Here’s my guest post from Bella Nest’s Drab 2 Fab Friday in case you missed it!
It’s no secret that I have a love for making over discarded furniture. It’s even better when it’s free! Where would you find free furniture you ask? Well, it might be waiting right outside your door.
I’m talking about in the alley.
People leave all sorts of things in the alley, and sometimes they just need a little TLC to really sparkle and shine.
And the alley is exactly where I found my latest project.
I was walking to my car one day after work and I spotted some items in the alley on the other side of our parking lot fence. There was a small dog or cat kennel, some scrap wood, and a bar stool.
Here is the stool that I took from the alley:
I probably thought of a plant stand because this stool seems unusually skinny and narrow.
Then, I took off the L brackets and began removing all those stinkin’ staples and nails. There were lots!
And lots of it!
There was no way I was going to even try and scrape this off. The whole seat had.to.go!
So, I had to improvise a new top for my plant stand. Luckily we had some already cut pieces of MDF from another project we will probably never finish haven’t gotten to yet.
It fit perfectly!
Now that I had all my wood ready, it was time to paint. I used some white paint, from Martha’s discontinued line, that I already had in the house.
All the wood got 3 good coats and were ready to go!
I wanted to give the top of the plant stand a little pizzaz so I decided to add a chevron pattern. Gotta love chevron, right?
I’m a don’t-like-to-measure-eyeball-everything kind of girl, so for making this pattern I just used painter’s tape and eyeballed the lines.
It’s not perfect, but I wasn’t too worried since most of it would eventually be covered by a plant.
Before I painted it grey I used a gift card to smooth down the tape to make sure no paint could seep under. Seeping paint=not crisp lines.
Next came the grey. I used a sample-sized pot that I had purchased when testing out colors for my topless table.
Now the trick for getting crisp lines is to remove the tape when the paint is just dry to the touch. If you wait too long you’ll end of peeling some of the paint up.
I went with this sunny yellow pot because I knew it would go well with the grey and because it’s such a happy color. Oh how I long for spring to be here!!!
Pretty cute, right?
The total cost for the plant stand was zero point zero dollars. Total cost for the whole project was $15.00 ($5.00 for the plant and $10.00 for the pot).
So, do you have any old bar stools laying around that you could convert to a plant stand?
Have you searched the alleys around your home for diamonds in the rough? Well, get a’lookin’ cause there are great things to be found!
be sure to spread the word about my Trade School series that will start on March 6th. I’d love for you to grab my button (right on my side bar!) and spread the word.
Here are some of the great bloggers that we get to learn from:
- Kelli and Kristi @ Lolly Jane Boutique
- Holly @ Bella Nest
- Linda @ It All Started With Paint
- Zoe @ Creative in Chicago
- Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D
- Stacey @ A Sort of Fairytale
- Nicolette @ Momnivore’s Dilemma
- Lizzie @ Pretty City Things
- Amy @ Whisperwood Cottage
- Heidi @ All That Brings Joy
- Rasonda @ Lake Cottage Dreams
- Danni @ Silo Hill Farm
I’m linking up my plant stand to these awesome parties:
Mondays: Between Naps on the Porch, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, The Tattered Tag, The DIY Showoff, Home Savvy, Be Colorful, The DIY Home Sweet Home, Mad In Crafts, The Girl Creative, Polly Want A Crafter, Sumos Sweet Stuff, Making The World Cuter, Skip To my Lou, Debbiedoos, Get Outta My Head Please, My 1929 Charmer
Tuesdays: Coastal Charm, Cherished Bliss, Confessions, My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia, Tip Junkie, Topsy Turvy, Sassy Sites!, A Bowl Full Of Lemons, Sugar Bee Crafts, Not Just A Housewife, Homework, Today’s Creative Blog, A Sort of Fairytale, Our Delightful Home
Wednesdays: Blue Cricket Design, Sew Much Ado, Eisy Morgan, My Girlish Whims, Savvy Southern Style, Someday Crafts, Handy Man Crafty Woman, The Thrifty Home, Lil Luna, Organize and Decorate Everything, Southern Lovely, Primp Your Stuff
Fridays: Remodelaholic, Serenity Now, delicateCONSTRUCTION, Chic On A Shoestring, 504 Main, Miss Mustard Seed, Happy Hour Projects, French Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Fun To Craft, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Freckled Laundry, Common Ground, One Artsy Mama