Monday, January 16, 2012

Tutorial: Upcycle a Vintage Dish into a Dish Stand

I love thrift store shopping...looking at all the vintage and retro pieces just makes me smile.  Sometimes I wonder if I was born in the wrong time period because I love that stuff so much. ;)
Christmas weekend we saw lots of family and my wonderful Aunt showed me the cake stands she was making with vintage dishes.  They were adorable and so unique looking and I loved them as soon as I saw them.  This weekend when I went thrift store shopping I had that piece that she had made in the back of my mind.  While looking at all the goodies {and hoping to find unique pieces to make my own dish stands} I found this beauty:

I love the detail work and how unique this piece is.  I have seen things like this on the web and on pinterest while looking for vintage pieces and was so excited when I found a beauty of my own! :)
My luck continued because I found the perfect dishes to use to make my dish stands and unique pieces to use for the stand parts as well.  I was so excited to go home and make my dish stands ....the whole time we finished running around I was thinking about my dish stands and how they were going to look.  ;)

What you need for this project:

Dishes {plates or bowls or even cups would work}
Sturdy pieces to use for your stands
E6000 Glue or similar Glue
Optional: Q ~ Tips for spreading the glue
Books to place onto your stand to hold the pieces together while they are drying.

Grab your plates and stands and lay them out on the table so you can decide how you want them to look.  I have three of  the same dishes this time around so I didn't have to think much about it.  But if you have different dishes this is the time to place them on the stands and find that perfect fit.
The dishes I got have a nice flat area in the middle and they also have a  lip to keep things in.   For my stands I found two old school candle holders and another stand that was meant for candles.  My husband just took off the middle point piece that was meant to go into a candle to hold it steady on the holder.  If you see cool pieces always look to see if you can change something about the piece to make a new use for it. :)

Put your dish upside down.  Apply your glue to the edge of the piece{the part that will touch your dish when the dish is resting on it} you are using for your stand with a q~tip.

Place the stand onto the dish and use gentle pressure to push the stand to the dish.  Place a book or two {not to heavy because you don't want to break your dish} onto the bottom of the stand to hold the two pieces together while the glue dries.

I didn't take photos of this part because I didn't want to risk getting that nasty glue on my camera. ;)
After you do all of your dishes and they are mostly dry.  Transfer them carefully to the garage, still upside down to dry.  The glue kinda smells so I like to let the pieces dry outside. :)
I can't wait to give two of these as gifts.  I just love how they came out! :)
You can use them for so many things....
to hold your jewelry
to hold your sewing stuff while sewing
to hold your sponges by your sink
to hold a candle
so many possibilities!
I plan to use mine for my jewelry in the bathroom.  That way I can place my jewelry in there before cleaning up. You could also put it by your kitchen sink and place your jewelry in there before washing dishes to keep your jewelry nice and clean. :)
Hoping everyone has a wonderful new years weekend!

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