I was shopping recently with my mom, Erika, and we ran across a beautiful red metal footed cake stand that I just loved. I prefer to buy vintage or handmade when I can, but this cake stand was new and mass produced.
So my shoulder devil started arguing with my shoulder angel, saying I should just go ahead and buy it. But then Mom’s voice cut through the clamor.
“You could make your own.”
So I gave it a try.
A Visit to the Thrift Stores
Originally, the plan was to use a metal candlestick for the base and the lid of a cookie tin for the platter. But I ran across a small metal flower pot at a thrift store. Used upside down, it would be a nice stable base for the cake stand. Price: 69 cents.
I wrote off the cookie tin lid idea after realizing that most are not big enough. So at a second thrift store, I found a round metal platter that would do nicely. Price: $2.39.
Painting the Cake Stand
I used two Rust-Oleum paints that I already had on hand.
For the base and for the top of the platter, I used Rust-Oleum Gold Rush Metallic. It has a vintage appeal and is the same spray paint that my husband, Chris, used when he spruced up the heat registers in our 1927 house.
A little Super Glue held the two pieces together.
The cake stand looks nothing like the red one I originally fell in love with. But my Frankenstein monster cake stand is unique. And I can use it for many things: Cakes, cookies, appetizers. Elevated food stands really add a festive touch to a buffet table.
Of course I do not trust the surface to be food safe. I will use either a plate or some parchment paper with the stand.
So I’m safe from my shoulder devil – for now.
I could spend all day looking at all the beautiful vintage and handmade cake stands on Etsy. These are especially charming.
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