DIY Tiered Tray Upcycled From Thrift Store Finds

Country Chic Paint
by Country Chic Paint
8 Materials
30 Minutes

This DIY tiered tray was upcycled from everyday thrift store finds by Holly from Gracie's Place! Keep reading to find out how you can make this project yourself right at home.

I am forever swooning over tiered trays on Instagram and Pinterest. I have been searching high and low for one that I like at all my favourite home decor stores but the other day it occurred to me that I could just make my own — and at a fraction of the cost, too!

Step One:

Using a mitre saw, cut your spindle.

This step will vary depending on the type of spindle that you have. I found these spindles at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. They were a little too long and I didn’t want the tiered tray to tip. I cut my spindle in between one of the grooves in the middle. If you can find a short enough spindle, you may not need to cut it.

Step Two:

Using a foam brush, paint on one layer of Country Chic Paint  in the shade, Simplicity.

Step Three:

After you have allowed the first coat of paint to dry sufficiently, apply a second coat of Simplicity.

Step Four:

Using a piece of cheesecloth, apply the Country Chic Paint Antiquing Wax on the raised edges of the spindle.

Step Five:

Blend the wax in really well with your cheesecloth.

Allow the spindles to fully dry.

Step Eleven:

Wait two minutes and press the bottom of the cake pan onto the top of the spindle. Use something heavy to keep the pan and spindle from separating or moving while the glue is setting.

Step Twelve:

Once the glue is set, remove the weight and glue the spindle with the drawer pull in place so that it’s in line and straight with the spindle below.

Step Six:

Using a drill and a 3/16-inch bit to drill a hole into the top of one of the spindle pieces.

Step Seven:

Stick your drawer pull into the drilled hole and fix in place with E6000.

Step Eight:

Apply E6000 all around the bottom of the spindle piece without the drawer pull, and in the center of one of the cake pans.

Step Nine:

Wait two minutes, and then press the spindle into the cake pan. Use a clean piece of cheesecloth to wipe away any excess glue.

Step Ten:

Apply glue to the top of the spindle that was glued to the first cake pan and glue to the bottom of the other cake pan.

Step Thirteen:

Decorate and stage your tiered tray to suit your style!

Leave a comment below to tell us what you think of this DIY tiered tray project!

Check out this video to see this project in action!

Suggested materials:
  • Spindles
  • Two or three plates, platters or trays   (Thrift store)
  • All-in-One Decor Paint – Simplicity   (Country Chic Paint)
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  • Kathy Kathy on May 23, 2019

    Is there a picture of the finished piece? I can't find one.

  • Diane Silva Randolph Diane Silva Randolph on Apr 09, 2020

    We're the directions in the wrong order for anyone but me? I've made several tiered trays, usually with vintage enamelware plates. I never thought of putting a doorknob on top. Great idea!

    PS. The last picture is the finished product, but it's already filled so hard to see.

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  • Christine Cajigas Christine Cajigas on Jun 10, 2019

    No finished piece? That's a shame. Would loved to have seen how it turned out.

  • Susan Beery Susan Beery on Dec 06, 2020

    Just above step13 is a photo of finished piece with her display items included. For those looking for that photo.

    clever idea thanks for inspiring us