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March 8, 2024

Create an easy pedestal serving tray with repurposed old or thrift store items.

Nothing is more fulfilling than taking someones discarded trash and repurposing it into a treasure.

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If you like to entertain like me, then you’ll find this easy project right up your alley.

With just a couple of materials and in no time, you’ll transform ordinary items into a stylish centerpiece for your next buffet table.

And if entertaining isn’t your thing, I think this pedestal tray also looks great elevating decor too.

Over the last several weeks we’ve scored some amazing finds while thrifting and recently we found this black metal stand that I thought would be perfect for a pedestal serving tray.

Join us as we take someone’s junk and create a beautiful and functional piece that will impress your guests and elevate your hosting game.

Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed


For this simple craft project you’ll need a stand of some sort, I believe mine was from a hurricane.

And as luck would have it, it was 1/2 price too.

Would you believe I only paid $1 for it?!

Thrift store finds, black metal raised base and a round wooden lazy susan.

But as you’re wandering through the thrift store or your own stash, look for chunky candlesticks decorative pedestals, anything that will raise your serving tray.

For the top of my pedestal serving tray, I’m using an old lazy Susan.

I found it a while back while thrifting, but found I didn’t really use it that often.

However I think now as a pedestal tray, it will get a lot more use.

As you look for a piece that will serve as your tray, look for platters, plates, cheese boards, even a small framed mirror might be fun.

Let your creativity run wild and let us know what you come up with.

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Clean and Sand Pieces

As with everything purchased secondhand, give it a good cleaning first.

My preferred method is Dawn dish soap in warm water, or TSP.

You’ll want to make sure the pieces are free from grease and oils so the glue will adhere well.

Before sanding, I typically like to clean wood surfaces with Dawn as well.

This will prevent the sandpaper from getting clogged with grease and grime.

The original finish is sanded off of the lazy susan with the blak metal stand.

If you’re using a wood tray like mine, you may want to sand down the surface if there are any imperfections.

In my case the finish was too dark for my liking.

I started removing the old finish with 80 grit and then a final sanding with 220 grit.

Then remove any dust with a tack cloth.

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Adhere Pedestal Serving Tray

It’s now time to adhere the two pieces together.

E6000 glue is applied to the rim of the black metal stand to adhere the round wooden piece.

I’ve found that E6000 glue seems to bond everything together extremely well.

Place a bead of glue around the perimeter of your stand, then center and place your serving tray on top.

Allow the glue to set and cure.

I left mine overnight.

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Apply a Protective Topcoat

If your surface is wood like mine you’ll want to seal and protect it

Cutting board oil is applied to the wooden piece to form a protecting layer.

And if you’re using your pedestal serving tray for food, you’ll want to use a food safe protectant.

I chose cutting board oil.

I already had it on hand and it can easily be reapplied when the wood is looking dry.

If you plan to use your pedestal tray strictly for decor purposes, you can use a polyurethane topcoat.

Pedestal Serving Tray

Can you believe how easily this piece comes together?

Finished pedestal serving tray styled on the kitchen island with a bunch of daffodils.

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or a brunch gathering, your handmade pedestal serving tray will definitely set the stage.

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Styled pedestal serving tray on kitchen island with wood candlesticks, daffodil bunch with assorted vegetables on the pedestal serving tray.

Plus it’s so versatile, perfect for creating a beautiful vignette anywhere in your home.

Styled pedestal serving tray on kitchen island with concrete birds, potted plant, black candlesticks and a black bead garland.

Is this a project you’d like to try for your home?

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Kirsten

    Charming and simple project! I came here though because I have to ask, you referred to the base you used, as a hurricane. Sorry, may I ask for some clarification on what that is? I’ve heard of antique glass hurricane lamps, but they don’t look like what you used. Anyway, just curious, and look forward to your response.

    1. Michelle Dickson

      I’m familiar with the antique hurricane lamps, but I believe the base I used was originally the base for a large glass candle hurricane. It has a rim that would hold the glass. I’ll link a similar hurricane here.

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