DIY Modern Farmhouse Square Tray Pedestal Riser

February 21, 2022

Today I'm sharing how I made a modern farmhouse square tray pedestal riser.


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You don't have to love modern farmhouse decor to appreciate a square tray pedestal riser. No matter the shape of the tray (rectangular, round, square), these decorative risers have been around for a long time and I don't think they're going anywhere any time soon. So if you want to see how I made one myself -- for pennies --  read on!  

you clean up nice blue white wall art decor

I found this cute square wooden wall art at my local Dollar Tree. What drew me in was the blue and white pattern. I'm a collector of all things blue and white. You can't see it here, but the pretty pattern also spills over onto all four sides of the piece.

back side Dollar Tree wall art keyhole opening

I chose this form of wall art because the back side of it was open and empty, so to speak. It was a little over one inch deep, like a tray. That's what sold me on it for this DIY project. I knew it would work.

keyhole hanger on back of Dollar Tree wall art bathroom sign

I really didn't think this keyhole hanger would be a problem. I figured I could just remove it, since hot glue usually isn't tough to remove (assuming they used hot glue on this). I was wrong.

I tried to break it away from the inside of the frame with a flat head screwdriver, to no avail. I was afraid that if  I tried any harder I would break the whole thing into pieces. So I decided to leave it as is. I knew it would ultimately be covered by whatever tray filler I put into my tray anyway.   

can Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte paint in Linen White

Next, I painted the back side of the wall art with white paint and let it dry. One coat of paint was sufficient. I used my all-time favorite white paint: Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte paint in Linen White. It was so basic I forgot to take any photos of this part -- sorry!

white shabby chic candlestick

I've had this white, shabby chic candlestick for years. I thought it would be perfect to use as the base of the riser. It's a thrift store find I've used many times over the years for various projects (as well as using it for a candlestick, of course). It's one of my all-time favorites. It also works well as the base for a DIY cake stand (just plop a plate on top of it).

red can of Stick-Um Candle Adhesive

Using some Stick-Um Candle Adhesive I attached the newly painted "tray" to the pedestal, knowing I could always take the display apart at any time and reuse the candlestick. The adhesive also works well for DIY cake stands.

blue and white square tray pedestal riser with faux greenery

Then came the fun part -- styling the riser! You can't go wrong with candles and faux greens as your decorative tray filler.

mercury glass candle with faux wreath and frosted berries on tray riser



lit candle mercury glass tray riser chinoiserie ginger jar

I plopped in a mercury glass candle, a faux wreath (like a candle ring) and some faux greens and berries to create some beautiful fireplace mantel decor.  




frosted berry picks boxwood wreath candle holder tray



burning mercury glass candle on blue and white tray pedestal stand

Just look at the pretty blue and white pattern peeking out from the sides of the tray.

Well, that's it for today, friends!

I hope you've enjoyed reading about my

DIY Modern Farmhouse Square Tray 

Pedestal Riser

and that I've inspired you in some way. 


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Junkchiccottage said...

This is pretty cute. Have a great Wednesday. xoxo

The Antiqued Journey said...

I love this Kathleen!!! How creative!

Anonymous said...

Great upcycle--and the price was right, too--my favorite kind! You did a lovely job styling it! Kathy A

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