You guys know that I haunt thrift stores. Second to garage sales, they’re one of my favourite places to shop.
And I think that I have developed an eye for potential in previously-loved things. Perhaps it’s a strange eye… one that may not be appreciated by everyone. But, I can’t help but feel a certain satisfaction when the Thrift Store Gods smile down on me.
My mom and I were hitting her local circuit of second-hand shops, when I stumbled across this beauty of a cheese plate. Cats and cheese – it just makes sense.
My mom heard me exclaim from a few aisles away, “I could DO something with this! Sold!”
I’m sure she rolled her eyes. Half of what I bought that day made her say, “Welll… okay……”
But after I explained that I was going to make a cloche, it was her little $.50 brass candlestick (a garage sale find) that ended up being donated to the project!
I didn’t have to pay for the candlestick (Mom didn’t want fifty cents), but I did have to pay $2.00 for this funky cheese plate. You’ll notice that it was “As is”.
Not because of the wide-eyed cat illustration in the center of the plate, but because the tile was cracked. And it was also covered in some specks of schmutz.
Didn’t faze me! This was golden! I was getting a steal!
If you decide to try this project for yourself, make sure that your candlestick base is a sturdy one. This brass one was heavy, and I knew that it could easily support the weight of the cheese plate. I would say, stick to metal or dense wood, just so that you don’t create a top-heavy cloche.
If you want to see what two candlesticks can create when glued together, check out what Lauren did at The Thinking Closet.
Have I mentioned how much I love spray paint?
Oh, I have?
Okay. Carry on.
(Both the cheese plate and the candlestick got two coats of Rustoleum Metallic Gold.)
Despite the fact that the cheese-eating cat was now covered, there was still that pesky cracked tile to deal with. I traced a circle out of this fabulous scrapbooking paper (“Harvest Cider” by Basic Grey Persimmon).
The way to easily cut out a circle to a specific size is to first measure the diameter of your tile.
Tie a piece of string to a centerpoint (in this case, the blue pencil crayon) and then attach a writing instrument at half of your diameter measurement (or the radius of the circle). Complete a perfect circle around the centerpoint, and Bob’s your Math-loving uncle! You’ve got a circle!
(Yes, this is a compass. No, I didn’t invent it. Still… I thought myself pretty clever!)
Also, do your tracing on the underside of your paper, so that you don’t have any blue lines on the good side. And probably don’t let your four year old do the tracing; she was just the model for this picture.
I attached and sealed the paper to the tile using Mod Podge Matte.
Then, I used a very strong glue to attach the candlestick to the cheeseplate. If you’re using lightweight items in this project, you could probably get away with a glue gun. I opted to use this crazy strong glue that we had in the tool cupboard. It was probably overkill, which is why I won’t advise that you use it. However, consider a Super Glue, or an all-purpose glue that will bond multiple surfaces.
And be sure to allow enough time to cure. You want a secure hold.
Once the glue had set, the glass dome was set back onto its new fancy-pants stand. It’s a cloche! A pretty one!
The cloche is very on-trend right now in decor, and I think that it’s only going to become more popular in the winter months.
How gorgeous would some special (or vintage – oooh! Gotta get to those antique stores) Christmas ornaments look under glass?
Or display some of your most favourite thrifting finds. These sweet little owl salt-and-pepper shakers were $1.50 at a thrift store I wandered through during that trip.
I love them.
And I think that they are a teensy bit Wintry, don’t you? Something about the white feathers?
If you have a cheese plate hanging around, or if one happens to catch your eye at the thrift store, grab it! You can create a cloche for only a few dollars! And suddenly, all of your precious little objects get the chance to be shown off properly!
Tell me about your best thrifty finds!
What was your best score?
Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell
The finished product is really quite cute, but can we talk about that cat? WHO would want to eat cheese off of a crazy looking smirking orange cat in the first place?
Oh, I know. I think that’s why my mother was like… “You’re not serious, are you?”
And also, do cats eat cheese? Wouldn’t it make more sense if it were a mouse?
Such a weird little find.
Okay, at the beginning I thought you were a little crazy for that cheese plate, but I totally get it now. It’s super cute.
And you were probably like, “Okay, I can’t be friends with her any more… ”
Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.
Adorable, I totally get you!!!! I didn’t know you loved spray paint! 😉 I love, love thrift stores too, really have to learn how to spray paint, it looks perfect!
Yep, I’ve been keeping my spray paint love a well-kept secret!
I just can’t help myself! 🙂
I’m sure that you would be fabulous at spray-painting, Laurie. It’s just about light even coats… 🙂
Michelle @ Sweetsuite10
I will never look at those cheese plates at the thrift store the same again! This is brilliant! Now of course I wont be able to find any.
Isn’t that always the way? But I’m sure that you will find one… if your eye is tuned to the Great Ugly Cheese Plate search, I’m sure that one will pop up.
And if it does, you’ve gotta let me know! I’m itching to have someone else try this and report back!
Dannyelle @ www.lifeisaparty.ca
Great, great makeover. And you made me imagine Santa filling all the bloggers stockings on his list with metallic spray paint. 😉 I know I’d be happy with that!
Dannyelle – that is a fantastic image. I actually tweeted Rustoleum to see if they have something like that. Because if they do, I need it.
from a cheesy cat to an elegant pattern!
what an amazing project! i have made a mental note for the next time i am thrifting!
XO mama lola
Oh, Lola – let me know if you find something like that and what you do with it! I know that my eye will be tuned for cheese plates now. They’ll probably be everywhere now!
Great work Tara! I am going to fill my (non-homemade) cloche with Christmas ornaments this year. I’m totally with you — cloches are so pretty.
Thank you so much, Meredith! I almost caved and bought a cloche nearly three times this season already. It wasn’t until “Smelly Cat” showed up that I suddenly had a brainstorm!
ha ha. And now we know the answer to the age old question… “What were they feeding you” 😉
Do not get me started on how many times I have come across those cheese plate/teak cake covers and every time I go Oh I should take this home from the thrift store and never do. See? This why I should know better.
If you find one of these – buy it! I would love to have a much bigger one too. I’m thinking cake-plate size with a very large wooden candlestick.
Maybe I would paint the base black?
(Pffft… who am I kidding? I’ll probably paint it gold! )
Britt @ My. Daily. Randomness.
Brilliant! I have been meaning to make one of these myself… just looking for the right cheese plate/cover at the right price… You made a real score for $2.00!
I know – two dollars!!
My mother was like, ‘I wouldn’t take that for free…”
Oh, it’s too funny how one woman’s junk….
Midas has nothing on you! I’m loving your gold obsession. I love bling!
I am obsessed, aren’t I?
At least I’m not spray painting my family members… .yet..
Shauna @ Satori Design for Living
Super cute! Love those owl salt and pepper shakers!
I know! Aren’t they such a find! I love them so much.
They will probably be appearing in lots of blog posts just because I want to show them off! 🙂
So impressed with your creativity and what you can do with these theft store finds. You continue to amaze me.
What a fun piece! You are wicked with a can of spray paint girl!
Oh, thank you, Danni! That’s quite the compliment! 🙂
Kenz @ Interiors by Kenz
Your rendition is lovely! But I am completely shocked you didn’t want to keep the cheese cat! WHAT?!
I know. It was a tough call, but I finally decided that the Cheesy Cat had to be sacrificed in the name of spray paint. It was already a timeless piece in its original state! 😉
Amy of while wearing heels
I just stumbled upon this post at One Artsy Mama. I loved it. What a great transformation. Now I want to see more of that tray!
Thank you so much, Amy! Do you mean the blue tray, or the cloche itself?
This is an insanely great idea!!! Good eye for the repurpose, gotta keep an eye out for these treasures!
I know – I imagine that my eye is going to be tuned to cheese plates from now on! I’m already itching to go thrifting again!
Dani @ lifeovereasy
Such a clever idea! I think thrift store crafts are my favourite!
Oh, they’re most definitely my favourite! I love a deal (and an upcycling success!)
This is all sorts of fantastic!
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