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!
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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WHAT YOU WILL NEED, Part 1
- Cake tin (I’m adding a link for your convenience, but I purchased mine for 99 cents from Dollar Tree)
- Wine/Parfait Glass.. You can actually use candlesticks, too (again, 99 cents at Dollar Tree)
- E6000 Glue (or any type of super glue… but I like how E6000 holds)
- Rust-O-Leum Multi-Color Textured Spray
- Rust-O-Leum FLAT PROTECTIVE ENAMEL in BLACK (you’ll soon see why this is bolded 😛 )
- HomeRight Small Spray Shelter (Optional)
- Plastic Tarp (Optional)
BUMP IN THE ROAD, Part 1
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.
CREATE YOUR CAKE PLATE BASE
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.
TEXTURIZE YOUR CAKE PLATE
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.
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 PAINT FLAT BLACK FINISH
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.
FINAL PRODUCT, Part 1
And this is what I finished with… kind of…
This is a lovely finish, especially if you prefer a warmer look with a more mid-century modern feel.
BUMP IN THE ROAD, Part 2
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….
WHAT YOU’LL NEED, Part 2
- DIY White Chalk Paint
- Zibra Chisel Brush
- 150 grit sandpaper (I love this brand/type)
- White or Clear Americana Décor Cream Wax (you can get this at Hobby Lobby for 40% off with the weekly coupon)
- Lint Free Cloth
CHALK PAINT THAT CAKE PLATE IN WHITE!
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!
TAKE SOME SANDPAPER TO IT
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!!!
FINISH IT OFF WITH A WAX SEAL
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.
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).
FINAL PRODUCT, Part 2, and FINALE
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!)
Love the black peeking through!
Definitely more my style…
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!