DIY Plant Stand (from a bar stool)

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.


The scene of the crime. (Photo taken with my phone, hence the bad quality)
As soon as I saw the bar stool I immediately thought “that looks like a plant stand.”  Don’t ask me why that popped into my head.  So I stuck my arms through the bars of the fence, grabbed the stool, and shimmied it up and over and into the trunk of my car.
Yeah, that’s right.  I’m one of those people.

Here is the stool that I took from the alley:

stool before

I probably thought of a plant stand because this stool seems unusually skinny and narrow.

Here is a close-up:
stool close up

Notice all those little nails?  Such a pain to take out!
To begin the transformation I removed the seat from the rest of the stool.
stool top

Then, I took off the L brackets and began removing all those stinkin’ staples and nails.  There were lots!

stool top close up

remove staples from stool

remove staples from bar stool

multiple staples

This pile is only half of all the nails and staples!
About 30 minutes, and 3 blisters, later I was ready to take off the old leather covering.  My plan was to take off the cover and re-use the original wood from the seat.
However, when I pried up the leather I found this:
molded stool


And lots of it!

There was no way I was going to even try and scrape this off.  The whole seat!

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!

mdf stool cover

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.

martha stewart paint

All the wood got 3 good coats and were ready to go!

white plant stand paint

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.

chevron stencil using painter's tape

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.

chevron plant stand painters tape

Next came the grey.  I used a sample-sized pot that I had purchased when testing out colors for my topless table.

behr paint

grey chevron bar stool

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.

white and grey chevron seat

Not bad for eye-ballin’ it, right?
Now you probably noticed that the grey paint could use another coat.  I did go back with a small craft brush and fill in the parts that needed it most.  But again, a plant would be covering it so I wasn’t too concerned.
Then came 2 coats of poly to seal the paint and protect it from any moisture that might come from the plant pots.
The last step was to attach the chevron top to the rest of the stand.
{Enter my tool man-Dave.}
He drilled long screws down through the top into the legs of the stand.

drill screw into stool

All done!

But what is a plant stand without a plant???
I wanted to go with something that was cheery and vibrant green.  I really don’t know much about plants so my only criteria was the color and a plant that only needed medium light.
dracaena plant stand
plant stand chevron diy

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!!!

diy plant stand

During the day our curtains are closed since we’re at work.  So, this guy will not be getting this much light during the week.
diy chevron plant stand

yellow flower pot

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!

diy plant stand from bar stool


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trade school button small


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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

Thursdays: Saved By Love, Fireflies & Jellybeans, Somewhat Simple, Yesterday on Tuesday, House of Hepworths, Beyond the Picketfence, Rhinestone Beagle, Momnivore’s Dilemma

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

Weekends: Be Different Act Normal, Tatertots and Jello, Nifty Thrifty Things, I Heart Nap Time, Lolly Jane, Too Much Time On My Hands, Lady Bird Ln, Embellishing Life Everyday, Homemaker in Heels


  1. I LOVE it! What a great upcycle…and you can’t beat chevron. Just awesome.

  2. Love this! So glad you found me through the link party at A Bowl Full of Lemons! I’m your newest follower now! :) Happy Sunday!

  3. Love this! Great job! A girl after my own heart, seeing something great from something not so hot. I am your newest follower! Glad you found me!! I would love it if you would join my craft & recipe linky party on Thursdays!

  4. So clever! Love the chevron pattern and the colors!

  5. I love it! I would have never thought to do something like that. Thanks for visiting my blog, I’m now a follower.

  6. Thanks for stopping by to see me! I love the plant stand, very chic! I am one of those people too, who will get something off the curb, lol!

  7. So pretty! What an awesome find!

  8. Great find!! The end result is very very pretty.

  9. Love the plant stand and especially the chevron pattern.
    Thanks fo visiting my blog – following you back !

  10. What a rockin project. I love it, very cool. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

  11. Lovely plant stand! From a discarded, unattractive stool into a bright and contemporary plant stand! It looks great. Thank you for sharing your creativity :)

    Kindly, Lorraine

  12. Pretty! It’s so fun & fresh now!

  13. I’m visiting from Debbiedoo’s newbie party and just started following you. I love the bar stool turned plant stand. I never would have thought of that.

  14. OK, seriously that is pretty creative. I wouldn’t of thought of re-purposing an old bar stool in to a plant stand. Turned out so beautifully! thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday’s Best Par.tay!

  15. What an awesome find! I’ve done the slow drive by to grab something at the end of someones driveway, but have never pulled the trigger and gotten it! Seems you’ve been rewarded for your efforts! Beautiful!

  16. must just love everything about that $15 plant stand!!! wonderful transformation!

  17. WOW! Awesome job transforming that barstool into a beautiful plant stand! Trash picking pays! ;-)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! I am your newest linky follower!

  18. Awesome stool! I love the cute chevron :)

  19. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog post. You are so very kind. I am now following you.
    Great job with this plant stand!!!!

  20. Wow, I LOVE this! So cute! You definitely have an eye for treasure from trash!

  21. It’s so cute!

    I’m glad you pulled off the leather to reveal the mold. (I was thinking that the leather was cute and I would have probably left it. Good lesson here.)

    Congrats on the new stand!
    ~ Dana

  22. Wow! I love the cheron pattern, I have a stool from from Walmart and have it painted white with a toperiary on it, the chevron pattern would really make it stand out! I’m following you now on Linky follower and GFC!
    Visting from Debbie Do’s!


  23. totally meant to be a plant stand, that’s awesome! love the pop of yellow, too.

  24. Ok, that is cool, and I love the Chevron! Funny too since I’m doing a planter on Wed. with a chevron print! If you’d like to link this up to our RRR party on Friday, we’d LOVE to have this project there- it’s perfect! Stopping by from the power blogger tribe to say hello and follow via GFC and Linky tools!

  25. Great job! I’m doing to same pattern on a vanity remodel that I’m working on and this gave me some great tips thanks!
    P.S. I’m here from Debbiedoos Newbie Party
    Come visit me!

  26. Great fresh new look. Nice.

  27. Stopping by from Debbiedoos. What a cute idea, I love how it turned out! I always need more plant stands!

  28. Love the chevron. Scary mold, but boy you tackled that and really made it work. Now following you form our bloggers power tribe:)

  29. Hello wonderful creative fellow blogger. Simply put, you are amazing! I love the plant stand, your photography, your tutorial. I am soooo glad Linda and Karah told me to stop by!

    Have an awesome day!


  30. Oh it has great legs! What a good find. The new topper is fab =) You did a super job on the paint job.

  31. has to be a plant stand orginally, no way any butt could fit on that thing! looks great. your newest follower and fellow triber!

  32. So cute! How fun that your brain is in craft mode all the time and always ready to spot the next project! I’m now following and would love it if you’d share this at my Show & Tell party, going on now @ the Delectable Home.

  33. Don’t you just love roadside rescue projects! This turned out so lovely! Thanks for linking up!

  34. Like it, like it, like it!

  35. Great job. It’s little a little bit of spring.

  36. I love this! I’m new to your blog but started following you. I can’t wait to see more.

  37. that is adorable! i love the chevron top!

  38. Very stylish plant stand. Love it!
    I’m your newest follower, Mary Alice

  39. This is awesome! The chevron tops rocks!

  40. Love the transformation and without a doubt that is pretty clever. I am so excited to find and follow new special places. I have no doubt I will enjoy engaging and supporting this wonderful space you have created. Thank you for sharing, I am so glad to meet you. I hope you will find some time to come visit me soon. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  41. I am glad you rescued the stool. Sure made a lovely plant stand after you got through with it.
    Thanks for stopping by Timeless Treasures with such a nice comment and becoming a follower.
    Audrey Z.

  42. What a clever idea! I am in love with the pattern! Hope you can come share this at my first ever linky party today!

  43. Looks great–way to see the potential!

  44. This is sooo cute & I love the Chevron pattern!!

  45. love it love it love it. came out really good!! creative re-use project!

    I am actually coming to your site re. the Follower linky blog hop. I WILL BE FOLLOWING YOU *** WILL YOU FOLLOW ME BACK ? Thank you so much when you do.

    There is also a link party on our blog, where you can feature ‘your best creative work’. There are some great projects to see already, but we want to see your work!

    This url is both to FOLLOW and to PARTY:

    Hope to seeing you around!!
    Have a happy, creative day!

  46. Looks fantastic!

    Hope you’ll link up to my link party!
    Mauvin’ Monday Link Party

    Jessica, your newest Linky follower!

  47. I love how the plant stand turned out! I would love for you to link up at my party going on right now! (It’s my first one!!)


  48. This is a great idea for a plant stand. I love how thrifty it is and also how it gets the plant off the floor.

  49. Thanks again for linking up at Craft and Tell! I will be featuring you this Sunday! : )

  50. Thanks for linking up to my party at Jillify It! Hope to see you link up another project on Tuesday!


  51. Fabulous makeover! Grey & yellow are so wonderful together.

    I’m your newest follower. :)

    ~Steph @ Silver Boxes

  52. This is a stunning transformation. I LOVE the pop of the yellow pot and the green plant against the white and grey of the stand. Beautiful!

    (Visiting from Feature Yourself Friday)

  53. Loved this chevron delight and featured it this week on BeColorful’s Motivated Monday

  54. Lovely stand!! Very cute!! :)

  55. Haha…Love the ‘scene of the crime’ pic!! Great upcycle…it’s so fun and I like the chevron. So glad you shared at Shine on Fridays!

  56. What a lovely project! It looks gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  57. Yay!! If I open your website in firefox (vs safari) it lets me leave comments!! :)

    Anyway, I love this and will be featuring it tomorrow on!!

    Thanks so much for linking up!

  58. Such a fabulous idea! Turned out awesome! Thanks so much for sharing on Mom On Timeout!

  59. Thanks for linking your blog and stool to our Fabulous Friday Finds!
    We love how the stool came out (and appreciated good work). Check out the stuff we re-purpose!

  60. Anonymous says:

    you should have reused the L-brackets! otherwise you should have counter-sunk the screws and filled in the holes so prevent dirt/moisture from seeping into the screw holes and splitting the wood over time.

  61. I love your plant stand – it’s fabulous! I have this linked to my planters post too today, well done!

  62. I’m just now seeing this post…and I love the plant stand you created. Excellent!

  63. Sarah,

    Just love this! What a great find and a great makeover. And I’m a huge fan of that yellow and gray combo …

    … so very happy you shared with us at our Great Outdoors link party!



  64. You know I love this project! Thank you so much for sharing at our party!

  65. She’s a beauty – glad you made over that gal so she can strut her stuff in her new outfit!

    And thanks for joining our party!

  66. You have to check the materials used. Materials may have different quality and benefits that you need to know. Like for example, buying an iron indoor stand can last longer compare to other materials. It is a sturdy material that can be molded to achieve different designs but can be very expensive compare to the others.

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