“You’ve just made me one happy husband!” No friends, that wasn’t my husband who said that to me. I was standing on a stranger’s driveway and he was lurking in the shadows. I didn’t see him and he startled me. He’d been sitting quietly in his lawn chair in the middle of the garage, between the outdated lamps hanging from the rafters and the even more outdated and very large pictures. He was there with his little dog manning the garage sale. Why was I making him such a happy man?
A quick scan of the driveway and they had all kinds of stuff but I wasn’t looking for anything particular. Now that I’m participating in the monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge I look but with more purpose. Speaking of, please be sure to check out all my blogging friends’ projects at the bottom of this post. They always have such great stuff to inspire you!
On the steps to their front door I saw this sad basket with scraggly dead stuff sticking out the top. It was destined to be an Outdoor Plant Stand, I just didn’t know it at the time.
When I picked it up it was so crunchy my fingers went through the sides. Holding it up I asked the wife how much and when she said “oh, $2” I had to have it. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it at that moment but told her I’d take it but was still shopping. That’s when her hubby told me I just made him a happy husband. To which I quickly replied, “well, at least I made one husband happy today.”
He got a good laugh out of that, and so did my husband when I told him the story. He didn’t see it in it’s original shape, or he might have said “what the….” LOL. I rushed home and pulled out all the dead stuff and the reeds that made up the sides so it just looked like an empty basket when he got home.
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Outdoor Plant Stand Supplies
- Plywood or 15″ Pine Rounds
- Saw Horses or a short table
- Two 12″ Clamps
- Palm Sander and Sanding Sponges
- Metal Rasp
- Rustoleum Spray Paint in Glossy Seaside
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Poultry Fencing Staples 3/4″
- White Paint
- Wood Knobs for Feet
Mulling it over for almost a week I still didn’t know what I wanted to do with it. Then it hit me, without the handle it might make a nice table for the patio. So out came the hacksaw and hubby helped me hold while I sawed then I held while he sawed.
If you don’t own a metal rasp they are awesome and I used ours to smooth some sharp edges from where we cut off the handle. It’s like a big metal fingernail file and gets rid of all the sharp edges.
Now I was ready to paint. I grabbed my small HomeRight Spray Shelter and headed out front to give it a pretty coat of paint.
I had purchased two 15″ pine rounds for another project and gave them a test run to see how it would look. Hubby said to go get some more but I didn’t want to spend the $$ or make a trip to the store. You know I like to save stuff and I had two big pieces of 3/4″ clear plywood from another project we did. I’ll cut my own circles.
I opened the saw horses and laid one board across both horses. Using the pine round as my pattern I traced two circles on the other board. If you’ve never used a Jigsaw before you might want to practice on a scrap board first.
Since my boards were short I used small clamps to hold them in place so I could work freely. Following the outline I cut 2/3 around the right side then 2/3 around the left side. Then cutting off the long pieces I proceeded to cut the final 1/3 of the circle.
And I repeated the process for circle number two.
Once they were both free it was time to sand, and sand and sand some more. It went pretty quick using the palm sander starting with 60 Grit paper, then 120, and finally 220 for a smooth finish. I have some hoopties in my circle but sanding took care of most of them and I eased the edges with the sander and then finally with some hand sanding.
Honestly, if I was to do this over again I’d just go to the store and for $15 buy two of those Pine Rounds.
Shhh, don’t tell my hubby he was right 🙂
To keep the bottom board from sitting on the ground I added little feet. I started out trying to make them all perfectly even but they’ll rarely be seen so I got them close and I’m happy.
Just a few coats of white chalky paint and it’s time to assemble the Outdoor Plant Stand. I made my own with the recipe my friend Denise at My Thrifty House uses, 4 Tbsp Plaster of Paris, 2 Tbsp water and 2 Cups Paint. You can increase or decrease the ratios as needed.
WARNING – Do not mix the Plaster of Paris and the water until you are ready to mix it into the paint. I had to run off to the hardware store (a quick trip) so I put a lid on my 1/2 pint mason jar. When I got home it was rock solid and I had to toss the jar in the trash.
Assembling your Outdoor Plant Stand
Since there were no holes for screws in the rims of the basket I had to figure out how to attach it to the board. That quick trip to the hardware store I just mentioned? After going up and down the aisles a few times I found poultry fencing staples. They’re galvanized so they needed to be camouflaged for the bottom but I know they would work perfectly.
Some painters tape and a few quick shots of spray paint on the upper half should do it. It definitely saved time and aggravation later trying to paint in the tiny areas around the wire.
I attached the original bottom of the basket to the underside of the top board first. Using a ruler I measured each side and made adjustments until it was centered. The poultry staples worked perfect!
Now for the bottom. I held the staples in place with needle-nose pliers as I hammered in the staples. The staples were originally fatter at the bottom so before I painted them I gave them a squeeze with the pliers so they’d fit more snugly around the wire. You can see below how I painted the staples.
The rustoleum paint held up fantastic considering all that hammering and needed just the tiniest touch up. I sprayed some paint onto a paper plate and used a gloved finger to dab over any cracked spots.
Originally I thought about using this as a side table on my patio.
Sadly the varying angles of wires creates an optical illusion when you can look through it, making it appear to lean. Figuring I had to find a place for this pretty table I carried it out front, I would use it as an outdoor plant stand on my front porch.
What I told that man at the garage sale that day was wrong. When my hubby comes home from work tonight and sees how awesome this looks he’ll be the happy husband 😀
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