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Metal Plant Table Upcycle

An old metal plant table gets a much needed upcycle with a new faux marble table top and a fun, bright paint job! 

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Every day, in between work tasks, I pass this old plant table in the driveway as I walk back and forth to my car for daily mom taxi duties.

plant stand - before

As I pass by, my thought process goes a bit like this:

  1. Crap. I’m going to be late.
  2. Yay! I can’t wait to see my babies OR Ugh. When will these kids be driving? ( It depends on the day.)
  3. What the hell happened to that plant stand? Did it always look like that? It needs some TLC. Stat.
  4. Crap, I’m going to be so late!

… and repeat. Seven times a day.

I’m no stranger to upcycling and furniture DIYs, but in reality, this little plant table is near the bottom of my to-do list. I have many large, unfinished DIY projects and no time. It’s easy to feel defeated. Then, I started thinking – Would completing a small project (i.e., said plant table) make me think differently? The answer is YES! So, we’re upcycling a plant table with a paint intervention and a faux finish top!

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How to Upcycle a Metal Plant Table

Because you’re short on time,  here is the abridged tutorial. For full details, please download the plant stand upcycle guide – it’s printable and free. And if you’re going to be upcycling a plant table, show me your “before and afters” – they make me so happy!

 

PLANT TABLE GUIDE BANNER

Remove the top

plant table - remove ruined top

I could’ve pulled the plant table top off with my hands. #callmesupergirl but, to save the screws, I went the old school route of removing the top properly – I know, boring right? If possible, use the make a pattern out of paper for the new top from the old. Put the pattern and screws aside.

Clean, Sand and Paint the Base

plant stand - clean up the base

After an overall sanding, focusing on smoothing any rust spots, paint the base with 2-3 coats of spray paint, including the underside of the plant table.

plant stand - PAINT THE BASE

Cut the New Plant Table Top then Paint

Faux Marble - Paint Table Top

Use the paper pattern you created to trace the new plant table top onto a piece of wood or MDF about 1″ thick, then cut with a power saw. Decide on the finish for your plant table top – I went with a faux marble finish and shared the tutorial for how I did here!

Attach the Top and Love it! 

plant stand - ATTACH THE TOP

Reattach the top using the reserved screws. Put your plant table into place and enjoy the fruits of your labors. You did it!

plant stand

My to-do list is still long, I’m still a taxi mom, and no doubt, I’ll be late to every pickup, but I’m happy to complete something that brings beauty to my surroundings. Those trips to the car are much more fulfilling!

How about you? What small project can you tackle today that will make you feel accomplished? How can I help? Did you remember to download the free guide for this project? One step is one step – We can do this!


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How to Build a DIY Farmhouse Table with a (reverse) Drop Leaf from 4x4s

Build a multi-purpose DIY Farmhouse Table with a reverse drop leaf serving two purposes: Large, console table to Rustic Dining Table with seating for ten!

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We recently made over our formal dining room into a multi-purpose room. We wanted to design a space incorporating both a formal room and a playroom for our kids. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is to use multi-purpose furniture. We wanted a large, rustic dining table able to accommodate our family on holidays and other special occasions but wanted the table to be out of the way the majority of the time leaving more space for play. In other words, a console table that can flip out into a full-sized dining table. A DIY Farmhouse Table with a reverse Drop Leaf was precisely what we needed and is now one of our favorite furniture DIYS!

Few plans fit our requirements, especially with drop leaves. However, I found inspiration in a table made by Coldren Design and came across Ana White’s 4×4 Truss Beam Table plans which we used for the base. With a bit of adjustment, we built the table of our dreams; A trestle-based, reverse drop-leaf leaf DIY Farmhouse Table with recessed, exposed hinges.

Our modifications included extending the length to 8.5′ and changing out the top for something more multi-purpose. We followed the plan until step 4 then did a hard right turn in our direction! That’s where we’ll be focusing today – Let’s get started!

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How to Build a DIY Farmhouse Table with a Reverse Drop Leaf

MATERIALS

 

BUILD INSTRUCTIONS

BUILD THE BASE

First, we built the table base. We extended the length and reduced the width to 8.5′ long and 22″ wide in the center. Finally, we swapped out the apron boards for 4x4s to allow us to notch out areas for the brackets.

I purchased all the wood for the base from Home Depot. After making your cuts, use between 100 and 220 grit sandpaper to give all parts a thorough sanding.

We built the table base as instructed to step 2. Instead of attaching the side apron boards 3 3/4″ in, we connected them right to the base edges, squaring up the corners, providing the folded down sides a stable surface.

DIY Farmhouse table- building base

We painted the table base in a similar fashion to this console table, followed by a dark glaze to “age” the finish and give dimension. If you’ve never used glaze, it’s a semi-transparent finish you brush on and wipe off, letting the color or finish sink into the grooves. Here it is before I’ve removed the excess.  The glaze I used also contained a top coat, saving me a ton of time!

diy farmhouse table - apply glaze

CREATE SUPPORT FOR FOLD-OUT SIDES 

diy farmhouse table - grooves for brackets

On each side, we added 3 10/16″x 1 1/2″ notches along the outer runner starting 8″ in from each end, and then every 17 1/4″. In total, there are five notches on each side.

 

To support the fold-out sides of the table, we created ten pull-out brackets from 2x4s, 9″ in length. After cutting, we sanded each piece and fit them to the notches, ensuring the brackets would slide smoothly in and out.

farmhouse trestle table diy - supports

For stoppers – we don’t want the brackets falling through – We screwed 2.5″ 2″x1/4″ pieces of poplar to one end of each bracket, leaving the screw loose enough to allow the stopper piece to turn.

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ALL ABOUT THE TABLE TOP(s)

Farm Table Trestle - Breadboard Pocket Hole

Next, we created the table tops. The tops are made up of three sections; The center section measures at 22″x8.5′ and the two side sections measure at 11″x8.5′. We attached the breadboards using pocket holes and screws on the center-piece, but because the undersides will be visible when the table is in console mode, we used a biscuit joiner to attach the breadboards on either end and also used a pocket hole that we later filled for extra support.

diy dining table farmhouse - distressing

To add character we “aged” the tabletop pieces using a plethora of tools and a hammer, leaving impressions in the wood behind.   Large nails, screws, a circular saw blade, and a sharp whack of a hammer add distressed character to the table.

farmhouse table diy - add hinges

Lining up the three sections on a flat surface – we used the floor –  we marked and notched out the placement for each hinge – 19″ in from each end and 21″ in there on for a total of 4-hinges on each side.

STAINING THE TOPS

diy farmhouse table - staining

I used a wood pre-conditioner before staining (to avoid blotchiness) following the manufacturer outlined directions. I stained the table to match the top of the built-in china cabinet, using Rustoleum’s Aged Oak Gel Stain.  After staining, I used about four coats of Minwax’s Wipe-on poly over-top.

5 ASSEMBLE THE TABLE

I would recommend assembling the table in place – this table is H.E.A.V.Y and took two grown men to move it around the maze of doorways in our home. We lined the tabletop pieces up on the floor joining them together with the hinges.

diy farmhouse table - assemble top

The entire top went on the base before securing, with the sides closed. Mounting the center top first, we fastened it down with 4″ screws from the bottom of the table.

DIY Dining Table - Assemble Top

Finally, I inserted the brackets into the grooves to ensure a proper fit. In most cases I had to do a bit more sanding to the tops and sides of the brackets, allowing them to move in and out smoothly.

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And, with that…

DONE!

 

multipurpose dining room - benches at table

This table couldn’t be more perfect for the dining/playroom. It’s exactly the design we hoped for! The right size for large family gatherings where we’re all together, it moves completely out of the way during play time and acts as a large console table, ideal for lego building and other activities. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

 

 

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How to: Make a File Cabinet Desk DIY

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Beyond sharing a fun DIY twig wall art project that hangs in the room, our home office has yet to make an appearance on the blog. The reason? I am not a clean desk/office person! There, it’s out there. Wait, you too? Whew, I don’t feel so bad then.  Luckily, I recently caught the cleaning bug and can finally share my File Cabinet Desk DIY project. It’s been a while since I took on a furniture makeover project – too long really! But like the other furniture DIYS before I’m so happy with how this inexpensive DIY desk turned out.  

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DIY twig wall art project 

Our entire family uses this room (when we can find the desk), but with only one work area and five family members at home, we were in need of some additional desk space, specifically one where multiple kids could work on their homework at the same time. Being that I’m what you’d say.. frugal? (AKA: I was broke!) I came up with a cheap customized solution – A File Cabinet Desk DIY! This project is easy for beginners and those with more DIY experience alike, is relatively inexpensive, and entirely customizable for your room – which in my case means it can accommodate a bazillion kids!

How To – File Cabinet Desk DIY

The super short how to: I made this desk from three metal filing cabinets that I picked up at the thrift store and a simple DIY wood desktop out of pine boards stained with walnut. But, I bet you’re you looking for more detail? I’ve got you covered! Read on!

Everything You Will Need:

Bases
Desktop

How to Make the File Cabinet Desk Base:

file cabinet desk base
Finished File Cabinet Desk Base

Give each cabinet a thorough cleaning using TSP and a wire brush, being sure to remove any loose paint.

Add Trim

file cabinet desk diy

Cut the baseboard trim to fit at the bottom of the file cabinet with corner pieces meeting at 45° angle corners.  Pre-drill and countersink holes on each piece of trim. Line up and pre-drill holes into the file cabinet. Attach the trim to the cabinet using liquid nails and bolts securing with a nut on the underside of the cabinet. Fill holes and corner seams with wood filler, allow to dry, then sand smooth.

Paint the Cabinets

Paint each cabinet, including trim, with flat black to coat – two coats will likely be needed. Follow the flat black with a light, sweeping coat of metallic gunmetal gray, giving just enough coverage to create a metallic sheen. When dry then follow up with clear lacquer in a matte finish.

Add Drawer Pulls

Build your own file cabinet desk

 

Some cabinets have a handle rather than a pull. In that case, remove the existing handles and replace them with new ones – a chunky cup pull was perfect for this project!
diy desk drawer pulls
I was not that lucky and had to follow a few more steps to change the hardware. You’ll likely have a built-in plastic handle such as this one above – measure the holes from your handles and carefully drill holes through the plate. Attach your new drawer pulls over the plate and secure.

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For the desktop:

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Finished DIY File Cabinet Desktop

Cut your Wood to Proper Size

My desktop is 8′ feet long and 23″ wide, which meant no cuts for the desktop boards. For an area larger or smaller than that, adjust the size of your boards and cut them to the correct length before starting.

I cut 20 sections from the furring strips at 18.75″ long, saving two 8′ furring strips for the front and back edges.

Sand, sand, and sand some more

Wood Filing Cabinet Desktip
Hyper Tough Orbital Sander

Give all of your cut sections a thorough sanding to smooth out the surface and remove any markings or ink stamps. I used an orbital palm sander for this step – I like this one a lot! It’s not expensive, and it’s easy to use.

Create the Desktop

Young House Love and Lindsay Stephenson both have great tutorials on building a desktop and I was able to get some fabulous ideas from their DIY desk projects. Ultimately, though, I found my way of doing things if for no other reason than to keep costs down, and repeated the same process for the top of our dining room built-ins. I wanted my desktop to be relatively heavy and thick but found that giving the illusion of this was a little easier on my pocketbook than buying a thicker cut of wood. Hardwoods can be expensive y’all!

diy file cabinet desk topTo beef up the 1″x6″s, I first created a frame from the furring strips and support pieces I had cut. The frame consisted of the 20 support pieces, evenly spaced, then sandwiched between two 8′ furring strips, secured together with glue and wood screws.

diy filing cabinet desktop

The planks were then secured to the top of the frame using countersunk wood screws. Fill all holes with wood filler – sand when dry.

Pre-condition and stain

Pre-condition the desktop wood before applying your stain. After it dries, you can apply your stain. I went with a dark walnut to match the bankers’ desk in the room. To apply, use a brush recommended for stain or, use my favorite method – wearing rubber gloves, apply the stain using an old (lint free and clean) sock, working the stain in a circular motion. Once you have good coverage, remove any excess stain with a lint-free cloth. Let dry.

Apply a Protective Finish

After a light sanding, apply your polyacrylic finish of choice following the manufacturer’s instructions. This will protect your top and also give the stain depth and richness.

Finishing up

To assemble your DIY Desk, space your file cabinets evenly and lay the DIY desktop on top of the cabinets. I centered the middle cabinet and placed the left and right cabinets 24″ apart, leaving a generous opening for a desk chair.

 

desk made from old metal file cabinets
Allow 24″ between pedestals for ample seating room.

 

And, here it is all styled up and pretty! I’m in love with our File Cabinet Desk DIY. With any luck, I’ll be able to keep this desk clean. What? A girl can wish!

diy - filing cabinet desk

I hope I’ve inspired you to take on building your own customized DIY file cabinet desk solution, and please, let me know if I can answer any questions or help with your project.

DIY Filing Cabinet Desk

 

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