A Trio of Stands

Last week I did a beautiful table scape on my porch using my newest dishes.  I made the dinner plate into a temporary cake stand by placing the plate on top of a candle stick.  This was fine for this setting but what I really had been wanting was a stand of some sort I could stack my small dishes on.  I have several smaller stands already but I wanted something larger and darker (more fallish) if you will.  So I hit the thrift stores and here’s what I found.

This shows the before pictures during my restoration. Sorry! I forgot to take the photos before I dissembled them to paint.  As you can see here they were brass.  But with a little ORB spray paint I changed them to this!

I had intended to only purchase the one larger stand as they were being sold separately.  However, the sales lady at the thrift store offered me 50% off if I bought the whole set, which came to $9.00 total.  Sounded great to me so I brought all three of them home.  Quick question now, what exactly is the proper term to call these?  All I can think of is a compote stand, but that can’t be right.  Please do tell!

This is the one that I wanted most!  I just love thee wooden dish part of these stands.  I am sure my grandmother also had some of these when I was young, because I sooo remember them.

I am very pleased at how well the ORB turned out on these too!  I think it looks so much better this way!  I couldn’t wait to set them out and of course I had to find spot for all three of them in the dining room.

This is what I was aiming for, something to hold small snack plates.


For now the smaller one is holding one of my jacks but, Oh, the things I can think of to use this one for!

This one really needs some nuts, don’t you think?

Love, love, love the ORB!

I also came across something else while out thriftin and just could not resist.  I have seen these all over blogland but have never owned one.  I look forward to putting a few fresh flowers in this.

I am guessing this is a milk bottle, right?  Please correct me if I am wrong, but that’s what I’m thinking.  Would you believe I only paid .25cents for this?  I was like OMG! 

It has ” Since 1852″ on the front.  I guess that was the date the milk co. started?

But here’s what I don’t get.  Why does the bottom look like this?  At first I thought it must have happened after it was made, but I think it was made this way.  Anyone know why?  Just curious!

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Thank you always for taking the time to visit!
I hope you have a great weekend!

16 thoughts on “A Trio of Stands

  1. What a great job you did, Mary. And an original idea. The tiered stands look great with your dishes on them!

    I think the bottle is a carafe that was probably sold with wine in it. I have a couple, too and that's what I use sometimes when I'm serving wine outdoors. You can also fill it with water and lemon slices for the table.



  2. Love your wonderful wood servers. They are fabulous and also look like they could be stacked for a fabulous tiered display. Love the bottle too. I also think it is a wine carafe. Great find. Your vignette is lovely using them. Great job. Hugs, Marty


  3. Hi Mary! Those are some great finds! I think my aunt had one of those wooden bowls too so that totally brought back memories for me. You did a great job with your thrify finds and really made your own custom pieces!
    P.S. Thanks for your sweet comment! 🙂


  4. I read through the comments hoping that someone knew for sure about the bottom of the bottle. That's so interesting. I didn't think it when I read the post, but the person who said it was a wine carafe is probably right.

    I would call the stands compote stands. AND I would call them beautiful with that ORB make over. Great job!


  5. You certainly scored big time, I love the bowls and how you have used them too! Especially the one with the small plates!

    I thought those type of bottles were used for wine? I don't know why I think that though maybe I've seen them used that way but can't remember where. It will look great though used as a vase:)



  6. I have GOT to buy some ORB paint! Nice job — yet again… I hope you're still enjoying your new china cabinet. I finally found what I was looking for at auction yesterday. It's a very old stepback cupboard with Art Nouveau carving and thick beveled glass. I'll try to post pics soon.


  7. How on earth did I miss this post?! You are so stinkin' creative! I love how you created new stands! Thanks for the inspiration that I will be borrowing. 🙂 (And, thanks for your sweet note about my mudroom redo! And, I'm also glad that you now know who Snooki is … lol!) Take care, Becca


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