’m concerned it was all worth it for these beauties!  We’ll take these one at a time!

The first one started out life as a 60 cent candlestick and 30 cent wooden bowl. 

Glued them together with some wood glue

Brushed on some turquoise paint and then sanded it down a little.

Next up we have this handsome fella.  Doesn’t he look more masculine than our first little lady??
Second story, same as the first.  Started life as a candleholder and square little bowl (?).

This time I tried a turquoise spray paint.

My total for both of these was under $2! LOVE!!  Pretty sure I will definitely be using these when I host Easter and now I’m thinking a bigger one would be perfect to hold the plastic silverware rolled up in napkins.  Right now the round blue one is holding wrapped candy as part of my Easter tablescape on my buffet and the square one is on my dresser holding jewelry!  I’m sure these are not final homes for them, though!

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  1. I too have fallen in love with these but have yet to make one. I do have the compnents now though. It is actually going to be a pedestooled cake server. I won’t be getting around to the gluing and painting for awhile though.

  2. LaVonne @ Long Wait says:

    Very nice. Do you use paint that is food safe? I’d love to do this just want to make sure I can put food in them safely.

  3. Natalie,

    Thank you so much for the sweet comment and warm wishes!

    These pedestal bowls, turned out fantastic! Love the color, so vibrant and fun!

    I look forward to following you!

    Warm Weekend Wishes,

  4. [email protected] says:

    Natalie, that color is so gorgeous! I have been meaning to do this project as well. I hope I can find some deals as good as you!

  5. @LaVonne @ Long Wait
    I didn’t use paint that was food safe because my intention was to use them as Easter decorations. I had this vision of a nest or eggs or something sitting in them. Right now the round one has wrapped candy in it and the square one is going to find a home on my dresser holding my bracelets. I’m sure you could find food-safe paint, though, if that’s what you’re looking for! Go for it!

  6. You know I love these…one of my fave projects of yours! :-)

  7. They are both darling!! I love the blue!! I just painted a little pedestal tray (that came ready made) yesterday. I will have to be on the look out for the separate pieces now!!

  8. This is a great repurposing idea! Visiting from a Crafty Soiree.

  9. That’s cute!!!

  10. Love!.. Awesome idea!..

  11. I love this idea and have used it in lots of my decorating and parties. I love whoever came up with this idea originally, wish I knew who it was. But it’s a great idea for us cheap decorators who have expensive tastes.

    Thanks so much for sharing a great idea and for linking up at Shindig Saturday. Can’t wait to see more of your great ideas!

  12. I originally saw them at The Speckled Dog.
    I just bought two wooden bowls and the only wooden candlestick they had at Goodwill and am ready to make one too. Great job with your.

  13. I love this!

    I must find a thrift store ASAP!

  14. Ooohhh…I totally might have to borrow this idea! They turned out so great! What thrift store do you usually go to? I haven’t gone to the Mt Joy gift and thrift yet…but I’d like to get there soon! Maybe together??

  15. Great idea and great color. Came over from Tatortots and Jello

  16. @Nicole
    Thanks, Nikki!! I didn’t even realize until I saw your comment! Woohoo!

  17. @Terri
    Terri, I do get quite a bit from Mt. Joy Gift & Thrift but I’m infatuated with Jubilee in Palmyra! I don’t get there as often but they have A LOT more and their prices are much cheaper!! My friend, Erika wants to go sometime soon too and your friend Angie wants to go doesn’t she?? We should set up a date!

  18. Nice feature on Tatertots and Jello! :)

  19. i love these!! I have been on a mission to find these kinds of things at my local thrift hhaunts and so far no luck :(

  20. I love this blue color! Nice transformation! Stopping by from Under the Table and Dreaming.

  21. Those turned out amazing. Thank you for linking up to More The Merrier.

  22. Sierra @ Blue Robin Cottage says:

    You are so creative!! I just love that color!! It just amazes me that you took something that was just so so and turned it into something absolutely beautiful!! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today and leaving such a sweet compliment! :) I really appreciate it!

  23. I think yours turned out amazing! I love them. I need to get me some thrift store finds…and start gluing away! Great blog too.

  24. LOVE those! I was frustrated when my local thrift stores had $3 on all of their candle sticks. :-( I’ll definitely be keeping my eye open at garage sales over the summer though. LOVE this idea!

  25. these turned out great love them and the color is excellent

  26. Those turned out great! I love the blue!

  27. These are gorgeous — love how you took something “ugly” and turned it into a beautiful pedestal bowl with a little glue and paint!

  28. Wow! I love how these turned out. I especially love the blue color you used.

  29. CUTE ! Love the color

  30. I my gosh! I love this! I must go to goodwill immediately and find a wooden bowl and candle stick! Thank you for sharing! I saw you on Craftomaniac btw.

  31. I love this, you did a great job! Great color choice!

  32. What a neat idea…thanks!!! Love the color and the “distressing”!!

  33. Love it! The color is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Beautiful!

  35. You did a fantastic job and I love the color you chose!

  36. perfect color choice!

  37. Don’t you just LOVE what you can find at thrift stores and garage sales?! The lines on these are so great — and love the blue!

  38. Fantastic!! Love the bowls you found, both fun and funky!! I would love it if you would link this up to my Marvelous Mess party. Each party I pick one project to feature on my sidebar for a week!! Here is the link:

  39. These look great! And I love the blue!

  40. mybelleepoque says:

    Love LOVE the color!!

  41. Love the blue! I love this! I’d love if you linked this up to my very fist link party!

  42. love this !

  43. So pretty in that shade of blue. I think the big one would look great holding your tableware! Thanks for linking up!

  44. I seriously don’t need to add another project to my plate or another item I will have to move, but all the talent here in blogville is killing me with things I want to do or make. I love both of these & most especially the color. Swoon!

  45. I love that shade of blue, gorgeous, I am sure these are going to look awesome for your Easter get together! :)W

  46. Awesome, i have actually looking for a bowl and candle stick holder so that I can make something similar. Love it

  47. I wanted to let you know I featured your project on my blog. Congrats!! If you would like to see the post (and pick up a “featured” button) you can go to this link:

  48. Great finds…I always overlook stuff like that while thrifting, no more! The color and distressing is perfection!

  49. Brandy J. says:

    I’m in love with the blue! Great finds and color pick, thanks for sharing.

  50. Hi! We’re your newest followers and I have to say that I’m TOTALLY doing this! It’s so amazingly cute! I just wish my thrift store had as cute of stuff as this! But I will surely be scouring!

  51. I love these so much! I think I am going to head to GoodWill right now and see what I can find! If I find something, I’ll link back to you and show you what I made!!!!

  52. You are SO CLEVER! I LOVE the color!

  53. You bowls look fantastic too! I’ve loved the Speckled Dog’s bowls too. Thanks for linking this as well.

  54. These came out fabulous! I featured them on my blog today, please feel free to swing by and check it out. Happy Sunday!

  55. What a difference paint makes!

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice Thursday! I hope to see you back this week {party opens on Wed night @ 8pm CST}

  56. I am definitely going to do this! Now I need to go thrifting! Ü

  57. Natalie…you can clean up your pic’s in Picassa…are you familiar with that free google download? I now edit all of my pictures before I publish them…’s the sharpen tool. :)

  58. Wow! Love this! What a great idea.
    BTW, I saw your wood coasters on Craftomaniac and love them!

  59. Hello!

    My first visit! It is so funny I just posted this same thing today! Check it out:

    Great minds think alike!

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