Hey there Sweet Friends!
Well I am glad to say that I survived another annual neighborhood yard sale! Yard sales sure are a lot of work, but if you prepare well, the payoff is worth it. And we really lucked out in the weather department. It was pouring all day on Friday, but the skies cleared overnight and we had a mostly sunny day until around three when the clouds came rolling back in with a few showers. That was perfect timing!
Today is not just any ordinary Tuesday, it’s Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday woohoo! Not only will I be sharing a fun trashy makeover, so will five of my favorite treasure-maker friends! I am always excited to see what they’ve made over. Be sure to look for their links at the bottom.
I had been on the lookout for something to make over for today, and while I was pricing my yard sale goodies for this past weekend’s annual yard sale, I came across these frames I picked up forever ago:
This photo makes them look in way better shape than they really were. The prints inside were water damaged when I bought them, but I loved the curved details of the frames and had planned to turn them into trays. They ended up being a tad small to use as trays. As I was getting ready to price them for the yard sale, I thought of another idea for them.
How about a fun cupcake stand?
As soon as the idea came to me, I went digging through a bin of odds and ends and found these:
I decided they would be perfect for creating my tiers. The wooden candlestick is in the middle updside-down:
And I added the top finial piece after. It came off of an old bird house that I tossed years ago. Glad I saved it!
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To make this stand, I first removed what was in the frames and gave them a good cleaning. Then I cut two pieces of beadboard from scraps for the bottoms of the “tiers” using my sliding compound miter saw:
Followed by a couple of coats of Krylon Aqua spray paint:
This tent is so handy, especially on windy days. It was especially windy the day I was painting these, so my water jugs came in handy as well!
I added the beadboard to the frames using my Logan Point Driver:
I covered the wood bottoms and points with some fun paper I had from HomeGoods, using Matte Mod Podge and a chip brush:
Then I assembled my stand. I was able to screw the smaller candlestick to the bottom tier from the bottom, and the top from the topside. ( I predrilled holes for both first.)
Then I used E6000 Glue to attach the larger candlestick as the base. For the finial piece on top, I used a drill bit slightly larger than the screw I had used to attach the middle candlestick, to drill a shallow hole so the finial would sit flat over the screwhead:
I secured that with E6000 glue also, and let the stand sit for a couple of days so the glue could dry thoroughly.
I really love the curvy parts now…
And of course who doesn’t love a project that requires making cupcakes??
Brennan was more than happy to help!
And for those of you that struggle to frost your cupcakes like I did for years, this idea was a game changer:
That’s just a cheap plastic frosting tip in a gallon sized resealable bag that I cut the corner off of.
I just load the frosting in the bag and squeeze it right on the cupcake starting from the outside and working my way in.
SO much easier!
I love how this little stand turned out. I had a wire cupcake stand that recently broke, so this was perfect. It holds twenty cupcakes.
The beadboard worked out perfectly for the bottoms of the tiers, and always adds instant charm to a project…
And even the underside is pretty:
Just in case anyone drops a quarter while standing next to your cupcakes. 🙂
Be sure to keep the pieces that go in between the layers aligned perfectly so it looks like one piece that goes through the tiers. (I measured just in case.)
I was so happy to finally be able to use that pretty large candle holder I used on the bottom. That’s another piece I’ve had hanging around for a while.
I decided not to distress this one. It looked so pretty as is that I didn’t mess with it.
This would also be pretty and functional in the bathroom to hold makeup and toiletries.
Now that you’ve seen my new cupcake stand from every angle possible, as promised, my friends have some makeovers of their own!
Click the links below the image to see the afters!
Now I’m off to see what my friends did with their pieces!
I’ll be back on Thursday with my Décor Enthusiast girls. This month’s theme is anything related to the outdoors so I’ll be sharing some of my outdoor space:
UPDATE: See my front yard garden tour HERE now!
Want to see all my Trash-to-Treasure Makeovers? Check them all out HERE.
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