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. Chelisa Brooks on December 19, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Can I just tell you how excited i am to have found this! I’ve been on the HUNT for a pretty cupcake stand for our wedding! This is amazing!

  2. Linda Skinner on September 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    TOO CUTE! I want to make one for my bathroom vanity, barrets a clips etc. THANKS!!!

  3. Andrea on April 23, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    My friend made this and she told me she got it off your blog. Super cute!! It took me awhile to find it though. Please consider adding a categories to your blog 🙂

  4. Julie on December 21, 2009 at 6:36 am

    i love this! i am gonna try it with the lids from the old cannisters that the thrift stores are loaded with!! i think those things cost like 25 cents each or at least they are less than $1! i like the idea of them because i can make it a tad smaller for a smaller area!!!
    fun!! i cant wait to hit th ethrift stores!!!

  5. pinkstilettos on November 26, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    How Brilliant and so pretty! I might just have to try this myself..maybe!

  6. Amy on November 16, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    I love your blog! You both are so inspiring! I just had to run out and find all the supplies so I could make one too. I couldn't find hatboxes, so I used burner covers! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  7. Lori (All That Splatters) on November 13, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I LOVE this!! What a great idea. I haven't crafted in ages. You've inspired me to get started again. Beautiful!

  8. Liz on November 13, 2009 at 1:07 pm



  9. Lily's Pad and Petals... on November 13, 2009 at 1:52 am

    wow that is too cute !!!

  10. Rook No. 17 on November 12, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    This is really brilliant! What incredibly creative thinking! Amazing! You do so many wonderful projects, but this is my absolute fav so far!

  11. bj on November 12, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    This is so cute…very creative.
    Next time you are going to be in Lubbock, give me a shout, I'll, I'll email you my phone no. and maybe can buy you lunch!! :O)

  12. Claudia on November 5, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I love that you used a hatbox! Perfect – I have some of those candlesticks and finials in a box somewhere. Hmmm.

  13. HuNnY aNd PoPpA LeWiS on November 5, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Oh my goodness, isn't that the cuteset thing!! You did good, girl!!

  14. Nice and Easy Antiques on November 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Looks great! Wonderful project!

  15. Gypsy Brocante on November 5, 2009 at 11:19 am

    A hat box and glue … who knew!
    Awesome inspiration here … thank you!


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