Asked on Oct 20, 2019

How can I upcycle this stand?

DeeWilliamRobyn Garner


this is an old piece from my parents that at one time had granite inserts. long gone though those can easily be replaced. I am not loving the brass feel to this and not sure other than a plant stand what to do with it. my style is more clean and contemporary so not sure i can make use of it unless there are some awesome ideas from those of you that are far more creative than me. ideas anyone? spray paint it? is in good condition. thanks in advance for your thoughts!

view from the Top

Side view

7 answers
  • Doris
    on Oct 20, 2019

    You could make it into a mirror insert and then spray paint the outside a silver color, either a very shiny or a matte shade. For the legs either paint them black or match your top. Doris

  • Megan
    on Oct 20, 2019

    It looks super pretty!! You could clean the brass with boiled vinegar and 0000 steel wool. That would brighten it up. You could also dry brush white paint on it and that gives a pretty farmhouse look! If you did the dry brushed look you could also paint the black part white and get a piece of glass cut to fit on top. :)

  • Gk
    on Oct 21, 2019

    If you don't want to use this as a plant stand or any other kind of furniture it looks like you can remove the legs. You could add a mirror to it and use the table top frame as a mirror to hang. Or you could add wood rather than a mirror and add some decorative hooks and use it for a coat rack, a towel rack, or a hat rack. I believe you can spray paint the filigree but I am not positive about painting over what looks like brass. Perhaps someone can chime in on painting over brass.

  • J Brown
    on Oct 21, 2019

    Consider a piece of tile to replace the missing granite.

  • Robyn Garner
    on Oct 21, 2019

    As this is not your "style" for in the house, consider using it outside. That's what I do with metal items that don't fit my home.

    Paint all parts with Rustoleum metal primer (I've found MUCH better results outdoors by priming first!). Then paint in your choice of color/finish. You can even chalk paint it and then put on an outdoor poly in matte finish to keep the chalk look. (obviously you'll need a new top).

    Not only can this continue as a plant stand, it can be used to hold solar lamps, statuary, etc. I love having unusual finds amongst my flowers! 😎

  • William
    on Oct 21, 2019

    Paint it black. A light wood insert. Tile insert. Paint it aluminum/silver with a mirror insert. Rustoleum 2X spray paint for metal. Black with a clear glass insert.

  • Dee
    on Oct 22, 2019

    I would prime it with Rustoleum spray primer, then paint it Oil Rubbed Bronze, I would get a glass insert. You can get glass cut at Lowes or Home depot and use it out doors as a side table.

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