Today. I am sharing with you an easy tutorial for an adorable thrift store home decor piece that also has practical use! Let’s dive in!
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thrift store shopping
Do you love to thrift? I do! It’s always such a surprise at what I come across. Sometimes, I find things I wasn’t even looking for.
Like this wooden cake plate. I was actually looking for a tray of some sort. I’ve been on a kick lately making risers using thrifted wooden trays that often held holiday nuts like walnuts in the shell.
Anyway, I didn’t find a tray but I did see a solid wood plate. I knew I could do the same type of upcycled project with the plate as I did with the trays!
list of supplies:
- thrifted wooden plate/charger
- pillar candle stand (approx 3″-5″ tall)
- flexible sanding pad in fine
- metal scraper (I used a chisel)
- Goo Gone
- super glue
- a scrap of thick fabric for padding
- tack cloth
- Dixie Belle Silkscreen Stencil (I used Floral)
- Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint (I used Cotton)
- Dixie Belle Big Mama’s Butta
- small artists paint brush
- chip brush
- blue shop towel
how to remove sticky residue
To start the project, I scraped off the price sticker with my chisel and then I followed up with Goo-Gone to remove the sticky residue. Then I used the flexible sanding pad and went over the top and bottom of the wooden plate.
I also used this Gator detail sanding block. It did a great job in the groove of the plate I had. You could also use the corner of the flexible sanding pad to get into that grove.
When I had gone over the whole plate, I wiped it down with a tack cloth. You can use a slightly damp microfiber cloth too. Let the wood plate dry before the next step.
Dixie Belle products
I had been seeing these silkscreen stencils by Dixie Belle in projects around the web and I knew I wanted to use them for something. Dixie Belle provided this gorgeous silkscreen stencil for the project.
I’m a sucker for a scroll design!
Dixie Belle offers an amazing chalk mineral paint that my furniture painting friends love so I knew I had to give it a try. I chose Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint in Cotton because the light color would show up so well against the dark wood of the thrifted plate.
how to use Dixie Belle Silkscreen Stencils
Choosing which design I wanted to use was the hard part. The design I chose was small enough to move around the circular shape of the plate easily.
This is the first time I have used a silkscreen stencil. I knew it would be easier to work with if my design was separate from the whole sheet.
So I separated the stencil from the backing and cut it with plenty of allowance around the design.
The next step is to apply the silkscreen stencil to the surface. There is a good amount of repositionable adhesive on the backside of the stencil. The package says each stencil can be used 10 times.
I’ve stenciled in the past many times but I haven’t used a silkscreen stencil so I decided to try it out on the underside of the plate. I figured if I goofed it up, it would be easy to sand it off with my Dewalt Orbital sander 😉
The stencil comes with a plastic, flat-edged smoothing tool. I used it to make sure the stencil was firmly in place.
I dipped my artist’s brush into just a bit of paint and then dab off most of the paint on a shop towel. Then I painted and dabbed a light coat of paint over the stencil.
There is a thin layer of silkscreen in the decorative part of each stencil and it helps the paint not to get too gloppy.
The silkscreen stencil peeled off easily. Do this step while the paint is still wet.
Then, I immediately cleaned off the painted side of the stencil. I used the cellophane packaging that the stencil came in. The adhesive stuck to it on the underside and allowed me to clean the top side without the stencil slipping around. I used a damp shop towel to clean off the excess paint.
Let me mention laying out the design. The stencil design I chose was about 4.5″ in length. I stenciled the first section and then positioned the second design directly across from the first one. The third placement was halfway between the first two and then the fourth placement was directly across from the third.
It’s probably easier to think of a clock face – place the first at 12, the second at 6, the third at 3, and the last at 9.
how to paint resin
add some weight
The candle stand was made from resin and was hollow. I painted the base in the same Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint in Cotton and then did a light distressing. BTW, the paint adhered to the resin perfectly!
I mentioned that the candle holder was hollow, so I knew that it needed some weight. Fortunately, I had a bag of leftover aquarium pebbles my daughter left at our home from one of her wedding projects. I filled the candle handler with as many of the pebbles that it would hold. Then I glued a piece of cardboard to close up the open area.
I used super glue to glue the candle stand to the plate. I applied plenty of the glue around the outside perimeter of the candle stand and then pressed it down firmly for a couple of minutes so that it could dry.
how to protect wood furniture
The candle holder had a bright green felt piece of fabric on the bottom to prevent scratches on furniture surfaces. It was pretty ugly (think artificial turf green! agh!), so I removed it and replaced it with a tweed scrap of fabric from my stash.
After gluing with the same super glue, I cut off the excess fabric with sharp scissors.
silkscreen stencil the top
The top of the wooden plate needed to be stenciled too. I followed the same steps for laying out the design except for the placement of each motif. Picture the clock face – I laid the motifs out at 12,2,4,6,8 and 10.
The silkscreen stencils are flexible so they curved around the area on the top of the plate with ease. You just can’t get this flexibility with the more common mylar stencil.
how to apply big mama’s butta
Now it was time to seal the piece. The top surface of the wooden plate could come into contact with food – you know, like a yummy chocolate cake. Get focused Cindy!
I hear the word chocolate and I get distracted!
Dixie Belle makes a food-safe wax that enhances wood grain. I chose to use Big Mama’s Butta in Orange Grove.
It’s super easy to apply. Use a chip brush and work a small amount of wax on the surface. I used a circular motion to be sure I was getting the wax into the grain from all directions.
I applied Big Mama’s Butta over the entire piece, the top and bottom of the plate, and the candle holder base.
All that is left to do is to buff the surfaces with a blue shop towel and then let it dry overnight.
So easy to use this super soft wax and the scent is AMAZING!! I didn’t feel like I was working at all. I felt like I was in an orange grove!
And look at the results! Isn’t this the most adorable thrift store home decor piece you’ve seen?? And it is practical too!
how to distress Dixie Belle paint
I forgot to mention that when the paint was completely dry, I lightly distressed the stenciled design. Just a little rub with the sanding pad until it is distressed to your liking!
You can see in the image below that the distressing creates a worn-over-time look.
Doesn’t the paint show up so good on the dark wood?
fun surprise underneath!
Even though the underside of the plate was for practice with the stencil, I’m really glad I did it. It’s a fun surprise underneath.
You can also see the piece of tweed fabric I used on the bottom of the candle holder to protect any surface this stand might be on.
uses for this thrift store home decor piece
Let’s chat about uses for the thrift store home decor piece.
The obvious one is a cake. Ok, I’m back to the chocolate cake idea!
You could also use it to serve other desserts like cookies or brownies.
Let’s think of some ideas outside of the obvious food serving ideas.
Next to a kitchen, this could be used to hold a pretty dish soap dispenser and a small scrub brush. If you decide to use this cake plate riser for something similar, I would suggest sealing it with Dixie Belle’s Gator Hide. It is a super-strong, water-repelling top coat.
This piece could also be used in the bathroom to hold glass jars filled with cotton balls, q-tips, and maybe a pretty bottle of hand lotion.
Wherever you choose to use a piece like this, it will be gorgeous!
Pin the image below to your home decor and furniture boards! Just click the pin button at the top left corner!
the thrifting fun continues!
This post is part of a blog hop I did with some of my thrifty blogging friends! Be sure to visit their posts to see the fun projects they have to share with us!
Boys Rocking Chair – My Repurposed Life
Sand And Seashells Beach Jar Idea – Petticoat Junktion
Large Farmhouse Metal Basket – Domestically Speaking
Outdoor Coffee Table Makeover – Our Southern Home
Boho Chic Jewelry Tray – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Coastal Coasters – Sadie Seasongoods
Upcycled Shutter Angel – House Of Hawthornes
Thrifted Child’s Wall Easel To Wall Decor – Organized Clutter
Easy Cake Stand – Reinvented Delaware (that’s me!!)
Refresh Bathroom Vanity Light – Shop At Blu
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