Don't judge a cake stand by its color #Do It Yourself#before and after#home goods#makeover#spray paint September 21 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin Homie, AmalaaFish was gifted a cake stand, and what she did with it has me re-considering how I deal with gifted items that initially aren't my style. "I was given a free cake stand that just reminded me too much of my mom's photos from the '70s, so a little can of spray paint later and… …this is what I get! Now, it wasn't the blue I wanted but it will do for now. No primer or anything, just clean and spray! (Okay so I did tape tissue paper around the neck to prevent weird markings from the slotted top)." From poop brown '70s fugly, to retro '50s cake stand deliciousness with just a can of spray paint!? Has this totally changed the way you look at thrift store shopping or gifted items, too? Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz Megan is the LA-based Offbeat Empire editor. When she's not writing, editing, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. You can snoop into her personal life over on her website Funk in Deep Freeze! @meggyfin @treatsandgeeksLA @meggyfin PREVIOUS 7 ways we're saving money for daycare NEXT It's on like… a Donkey Kong-themed birthday party! Show/Hide comments [ 7 ] For my wedding I took these huge porcelain candle holders that were colored a sickly green and sprayed those bad boys a classic black, glued some clear plates on top and used them as classy cake plates. Spray paint can really do wonders. 2 agree Reply This kind of thing makes me wish we lived in a larger space… I have no room for pretty blue cake stands! Reply I don't know what kind of room you're working with, but I got this AMAZING purple glass cake stand for Christmas one year and I've gone completely out of my way to make sure that puppy has a home. When it's not holding a cake, I've employed it on top of a bookshelf to hold a jewelry box. Since it lifts the box up, I can actually put more stuff on there around the stand, so that's actually space-saving. I've also used it as a catchall (for keys, wallet, phone) by the door, as a stand for a houseplant and as a part of a table centerpiece. 2 agree Reply I use my awesome candle holder as a (small) plant stand on my mantle, so that my pictures can cluster around the base of it. Then when we need it for pretty occassions, down it comes to hold the hurricane lamp and mood lighting. 1 agrees Reply Well of course in my inside-the-box brain, I was thinking of "where would I store a cake stand?" I didn't think of getting one so awesome that it would be a showpiece in our home! Where would I be without all of OBH's baskets?!?!?! 3 agree Reply JUST WAIT! In a couple days, I've got a post going up about a great, practical use for cake stands. JUST WAIT! 4 agree Reply when not holding cupcakes and other baked good for all the different things I bake for many functions, this sits on my kitchen table holding dinner food. Makes great use of space if you have a small table and cook like thanksgiving all the days of the year. lol eventually it will become more teal than blue… or whatever my fancy strikes when I get back to it. 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.