Monday, January 18, 2016

DIY: Dessert Bar

One day at work, one of my coworkers mentioned a project she was working on for her wedding.  I had some spare time that weekend so I decided to give it a shot.  I went to a few local thrift stores and picked up some items for the pie stands. I bought large plates, platters, and even a microwave plate for the top part of the stands (FYI: The large plates with decorative edges ended up looking the nicest). Then I bought candle stick holders, flower vases, candy dishes, beer glasses, and light fixtures for the base of the stands. I even found a two tiered plate stand at one of the thrift stores for $1!! It didn't come with matching plates, but I was able to find some plates to make it work. 

Once I had enough items, I started arranging the pieces to make the stands. Here's what I came up with:

Next, it was time to start assembling the stands. I used the clear Gorilla Glue to glue the pieces together. Be sure to read the Gorilla Glue directions carefully. Now this next part is going to sound weird, but you're going to want to tape the pieces together after applying the glue. I taped the pieces together to hold them in place, and then I added some extra weight/pressure by placing other items on the stands. Here's a photo to help explain this step:

Once the glue had dried, I spray painted the stands either cream or gold. Always, Always, Always use Rust-Oleum Spray Paint!! For this project I thought I'd try a new brand and the bottle literally broke on me. I ended up with spray paint going every where, including all over my face!! So I'm back to using Rust-Oleum!! Here's the finished project at my coworkers wedding:

I decided to keep the stands, I just loved them!! I figured I could use them for cupcake stands or food stands at a future party....really I just didn't want to get rid of them cuz I like them sssoo much!! Oh..and how much did this project cost me?? Well I spent about $2 on each stand. So if you're wanting a dessert bar for a party or a wedding, save yourself some money and just make the stands yourself.  

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