Upcycled Plant Stand

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  1. Daniel W

    Daniel W Seedling

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    This was a plant stand that started life as a home bar. Or maybe it was meant to be a plant stand. My mom called it a "pie stand". I don't know. It was in bad shape - ready for recycle or upcycle.

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    The "wood finish" was some sort of plastic on MDF board. It was sagging badly in the middle, and the plastic was peeling off. I don't like MDF anyway - it has a chemical odor. The rest is steel, mostly in good shape, a few chips and rust spots. I took it apart, threw away the MDF and plastic. I found a long 2 foot wide board in the shed, cut it to fit and glued together to make it 2 feet deep. That's about a foot deeper than the original, which is nice. I added a edge so if plants leak water, it stays on the tabletop. Instead of drawers, I added a front apron to support the top and hide light fixtures I planned to install.

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    Then I spray painted the metal with an "antique bronze" Rustoleum, and painted the edging black. Using spray paint, the wood grain shows through on close inspection. I added a coat of polyurethane to seal the wood edging. I cut some left over "driftwood" vinyl plank flooring for the top surface and used silicone caulk to seal it in.

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    Im very happy with the result. Since everything but the spray paint was leftover, the cost was under $20. I added hooks to the underside of the table top, to hang LED light fixtures. I made this last year but wasn't on Garden Stew then so thought I would share.

    I would like to add another wider shelf under the top, but have not got around to it.
     
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  3. Jerry Sullivan

    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    Congratulations Daniel!! An excellent re-purpose of material that exhibits your creative talents,

    Jerry
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Very nice work, mate.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Excellent Daniel. That's one of the best bits of upcycling that I've ever seen.
     



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    marlingardener Mighty Oak

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    I love it! Upcycling is so much better than simply recycling. You did a great job!
     
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  7. Daniel W

    Daniel W Seedling

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    Thank's for the nice comments. Upcycling is a fun way to be creative and make something fun and practical. It's also frugal, so I can use my funds for something else.
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Love it!
     
  9. Tetters

    Tetters In Flower

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    You have much talent Daniel, and sharing it here is so much appreciated. This kind of work will encourage others to make an effort and try similar ideas. I am very much a believer in reusing as much stuff as possible rather than throwing it away.
     
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    Cayuga Morning Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    Looks good Daniel & I like the choice of the black paint
     
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    mart Strong Ash

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    I have one similar to yours ! May re-work it this spring ! Love yours !
     
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