Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Easy DIY 3-tier stand and vibrant fall color

Overnight it seemed like fall arrived here in the mountains with crisp, cool air and Carolina blue skies. I am enjoying it so much and am loving bringing the outside in.

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I am sticking with my hot pinks and adding orange, green and yellow for this season.

I love to add fall accents around the house, and the kitchen is usually where I start. I like to leave out  seasonal fruit, etc., and normally use my plate rack, but have been looking for "parts" to make a 3-tiered stand for awhile. After searching everywhere online, I ended up using some things I already had with a couple of thrifted finds.

I started with one of the wood chargers I bought several years ago off ebay. I have not used them in a while, so I decided I wouldn't miss one.

I glued a resin candlestick to the bottom with hot glue. Yes, plain old hot glue. (I will add that I have used it as a pedestal plate for a couple months and the hot glue has held up just fine.)

Since I wanted it to be gold, I spray painted it with Rustoleum Metallic Finish in gold.

It took a while for me to find something the right shape and size for the bottom, but I finally found this clear plastic platter at a local thrift store, which I spray painted on both sides.  

I found the wood bowl last year and had already painted it gold. I did not glue the bowl onto the pedestal plate or the pedestal plate onto the platter thinking that I could still use them separately, and since the whole piece is on the island with another level behind, it's certainly been sturdy enough for fruit.

I loaded it down with pears, oranges and local apples. 

We love apples this time of year, and my parents buy them directly from a farmer they know at the WNC Farmer's Market, so we get to enjoy them all winter long. 

In addition to the gold stand, I have been adding to my brass collection and found this pitcher for .50 at a junk store.

I also found this tray for $1, which is perfect for salt and pepper, etc.

Since our leaves will not turn until October, I gathered zinnias and dahlias from my mother's garden and added hydrangeas, basil and assorted weeds for a pretty and vibrant fall look. Honestly, for me, fall is all about bright, clear and overly saturated color, and I like reflecting that inside as well. 

The brass pitcher and the colors of the flowers work nicely with the gold tones of the 3-tiered stand and the brass tray and also bring some fall warmth to my kitchen. 

I love my little 3-tiered stand, and it's a great spot to have fruit, etc., out to grab for a snack. It was SO easy to put together and probably cost about $5. You just can't beat that. 

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  1. Love it Anita, and I love your blog and your bright vibrant colors! Thank you for great pretty posts.

  2. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)September 15, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Love it, perfect for fall.

  3. Just gorgeous for the season ;-)

  4. Carole @ From My Carolina HomeSeptember 17, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    You must be close by to me! Your pictures are lovely. I just got my apples at the Apple Festival over Labor Day weekend, a whole basket of Honey Crisp! Visiting from Foodie Friday. Hi Neighbor!

  5. Anita, this is just beautiful! It is so unique looking, so much better than anything you might have found. I bought some of that spray paint in copper this fall. So far, I've painted some gourds and a metal plant pot. I am so happy with the results. So glad autumn has found you! I am feeling it just a bit this morning.

  6. I love how easy this DIY is, I'm definitely going to go hunt down some pieces from my thrift store to make one for my kitchen :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  7. Hi Anita, I love the little fruit stand idea, so cute! You did a great job! I am enjoying your blog so much.......all bright colors and lovely pictures! Come visit when you like! I blog from beautiful Charleston, S.C.!