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Saturday, September 17, 2011

A DIY Cupcake Candelabra Trash To Treasure

I thought you might like to see the before picture of the candelabra turned cupcake stand I made. I first showed in my Betty Crocker Fun-da-Middles Giveaway Package post. You can read more about it here. And be sure to enter too!

Remember how I told you my computer likes to eat my photos, never to be seen again.  Well that's exactly what happened to my before picture of the candelabra along with several others. 
So I searched to blogland to see if anyone else me have been as crazy creatively insighted as myself to have bought something so hideous. And can you believe it - Jackpot! I found another kindred soul. Ricci from Your Design Partner have found the exact same candelabra. And she was sweet enough to send me a copy of her before pic so I could share it for my post.

When I went to the thrift store I was searching for something to make a cupcake stand out of.  I really didn't know what I was looking for and hoped I would know it when I saw it.  The first store no luck.  If it was there, my mind wasn't seeing it.  When I got to the Humane Thrift store I saw this right off but passed it up several times hoping to find something better.  On top of that none of the saucers looked right and all were to big and then I spotted this little plates.  Just the perfect size.  Okay I'm sold now.

But the best laid plans go sometimes go a rye.  My idea was to paint it a retro turquoise and red look.  So after taking it apart, scuffing it with a light sanding and painting the separate pieces and sealing them with a clear coat, I was like - YUCK!  I screwed up.  I should have painted the wood turquoise and the iron red.  OOPS.  Well there was no way I was going to go through all that again.  So polka dots to the rescue.  I had to break up that color some how.

In the end I'm actually happy with it.  It's fun and cheery and makes me smile.  I think I'm going to end up putting it in my etsy store though.  It's time to start listing some items.

Wouldn't you like to see this candelabra in a totally different look?  Lucky you, I already found Ricci for you and you can see hers by just clicking here.  You're gonna love her elegant makeover.  So be sure to go stop by Your Design Partner and visit Ricci  It's so much fun seeing how two different people can take the same hideous item and come up with three completely different looks and all of them winners.

I have to say, Ricci did a better job saving money.  She got a really good deal on hers.
Here's my budget breakdown:
Candelabra - $3.00 w/ 10% off = $2.70
5 Little Plates @ .50 ea = $2.50 w/ 10%  off = $2.25
Paint which I already had $0
Grand total = $4.95

I've linked my makeover up to some great Sunday Parties.  There's lots of creative ideas to peruse.


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I don't know if it's just my area or have all the thrift stores really raised there prices.  Our Good Will has long been pricing things at antique prices.  Now the other thrift stores have gone up too.  What about the ones near you?

Thanks for stopping in to see my trash to treasure.  Let me know if you've done one you'd like to share.  I'd love to feature it here on Cotton Pickin Cute.

Be inspired and have fun ya'll.
Hugs.......Tracy :)


  1. I noticed that cute holder in the previous post. I thought it was soooo cute but I had no idea you made it. Hope is didn't miss some of the narrative. You did a fab job with the paint. Hugs, Ginger

  2. Tracy, so nice to meet you ... you stopped by my blog today and some of the sweetest comments. I love love love your cupcake stand ... it is cute and oh so whimsical! I cant wait to see what you do next.

  3. oh my gosh this is the cutest thing ever!!! MUCH better than the original!! i love it!!!

  4. That is super-cute and adorably quirky! Love it!

  5. Wow!! From uber-drab to supah-fab! ADORABLE!

  6. fabulous repurpose!!! absolutely adorable!!!

  7. Adorable. Way to think outside the box! I'm lovin those vibrant colors! Came over via Under the Table and Dreaming.

  8. That is so cute! You did an awesome job making it look so adorable! What a great idea!!!

  9. Cotton pickin cute is right! Love your creation.

  10. A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.!!!!!! And I love the name of your blog too!

  11. my friend michelle who is the cupcake queen in my book would drool over this... Im sending her the link she live in germany.. this is AMAZING>>>

  12. Way too cute! I've got this linked to my cake stands post as well, nice job!

  13. love it!!! and I agree with you about the thrift stores raising their prices, I thought places like Salvation army, and Goodwill etc..were for people that couldn't afford much..how are they suspose to afford them now...plus everything they get is donated!!!!

  14. found you from lambaround and this is just so cute reminds me of something from the mad hatters tea party which I love xx

  15. Amazing project! This'll be featured in my Sunday Linky Party this week :)

  16. Hi Tracy, guess what? I like yours better. You did a wonderful job and I'm sure it will be featured in a lot of get-togethers. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  17. I have this exact candelabra in my 'stash' & will be making one of these cuties ASAP! What a creative genius for even thinking of such an adorable dessert stand! And the fact that it was all under $5 is just 'icing on the cake' {*Giggle* sorry, I couldn't help myself} I'm your newest follower!