Etagere - upcycling or own creation

Etagere - upcycling or own creation

Etagere - upcycling or own creation: etagere

Etageren have their own charm. They are not only an eye-catcher, but also create plenty of space on the buffet or table. If you like, you can make a cake stand yourself and create a very personal decorative element.

As a gift, a self-creation always cuts a fine figure. It is not difficult at all. But it can not hurt to practice drilling on less beautiful porcelain and stoneware a bit.

There are many possible styles and ideas. For example, to suit your own service or old collectibles, you can build a tiered stand yourself. It does not always have to be plates. Flat bowls and bowls are just as suitable and even a cup can make a successful conclusion. It also speaks against plates or plates made of wood or, for example, slate. Have fun with booty trains through closets, basements, flea markets or wherever!

The tiered staffs can be finished in different styles and colors or made from different materials. For this tutorial, we decided on a ready-made tiered rod and a classic structure.

At the end of the description there are some tips for other solutions.

Material list and tool requirements

Required work materials:

  • Plate from the secondhand shop - 12,00 €
  • Tiered rod bought online - 11,25 €
  • Glass and ceramic drills online - 1.70

Tools and aids:

  • Wipeable pen (Fineliner)
  • Cordless drill or drill
  • screwdriver
  • transparent tape

Step 1: Determine and mark center on all porcelain parts

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Mark the center of the plate

To do this, we use a washable pen at the widest point to draw a line with the ruler in the middle of the plate, turn 90 degrees and repeat that. The intersection of the lines is the center. We also draw these on the other dishes.

2nd step: tape on the drilling site

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Scribe the tape with the knife

Now we glue over these lines a cross of transparent tape on the plates. Tip: Use a cutter or other very sharp pointed knife to prick the middle of the tape a bit.

3rd step: Drill holes in the middle with a glass / ceramic drill

Center the drill without much pressure and drill well evenly. If you like to pause in between, then it will not be too hot either. Important is feeling. If you prefer to spend more time and apply less pressure, then there is less chance of breakage. This can be easily trained on a few different samples, because ceramics behave a bit different than porcelain and you get out quickly how it works.

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Dishes drill top

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Plates drill bottom

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Stick with adhesive tape and drill carefully

Step 4: Install the storage rack

The tiered rod is screwed apart and the individual parts from bottom to top with one of the pierced plate quasi threaded. At the end, we tighten the screw down with a screwdriver so tight that the shelf is stable. But you should not overdo it, otherwise one of the plates might jump.

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Build up the etagere from below

Etagere - upcycling or own creation: upcycling

After each spacer another plate

Alternatives to the tiered staff

In general, all this can also be done with a threaded rod, sleeves, transparent gaskets and nuts, or cap nuts (for above). Instead of sleeves, for example, thick wooden beads can be placed on the threaded rod. Branch pieces can also be drilled through and put on the threaded rod. Even small porcelain vases come as intermediate pieces in question. As a handle above, a knife rest can be drilled through, attached and then closed with a cap nut. The imagination knows no limits. It is important to always set a transparent seal between hard materials and porcelain or ceramics. This can also be tailored to fit, if there is not the required size in the trade.

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Build the etagere yourself

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