Greetings and salutations. I hope you're all having a marvelous Sunday afternoon. I certainly am. There is usually a lot to do on Sundays, but this one is actually kind of mild and peaceful, so much so that my fiancee has drifted off into a rather deep slumber. It's well deserved. The end of this past week has been chock full of work. Dan has been laboring long and hard over the bathroom at our new house, and when I haven't been at that task with him, I've been working on wedding whatnots. This last month and a half before the big day is when we get to think about all the lovely little details...which break down into all the lovely little DIY projects. Today I'm going to share with you (in step by step fashion) the latest and greatest of these projects:
If you're on the up and up of what's trendy in the wedding world (i.e., a late teen to mid-twenties female with internet access), you probably know that dessert buffets are all the rage. The internet is practically clogged with all kinds of picture of cutesy jars filled with colorful candies and mini pies and all that jazz. I love it. I so very support this trend, and that's simply because it's genius. It is cost savvy and guest-friendly. I don't think I need to go into how expensive wedding cakes can be ($6 a serving!), and let's face it...some of us prefer brownies and cookies to cake. And when you add how fun the presentation of a dessert buffet can be, why resist it? I can't. We are dessert buffeting. Absolutely.
I've perused more than a few wedding websites checking out ideas for dessert buffets, and I have come to the conclusion that presentation is key. Those cutesy jars and fun trays are what elevates a table of yummies from looking like a church potluck to looking like wedding elegance. I noticed a lot of DIY cake plate tutorials (plate + candlestick + glue) popping up all over not too long ago, and it didn't take all that much to manipulate that idea to fit my needs. A little time this week and the idea came into being. I now have several platters for our dessert buffet. Here's how it happened...
I used: 1.) different sized plates and cups from Goodwill, 2.) Loctite quickset epoxy, 3.) a nail file, 4.) spray paint, and 5.) clear spray enamel.
My local Goodwill has a special sale on the last Saturday of every month (50% off of everything!) So I took one of those Saturdays as an opportunity to get myself some tableware. I looked for plates and cups that had unique textures and patterns so that the platters would have a nice whimsical, quirky vibe. A coffee cup and a tea cup were the supports, and then I put a...what would you call that? A goblet? I put a shallow, long-stemmed goblet on the top, for holding smaller items or dip. I stacked them up in the store (only slightly precariously) to see how I liked them all together. The 3-tiered dish I'm showing here required finding items that varied just enough in sizes to stack in an attractive way.
You need to use some kind of a tool to mix and apply the epoxy to the surfaces you are bonding. I used an old file. Can you tell in the above picture that the left half of that glue is slightly yellower than the right half? This is before I had mixed it together. Once you squeeze it onto your protected surface, use the tool to mix the epoxy, and then apply it to the rim of your cup...
You don't need to use a lot, but it needs to be consistent so that it forms an even seal and bond. If I were doing this over again, I would first attach each cup to its respective plate, let them dry, and then attach the separate layers. As it was, I started at the top and worked down. It ended up a little off center in some places...but let's just say it's "whimsical" and move on, eh?
When you've attached everything, the epoxy needs to dry for a whole day. Then you move on to the fun part...
That's right, spray paint here. (Sorry for the grainy pictures. I did what I could with them in Picasa, but at the end of a day, a lame camera gives you lame pictures.) Can you tell I'm a Rust-Oleum fan? I primed everything with the brown primer before putting on the top color coat, which worked out really nicely for the copper pieces giving them a deeper hue...not too shiny. (You can see some of the copper pieces in the first picture.) The Heirloom White is the color I'm showing you on this dish. It's a little more toward ivory, which is all good in my hood. After the paint dried I finished them off with a few light coats of clear spray enamel, so that I wasn't at risk of having paint rub off on food.
*A note about spray painting ceramic and glass pieces...make sure you apply thin coats of paint (by spraying evenly from at least 8 inches away) so that it doesn't run. This is especially important when priming. The piece will not absorb the paint at all...so you need to put it on lightly enough that it sticks without objection.
When everything was said and done, this is what I ended up with. I have to be honest...I am really really pleased with how these turned out. Can't you just see strawberries all piled up on that thing, with dipping chocolate in the top cup? I can. And it makes me freaking excited. This one is definitely my favorite...I think that tea cup in the middle is so great. I look at that and think of having delicious scones with the Mad Hatter.
Happy happy happy.
Til next time!