DIY Thrifted Cake Plate Upcycle

black spray painted cake plate DIY by @my.charmed.cottage

I have been eyeing all of the super cute two-toned cake plates for a while now. There have been many times that I have had one in my cart but I always put it back at the last minute, not being able to spend so much money on something that I know I can get for a couple of dollars at the local thrift store. I knew I could easily create the same look with a simple DIY, I’m just not sure why it took me so long to finally do it.

I took a quick trip to my local Goodwill and found this basic glass cake plate for $2.99 (if you can’t find a thrifted plate but you want to try this DIY, here is a great option for under $20) Once I got it home, I just had to commit about 10-15 minutes to getting it all taped up. The prep work is always my least favorite part of any project. I do not tend to be a very patient person, I just want to get started, you know what I mean? Anyway, I knew I would mostly be using this plate as a decorative way to display my favorite candles and holiday greenery, but I wanted to make sure I had the option to use it for actual food too, so I taped off all of the areas that food would touch really well.

I knew I definitely wanted to spray paint this one, brush painting would have been way too much work and spray paint would give me the even coverage I wanted. My very favorite spray paint is the Behr Collection Chalk Decorative Paint. If you have ever used spray paint you know the frustration when the sprayer gets clogged or the spray is uneven. There are a few budget friendly brands that are pretty good, but for the most part the cheaper brands tend to be the most unreliable. This particular Behr spray paint is a little on the pricey end but it has never let me down. That is saying something too, I use spray paint quite often and I have used the Behr spray paint on a dozen or so projects just this Summer and it has yet to clog up on me or deliver uneven spray. I love being able to use this paint with confidence. For this project, I applied two coats of the color, Classic Noir.

I love the beautiful matte finish. This cake plate will be well used in my house, and when it is used for food, it will need to be washed, so I needed a good clear coat to protect the paint. In order to not only safeguard the paint but to also maintain the matte finish, I used the Rust-Oleum Chalked protective topcoat in Matte Clear. Just to play it safe, I applied two coats of the clear coat as well. Once that was completely dry, I removed the tape, gave it a good wipe down with a damp lint free cloth and it was finished. This was such an easy project but it made such a huge impact. I am in love with my new cake plate. To be honest, I like my DIY version better than any of the number of expensive cake plates I have had in my cart over the last year.


What do you think? Have you tried this DIY or something similar? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. If you try this, be sure to share your photos with me or tag me on Instagram @my.charmed.cottage I would love to see how it turns out!

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