I decided to take some of my Mamaw’s old mismatched china and make a dessert stand. As a pastry chef, I’m always looking for new ways to display my pastries, so I know I'll get a lot of use out of this refreshed kitchen item.
To begin, I started out with three different-sized china plates, a ceramic drill tip bit (which you can find at your local hardware store), dessert stand hardware (search Amazon), a drill, marker, ruler, and painters tape.
I put a square piece of my blue painters tape on the center area of the front and back of each plate. This helps the drill tip to get a good grip, and also provides a place to mark the center point of the plate; I used my ruler and measured to the center of each plate’s front and back and marked this with an “X” on my tape.
When you start to drill, make sure that you are directly above the “X”; it also helps to have someone hold the plate. For additional support, I placed a wide-mouthed cup under each plate while drilling.
The hardware I bought came with rubber washers, which really helped stabilize it so it wasn’t wobbly.
I am so happy that I was able to refresh some of my Mamaw’s old china pieces into a dessert stand that I’m sure I will use for years to come!