|One of my “new” pedestal stands.|
Last week-end there were no estate sales and I was bored with thrift shops, so I made a trip south to the Barn Flea Market in Ravena. This is really a misnomer since it’s owned by one person and merchandise doesn’t change, it just gets continuously piled on! Located off Exit 22 of the NYS Thruway (I87/I90) on Route 9W, this place is chock full of junk–just my kind of place!
Lately I’ve been quite taken with all of the various pedestal stands that I’ve seen people coming up with on their blogs and on Pinterest. All sorts of bits and bobs are being “married” together to make these beautiful stands. Candle holders and vases often serve as the base, and then plates, platters, and cake pans make the tops. The flea market seemed like the perfect place to find a bunch of this stuff to work with.
I had similar plans for the glass and ceramic candle holders, though it will be much simpler–no paint involved! The crystal holders are Mikasa; they cost $1 each. The ceramic one is Dansk and it cost $1 as well. I can’t decide whether to use the Dansk piece as a base or to sell it. Often I find that one candle holder can take a long time to sell, since people tend to prefer to buy them in pairs.
And here are some of the results. After I cleaned everything up, and removed the price tag gunk, I spent a fair amount of time mixing and matching the tops and bottoms until I found the matches that I liked. My two favorites so far are the glass one on the left and the silver and crystal one in the back. I’ve already used the latter to showcase my burlap tags.
UPDATE: I just recently realized that I never explained how to connect the bases with the tops! The “secret” is E-6000 glue (available at most craft stores) and a bit of sand paper. Sand the area on both pieces where you plan to connect them; wipe clean.
Put a ring of glue on the base, “touch” it to the bottom of the plate, platter, or bowl you’re using for the top, but then pull the pieces apart. The glue needs to sit for 2 minutes. When the time is up, adhere your two pieces together tightly. Let it cure for 24-48 hours and you’re good to go!
Other pedestal stands I have made:
Turning Vintage Junk Into Farmhouse Pedestal Stands
DIY Pedestal Stands
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