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DIY Rustic Cake Plate Made Two Ways

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Hi all!  Hope you all had a restful holiday weekend!  Have you gotten any projects or crafts done this weekend?  Well, if you’re like me, a quick and affordable project will always catch your eye!  Especially one made with Dollar Tree items!  Today, I’m going to be sharing with you a DIY Rustic Cake Plate Made TWO Ways!!!  You may even find a farmhouse coastal cottage project, too!

cake plates in black and white with pears pitchers linens titled farmhouse or rustic DIY cake plate

Let me take a moment to express how very thankful I am this Memorial Day for the men and women who sacrificed their lives in order to protect our country and to help give us the freedom we all hold so dearly here in the United States.  I’m sure you agree, we are forever grateful.

Having a 32-hour work schedule is really nice because my normal day off is Tuesday.  With this being a holiday, I’m getting to enjoy a 4-day weekend!  Lots of time for projects! And this DIY cake plate is actually just a small part of a ‘makeover’ I will be sharing soon (can you guess what that might be?)!

I’m always looking for items that will help with storage in My Wee Abode.  Small homes often have unique situations that challenge their owners/renters to think outside-the-box.  I recently saw a beautiful matte black pedestal tray (cake plate?) at Hobby Lobby, and thought it would be a perfect storage solution for my upcoming makeover.  However, I just couldn’t bring myself to pay the sale price of $15 . Sooo, I came up with my own version!

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In order to get the final look (at least for the first style), be sure to purchase FLAT PROTECTIVE ENAMEL paint.  This will give you the flat/matte finish that I *finally* achieved.  At first, I used Satin Finish paint, which gave a shiny finish… which had a bit too much glam for my taste.  Flat Protective Enamel gives the nice matte finish that you will want in order to achieve the first look.


The first thing you will need to do is glue your cake plate and ‘stand’ together.  Whether you choose a glass (you can even turn the glass upside down for a different look) or a candlestick for your stand, you will turn the pan with the bottom side up, spread glue on whatever part of the stand you want to attach to the pan, center it in the middle of the pan and press it firmly down.  Next, you’ll carefully flip the pan and stand right-side-up.  Place something in the middle of the pan (i.e., a small bowl or coffee cup) to help it stay firmly in place while it dries for 24 hours.

cake pan with glass stand on black white checkered tile


In the past, I have used Rust-O-Leum Multi-Color Textured Spray in order to give some hardware a wrought iron look, and it worked perfectly.  I thought the same process might add some depth and interest to this piece, too! Simply place the cake plate upside down, and follow the directions on the can.  After applying several coats (spray as many coats as you like to achieve the look desired), turn the cake plate right-side-up and spray again, turning the plate as needed to apply even coats.

cake pan with glass attached to bottom sitting on cardboard flap

cake plate stand painted gray on cardboard box

The HomeRight Small Spray Shelter made this process a lot easier!  This was a windy day, and it was a bit difficult keeping my spray tent in place on the asphalt, so the cardboard box lent some added weight.  One of my blogging friends, Wendi at H2O Bungalow, suggested to place bricks inside the shelter, at the corners, to keep it in place! Brilliant! (And it only flashed through my mind for a second to go steal the bricks from the neighbor’s wall. 😉 Whaaat?!)  I also placed a lightweight plastic tarp (optional) in the bottom of the shelter to give it some added protection (I like to keep my HomeRight Small Spray Shelter looking nice).

spray shelter sitting on asphalt with box and cake plate inside

top of spray shelter with title homeright spray shelter in blue


This would have been my last step, except for the bump-in-the-road that I shared earlier.  So, not only did I spray paint the cake plate with the Flat Protective Enamel, but it also received a complete coat of the Satin Finish!  Do as I say, not as I do, friends. Only apply the FLAT PROTECTIVE ENAMEL, in the same way the Texture Spray was used.

upside down cake plate painted black on cardboard box

black cake plate sitting on plastic tarp


And this is what I finished with… kind of…

black cake plate with espresso coffee pot pears and linen cloth with leaded glass window in background

black cake plate with pears

This is a lovely finish, especially if you prefer a warmer look with a more mid-century modern feel.

pears reasting on linen apron with cake plate on the side

pears in cake plate with linen fabric with pears in the background


Now, if you like the black finish, which I actually do, you are all done.  However, if you continue to glance at the cake stand throughout the day, and that night think, “That’s going to be WAY too dark for the makeover I’m doing”, then you might want to do this….



Okay… I had to do it, y’all!  Ask my family… my mantra is, “Paint it white”!  If you have a dark corner in your kitchen that you need to makeover, a black cake plate ain’t gonna cut it.  Also, if you like a more farmhouse-coastal-cottage feel, break out your Zibra Chisel Paint brush and chalk paint that puppy WHITE!

white cake plate with paint brush sitting on craft paper


After the paint has dried (it took 2.5 coats to cover it), take your 150 grit sandpaper and “distress” to your heart’s content (or at least to your eye’s content).  If it doesn’t look ‘finished’, chances are you need to sand it more.  Remember, you can always paint it again if you sand too much.  The black that was originally painted on the cake plate will show through and give it a vintage ‘enamel’ look.  LOVE IT!!!


After the distressing is done, take a damp cloth and wipe the cake plate off.  This will remove any excess powder and prepare the surface for a wax coat.

white pedestal bowl with leaded glass in background

Apply an even coat of Americana Décor Liquid Wax (I prefer the white wax because it gives the cake plate a more vintage “creamy” enamel look) using a lint free cloth. After the wax has dried (usually 15-30 minutes), take a clean lint free cloth and buff the wax.  The more your buff, the more satin the finish will become. (I don’t buff my wax too much because I prefer to keep the chalk-like finish on my pieces).


So here you go… this is much more my style, don’t ya think?  (And just look at the counter space that is still available underneath!)

white cake plate with pitcher and bowl printed napkins and cutting boards in background

Love the black peeking through!

closeup of white cake plate with aqua bowl and printed napkin

white cake plate with aqua bowl and sugar with printed napkin

Definitely more my style…

white cake plate with pitcher and bowl printed napkins and cutting boards in background

So, which do you like better?  Might you even be bold and do this in another color?  Did you catch any clues about my upcoming makeover (check my text and photos)?  I would love to hear from you in the comments!

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    1. Thanks, Peg! I do NOT think I will be doing lace tatting! 😉 It’s a pretty linen though, isn’t it?

    1. Thanks, Marissa! Yes, the white makes me happy-sigh. Funny, my sister loved the black more! 😉 I think it’s neat how we can all be different!

    1. Thanks, honey… glad I made you chuckle! 😉 I’m definitely getting wilder being an empty-nester!… JK!! Love ya!

    1. Thanks, Deeds! Yep, I’m definitely the light-airy decor sister, and your are the warm-rustic sister! 😉 Love it, and you!!!

    1. Thanks so much, Vicki! You got your first email then? 🙂 Hope you enjoyed it! Have a wonderful week!

    1. Thank you so much, Carol! I’m excited to share where it will be going in my little place. 😉 Thanks for the encouragement!

    1. Thanks, Dru! It’s going to come in very handy for my makeover coming soon! 😉 Thanks for dropping by!

    1. Thanks, Mary… I have always liked the lighter side… but I thought the darker would look more like a chalkboard effect. But, it was too dark for where it is going to live. 😉 Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  1. These are so clever and you have styled them so pretty. I have a green compote on my kitchen island where we keep fresh fruit. It’s a great resource and I think your cake plates would work well for this purpose too.

  2. I really like the white version and the same happens to me all the time too. White just makes everything brighter and looks great always. Your cake stand is such a fun and easy project, perfect for short weekends too!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Katrin! Yes…. I’m definitely a ‘white’ girl. LOL! However, that black reminds me of a chalkboard… would probably look cool with some chalk smudges or dry brush! Man… now I wish I would have added that! Oh well… we are always thinking, right? Hugs and hearts!

    1. Thanks for dropping in, Christina! I love that we all have different tastes! And, yes, the black is quite striking! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Hi Julie! Your project is SO creative! I wouldn’t have guessed it was made with the glass and tin if I hadn’t have read your post! I like them both but am partial to the white one. Especially with the white pitcher and pretty turquoise blue ramekin 🙂 Pinned!!

    1. Thanks, Wendi! I’m finding that I need to remember that, when it comes down to it, I always like light and airy. I SO appreciate the black, but it just doesn’t work for me… at this time. 😉 Thanks for the pin, and the love! <3

    1. Thanks, Barbara! I needed it tall for the area I’m using it in. 🙂 Leaves the counter space open still! 😉 Thanks for supporting me, dear friend!

    1. Thanks, Michelle… I so appreciate the support and love my fellow bloggers give! Hugs and hearts, friend!

      1. Julie You are brilliant to use a glass as the pedestal base!! It looks like it is all one piece now! My fave is the lighter colored one too!

    1. Thanks, Maria! The cake plate will make another showing soon! In it’s regular ‘home’! Hugs, friend!

    1. Thanks so much, Stacey (btw… you and my son share the same name!). I’m glad you dropped in! Are you heading to Haven this year? Hugs and hearts!

  4. This is so cool. You are amazing in all that you can do. Creativity and intelligence in one package. I pinned this one and maybe one day I will get ambitious or maybe I could commission you to make me one in all of your spare time! Haha! Love you sister.

    1. Thanks, Teresa… There are so many to choose from, and the price is great, too! I’m sure a DIY pillow cover will be a future post… sew and no-sew! Love you, too, T!

    1. Hey, Michelle! Thanks so much for the encouraging words. I love how both versions have been favored! And, love how you call it ‘gritty’! 😉 My sister likes the black because she likes warmer tones… and is more MCM as opposed to my love for coastal/cottage/farmhouse! Glad you liked the post!:-D

    1. Jessica! Thanks for dropping in, and for the kind words! I’m glad you like it! Have a great week, friend! Hugs!

    1. Hehe…Linda, I’m surprised you haven’t thought of this before! 😉 White is definitely my fave, too! Thanks for coming by, dear friend!

    1. Thanks, Carol! I REALLY like both, as well! If I had room in My Wee Abode, I would make BOTH and change them out for the seasons! 😉 Thanks for coming by! XO

    1. Aw, thanks so much, Theresa! Would love to see it when you are done… come post it on my FB page, if you like! Hugs & hearts!

  5. I’ve been thinking about making something like this for quite awhile. Love the inspiration. I was thinking about maybe leaving the glass clear and maybe gluing something small inside like a miniature Fairy Garden or something similar. Thank again for the inspiration !!!!!!!!

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