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Tiered Tray From Thrifted Plates

Supplies Needed:

  • 3 Thrifted Plates
  • Spindles
  • Knob
  • E6000 Adhesive
  • Spray paint

I have always wanted a reason to buy all the pretty little plates from the thrift store or yard sales. I have wanted one of those beautiful tiered farmhouse trays for what seems like forever but could never bring myself to spend the money. There’s also my weird obsession with searching for old and beautiful plates so really this project was a match made in DIY heaven.

This project started with a collection of 3 plates from a local thrift store for about a quarter a piece. Two of them were authentic ironstone, which I collect, and the third caught my eye because of the detailing along the rim. They were dingy and dusty from sitting on the shelf and being forgotten but man their shapes unique and pretty! I had all the heart eyes!

Just so happened, as I searched and stacked them in my cart they seemed perfectly proportional …see what I mean, a match made in heaven! Obviously they weren’t perfect, note the chips, but for this project I didn’t mind. Nothing in my house looks brand new so really the chips were just a touch of life and character! The spindles and knob were junk finds from a a totally separate treasure hunt at a local trading company. I found them on the cheap and snatched em up for a project down the road. In case you haven’t realized yet…THIS is the project written in the DIY stars for their final resting place.

The next steps were all very easy! I used E6000 adhesive to attach the spindles to the plates, stacking and centering as I went. I like using this adhesive for projects that need a little more reinforcing than a traditional hot glue would provide.

This is what it looked like about halfway through. Truthfully it was super cute just like this but I my third plate was too perfect not to go ahead and add.

Once again, after adding the third tier you could call it finished, or like me, embellish the top with an old knob to add character! Note the crackling look in in the plate, if your on the hunt for vintage stoneware this is usually a good sign that your piece is authentic.

Next up, our trusty ole friend…spray paint. Oh how you have never let me down.

Pro Tip

Spray paint your piece in a cardboard box to prevent over spray, it also helps keep debris from sticking to your fresh paint.


It’s amazing what a few thrifty plates, adhesive and spray paint can do!I mean oh my goodness, I love it even if I say so myself. I must admit I wrestled with the idea of not painting it and leaving everything original but I took and chance and it paid off. Just look at how the paint brings out the character of the pieces. The moral of the story…just go for it already!

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    at 11:50 AM

    This is absolutely perfect!

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      at 6:21 PM

      Thank you!!!

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    at 1:53 PM

    I love this tiered tray. I too love using vintage finds! How far apart were your plates on the tier? Thank you.

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      at 3:11 AM

      Oh my goodness me too! I can’t remember for sure but if I have to guess probably 5 inches

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