This post was sponsored by Plutonium Paint through Crafty Hangouts, but all opinions in here are mine. Just a spoiler–I think Plutonium Paint is pretty awesome, and should definitely be in your craft box!
In the five years I’ve been styling parties, I can say that hands down my two biggest tools I use to bring parties together are spray paint and thrift store treasures. It’s prohibitively expensive to buy a set of new matching cake stands or a cake tower every single time you have an event (and a pain to store all those dishes), so being able to put together a quick serving piece for only a few dollars is a real bonus! I’m happy to share with you how I make DIY thrift store cake stands using found pieces and Plutonium Paint spray paint in this video tutorial.
Materials to make a thrift store cake tower:
- Base for cake tower
- Candlestick for 2nd tier height
- 1 large plate or platter
- 1 small plate or platter
- Plutonium Paint
- Epoxy or hot glue
- Acrylic food-safe sealer (optional)
Now, you can be as wildly creative as you want, choosing colors that match your larger project, or just whatever happens to please you most. Paint on stencils, create an ombre effect, or use a different color for every piece of the cake stand–lots of possibilities! Here are a few spray painted pieces from my party past to inspire you:
- Spray painted hutch and tea cart
- Spray painted serveware and purple riser (it was an old shelf!)
- Spray painted riser (used to be purple!)
- Spray painted frames
- Spray painted bed – yes, the whole bed!
- Spray painted bombay chest , tea cart (used to be pink!) and cake stands
- Spray painted frames
- Spray painted shelving
There are plenty more if you take a look around my party portfolio.
Not all spray paints are created equal.
I never use or endorse products here on Frog Prince Paperie that I don’t absolutely love or believe in–so I can in all honesty tell you I really wish I had known about Plutonium Paint before doing all those other projects.
Why? First, it would have been a huge time saver. The paint dries in about five minutes. You have to be sure spray paint is totally cured on serving pieces before handling them else they are gummy and the paint slides around on whatever you are painting. Not so with Plutonium!
The pigment load in Plutonium Paint is also a lot greater than in the hardware store paint cans…which means you can get away with one coat. Which means you don’t have to spend all that extra time putting extra coats on. And if you’re painting a hutch or a dresser–that could add up to hours of work!
To say the least, I am in love with Plutonium Paint , and plan to toss all the cans in my garage and replace them with these lovelies. Certainly worth giving a great new product a shot if you haven’t already.
Show me the crafty!
If you take the challenge and make a thrift store cake stand of your own, send a pic and I’d love to show them off!