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Pebble Topped Five Gallon Bucket Table

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I already made one of these little tables with Dollar Store glass gems and it came out colorful and blingy. I knew I wanted to make one with a pebble top and pallet boards and boy, am I happy with the way it came out!!
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $6 Difficulty: Medium
The Dollar Store polished pebbles and the reclaimed pallet boards are a natural together. I love the rustic country look this little table has!
We cut the boards to length then secured them with our nail gun. I bent the nails down for safety once we were done. You could also use exterior grade construction adhesive but it would take much longer since you would have to wait for the glue to set up and dry completely.
I bought a 16" glass microwave plate from the thrift store then used one tube of silicone caulking at $2.97 and two bags of Dollar Store pebbles, plus some larger flat stones from our garden paths. Two hours from start to finish and we have a cute country style table!
So inexpensive, so easy to make and totally weatherproof. The silicone makes the pebbles look like they are floating in water and it's such a pretty effect. I LOVE how these little bucket tables are turning out!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Five gallon bucket   (on hand)
  • Reclaimed pallet boards   (on hand)
  • Silicone caulking   ($2.97 one tube)
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To see more: http://makethebestofthings.blogspot.com/2017/05/five-gallon-bucket-table-diy.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey
    Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey Castaic, CA
    on May 28, 2017

    Beautiful! Adding to my summer to do list. I need some plant stands and this is perfect, and i already have lots and lots of rocks too. Thanks so much! ❤

  • Shelly House
    Shelly House De Forest, WI
    on Jun 4, 2017

    Very beautiful

  • Sandra Allen
    Sandra Allen
    on Jun 5, 2017

    Super Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Now I know what to do with an old defunked BBQ!!

  • Barbara_mazz
    Barbara_mazz Gibbstown, NJ
    on Jun 8, 2017

    I can't wait to make this

  • Lynne Webb
    Lynne Webb
    on Jun 22, 2017

    And how many times have I seen a discarded microwave plate because the appliance evidently broke? I didn't see it mentioned how you attached the stones with the silicone. One at a time? Or applied strips of silicone and then embedded the stone? And, did you use a nail gun to apply the strips of wood because I the nails make me think that's what they came from. Hammering on that thin metal wouldn't work.

    • Ann
      Ann Medford, OR
      on Jun 22, 2017

      The finished plate is not fastened down. It is pretty heavy and sits sturdily on top of the bucket. I wanted to be able to put the tables away for winter when I clear off my deck and being able to store two smaller pieces works well for me. As for attaching the stones, I put a "puddle" of silicone about 2" across then spread it around with a smooth stone so it's an even but thick layer. Then I smoosh each stone/gem into the silicone and give it a little twist to make sure it is well seated then slide it into place. As I do this I make sure that the silicone stays evenly distributed and not thick and thin around each stone. Yes, I wear gloves for this part since it can be messy! And it sounds tedious but it goes quickly.

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