Whitney’s Wannabe Antique Cake Stand


Hey Guys!! I spent my weekend with the fam in Lubbock and made it home just in time to share my next project with you.  A few weeks ago I saw a picture of an antique cake stand in a magazine and was instantly inspired to copy… although this shanty is far from antique:)  Here’s what I did…
I started by purchasing my supplies.  I found three great hat boxes at Hobby Lobby at 50% off.  I paid less than $12 for all three… woohoo!!
I also bought 2 unfinished wood candlesticks and a bag of 6 little candlesticks.  This picture shows 3… you only need 2.
I also had my Gorilla Glue Epoxy handy… Hot glue will not cut it on this project!  I had to pull out my big guns…
For this project I only used the tops of the hat boxes.  My first step was to glue my candlesticks to the tops.  I added glue to each candlestick and started building…
My little candlesticks became the feet for the bottom stand…
Still building…
I used another little candlestick for the top and glued an unfinished wood finial to it.  You can find these at Lowe’s on the trim aisle.
Now to add it to the top…
My next step was to get this baby one color!  My color of choice… Rustoleum American Accents Heirloom White spray paint.  I took it out in the garage and gave it a couple of coats.
When my paint dried I was wanting this to appear antique, so I distressed the candlesticks using my 3M block sander…
I then used a Shanty Sisters favorite… Ralph Lauren Smoke Glaze over the entire stand.  You just paint it on and wipe it off with a cloth.  You can leave as much on as you like to get the finish you like best.
Almost done…
I do love natural lighting for my photos so much better, but when you finish your project at 9:00pm that typically is not an option.  Sorry!
My final step was to dress it up.  I fought the urge to cover it in Christmas goodies!  But, I did “Winterize” it a bit.  I picked up some pine cones from a house down the street and added just a few walnuts on there as well.  The best part about this… You won’t have to hide this project in a closet 10 months out of the year!  It can be decorated for every season!  What do you think??
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  1. Mary Ellen (megardengal) on November 2, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Great idea! I am wondering about how much weight you could put on each tray or would it have to be light things like the pinecones?


  2. { L } on November 2, 2009 at 6:03 am


  3. Mama Thompson on November 2, 2009 at 5:40 am

    I LOVE that…I may have to find a place in my home that needs that…which would mean that I need to make one right?!

  4. Nancy W on November 2, 2009 at 5:36 am

    Awesome! I have those hat boxes to store stamps…hmmmmmmmmmmmmm Hugs from Conroe, TX!

  5. Darin, Jenn and Ivy on November 2, 2009 at 5:32 am

    *SIGH* I miss Hobby Lobby. Curse smaller towns and their lack of craft supplies!

  6. Valerie on November 2, 2009 at 5:31 am

    All I can say is WOW! What a great idea! I am filing this little gem away at

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. pk on November 2, 2009 at 5:30 am

    What a creative way to make a cake stand! It turned out great.

    pk @ Room Remix

  8. Get Your Martha On on November 2, 2009 at 5:28 am

    This is one of the best Shanty2Chic projects yet!

  9. Nori on November 2, 2009 at 5:08 am

    Ooooooo!!! Love this project!!! You two are blessed with creative juices!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing them with us!

  10. Kristin on November 2, 2009 at 4:59 am

    This is so cute! How much weight do you think the cardboard box lids will hold?

  11. Tales From My Empty Nest on November 2, 2009 at 4:55 am

    This turned out really cute!!! Love it!! Thanks for sharing. Love & blessings from NC!

  12. 'T' on November 2, 2009 at 4:54 am

    this rules.

  13. Sarah on November 2, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Creative clever idea! This looks terrific and perfect for the upcoming holidays. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  14. Beautifully Inspired on November 2, 2009 at 4:48 am

    This is just darling!!! I can't wait to make one!

  15. Suzanne on November 2, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Your creativity astounds me. Seriously. I've been thinking of purchasing a cupcake stand and now I think I'll make something like this instead. Love it. Thanks so much for the idea.

  16. Jane on November 2, 2009 at 4:40 am

    We creatives think alike! This is almost exactly what I made for my Gorilla Glue project. Not exactly, but the candle sticks part is the same! You'll see it on Thursday.

  17. Traci @ Beneath My Heart on November 2, 2009 at 4:35 am

    That turned out great! Good job!

  18. Jenglamgirl on November 2, 2009 at 4:33 am


  19. Room to Inspire on November 2, 2009 at 4:25 am

    Okay Ladies, I have seriously been trying to come up with a creative way of "making" a stand just like this! And I kept getting stumped when it came to the actual tray portion – the hat boxes are brilliant! Love it.


  20. Chris on November 2, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Are you serious? This is such a great idea! I've got a million of those hat boxes in my basement, and I know exactly what I'm going to do with them. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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