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Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Day two has arrived and I have ANOTHER fabulous Très Frugal DIY gift idea for you. Honestly, this is one of my favorites. And I owe it all to this little picture from my Instagram friend, Kennesha. She blogs over at Restoration House and has an amazing sense of style!

After seeing her rustic cake stand that she wanted to DIY, my creative wheels began to burn rubber.

I simply picked up a few wood discs and a furniture leg to create a unique cake stand. Here’s the tutorial:

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Materials:

  • 15″ Wood Disc from Lowe’s
  • 5″ and 7″ Wood plaques (from Michaels)
  • Turned furniture leg (from Lowe’s)
  • E-6000 glue (or wood glue)
  • 1 – 2.5″ wood screw
  • 3M Sandpaper block
  • Drill
  • Drill bit slightly smaller than the screw
  • Drill bit slightly smaller than the furniture leg bolt
  • Philips head screwdriver bit
  • Food safe sealer (Behandla cutting board sealer found at IKEA)

Optional: Paint & Glazes (all available at Lowe’s):

  • Valspar 6006-1A Woodrow Wilson Putty
  • Valspar 6007-2A Arid Plains
  • Valspar 6005-1A Asiago
  • Valspar clear mixing glaze
  • Dry brush paint brush
  • Paint brush

Not optional: Cake or Cupcakes!!!! (kidding of course)

Instructions:

Lightly sand any rough edges off of the wood discs and furniture leg.

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Painting and Glazing:

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

If you wish to give your cake stand a rustic weathered look, paint the base color on all wood parts. (Base color: Valspar 6006-1A Woodrow Wilson Putty )

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Dark glaze: Mix 1 part Valspar 6007-2A Arid Plains with 1 part clear glaze.

Lightly brush on the dark glaze. Wipe off any excess in a minute or two.

White wash glaze: Mix 1 part Valspar 6005-1A Asiago with 1 part clear glaze.

Dry brush the white wash glaze on all parts. You should see the dark glaze and base color peeking through.

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

After the paint and glazes have dried. Mark the center of the 15″ circle on the underside. Using the drill bit that is slightly smaller than the furniture leg bolt, drill a hole into the center of the underside of the 15″ wood disc.

Screw the furniture leg into the bottom of the large disc.

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Drill holes into the center of the two small discs using a drill bit slightly smaller than the wood screw diameter. Create a countersink hole by using the larger drill bit to drill slightly into the bottom of the 7″ disc.

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Thread the two small discs onto the wood screw. The larger disk should go on first. Put a few dots of E-6000 between the two discs to keep them from spinning.

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Put some more E-6000 on the base of the furniture leg.

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Set the two smaller wood discs onto the furniture leg.

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Use a screwdriver bit in the drill to tighten the wood screw into the furniture leg.

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Seal the cake stand with food safe sealant. Follow the directions per your sealer.

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Load up your cake stand with cupcakes or cake. Although the stand is sealed, I use a doily or decorative paper to protect the food. It also protects the cake stand from absorbing oils.

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

If you have a cake stand lid or cloché, you can use it to keep the food fresh for days.

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

I can’t wait to use this stand for our next party or to decorate. What? I’m not giving it as a gift…well sometimes you love something you made too much to give away. 😉

Rustic Wood Cake Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Stay tuned for more November Très Frugal DIY Gift Ideas all month long.

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25 replies
  1. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    I was wondering if you could answer a question for me regarding the paint/glaze? I’m wanting to achieve the rustic look, but with the main color being mint green. Are all of the steps the same except for replacing the base color (Woodrow Wilson)?
    Thank you for sharing this tutorial – love it!

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Barbara, go for it! I’d definitely try your own color choices. And yes, use the other glazes, or mix them up with different colors too. A fail safe would be to use three colors in the same color family.

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  2. Karen E. Concannon
    Karen E. Concannon says:

    This looks fabulous, and I definitely want to make it! A couple quick questions: After applying the base layer of paint, how long do you wait before applying the first glaze? Do you let the paint dry completely, just wait a couple minutes, or do it immediately? Also, for dry brushing the light glaze, is the brush a special kind for the job or simply a brush that is dry?

    This would retail for at least $50 in a home store I cannot really afford (PB) and $75 in a home store I definitely cannot afford (RH)!

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      Karen, it is best to let the base coat dry before applying the glaze. Just let it dry to touch. I did use a dry brush used for decorative painting, but any paint brush that is slightly frayed will work.

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