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The candlestick above looks pretty ugly, right? I mean, thrift store items aren’t always in the best condition, so you have to look at a piece’s potential. I wasn’t looking at this as a holder for my candles, although, I might have ended up using it for that anyway. What I actually had in mind was a little different. One thing I really liked about this candlestick is that the top has a large surface area, which is perfect for a tray stand! So, stick around and let me show you how to create a pedestal tray! Plus, I’ll be sharing some fall decor ideas for the tray!
This is the tray that I decided to use. Now, you might be thinking, umm, hello, where is the bottom? I’m assuming this used to be a vanity tray and it most likely had a glass or mirror bottom. This is how I bought it though. I knew the perfect project was out there for it and this is it. The first thing I did was paint it. I used Waverly chalk paint in Peacock.
My tray needed a bottom, so I chose to use the large paint stir sticks; the ones you use for the five gallon buckets of paint. I had to cut them down to fit, using a coping saw. After cutting them, I sanded the cut edges and stained them using watered down brown paint. After they were completely dry, I used e6000 to glue them onto the two metal cross pieces on the bottom of the tray.
I did need a bit more stability underneath the tray, so I layered some regular sized paint sticks across the underside. I didn’t bother painting these, because you won’t be able to see them, unless you’re looking for them. If you want to make this part look a bit nicer, you could use the same paint sticks that you used for the inside of the tray, and kind of sandwich those cross pieces.
Now, back to the candlestick. Brown was the color I chose for it. I painted it with a rough stroke because I wanted a weathered look. Once dried, I attached it to the bottom of the tray using e6000. I allowed the whole thing to dry over night. It turned out so pretty, I didn’t get a picture before I decorated it! Lol
Now that you have an idea for how to create a pedestal tray, let's decorate it!
The gather sign came from the Dollar Tree and I just gave it a coat of white paint. Additionally, both pumpkins came from the DT. I did replace the original stems with sticks from my yard, and added artificial leaves and raffia bows.
This miniature grapevine wreath came from the thrift store. I added berries from a pick that came from Walmart, attaching them with twine. Then, I threw together a re-fabbed bow using ribbon from Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby, artificial leaves, and raffia. Easy peasy!
The finishing touches of my tray were: a candle, a fall scented sachet, some grapevine balls, and a wood bead garland! I love how it turned out! What do you think??
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