Succulent Table

7 Materials
$50
3 Hours
Easy

Before you take that broken piece of furniture to the dump, look beyond its intended purpose and create something unique. A chair can become a shelf, a dresser can become a bar, & a table can become a planter!
This antique table had pretty details, but was missing its top and its doors.
I gave the dark dingy brown a fresh, lively color called Colonel Mustard, from the Dixie Belle Paint Company. I painted the inside of the table with a gray, called Driftwood.
Once my paint colors were dry, I added dark wax in the color, Grunge Gray (also from the Dixie Belle Paint Company). I put in on heavy with a wax brush making sure that the wax got down into the nooks and crannies so it would show all the beautiful detail of the table.
I used a dry rag to wipe away the excess wax.
Since the top of the table was missing, it was open down into the drawer. I filled the drawer with heavy duty plastic, and used a staple gun to secure it to the top of the table.

I added pallet wood the the top to cover the staples, then filled the drawer with pebbles.
I covered the pebbles with dirt then filled the drawer with succulents.
This piece once destined for the dump, is now a beautiful planter, as well as a great conversation piece. And, because the table was free, this project was inexpensive!
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  • Deborah Berkman-Parisi
    Deborah Berkman-Parisi
    on Apr 30, 2018

    What did you seal the chalk paint with so that the planter could withstand the elements of outdoors?

    • Carrie Reid
      Carrie Reid
      on May 1, 2018

      I make these every year . Seal paint with a few coats of polyacrylic...polyurethane with yellow so don’t use.

  • Lori Beth Merrill
    Lori Beth Merrill
    on Apr 30, 2018

    What color paint did you use to paint the bottom inside of the planter with? It is such a nice contrasting gray.

  • Noneya
    Noneya
    on May 24, 2018

    I have a real old dresser that is almost identical to this succulent table... the dresser itself, as far as I know, dates back to AT LEAST my 81 year old grandmother's parents time... Im ITCHING to rip out power tools... but, should I? Or, should I just refinish it up real nice, & use it for extra storage (3 kids... smh). Or, simple sell it? The indecision is almost painful, lol. I LOVE to create, so thats why. Now, as far as I know, its got the original stain on it. Also, even IF I were to sell it, I wouldn't even know who to trust, or where to begin... Does anyone have any thoughts?

    • Petra
      Petra
      on Jun 1, 2018

      Love this idea. The colors you used are absolutely beautiful.

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