DIY Plant Stands From a Thrifted Bar Stool

5 Materials
$60
2 Days
Medium

I’ve been on the hunt for plant stands, but haven’t been able to find what I was looking for. So, I found a bar stool while thrifting and decided to see if I could make plant stands out of the bar stool. My $3 find turned into two rustic plant stands!

This is the bar stool I scored for $3! I think the trick is to find a stool that is taller as it will give you enough height to make two plant stands.

Tape Your Legs Off

The first thing I did was use painters tape and tape off the legs where I wanted to make the cuts.

When you’re cutting into wood it’s always a good idea to tape it off so the wood does not splinter. We also used the tape as a guide on where to cut. I placed the tape above the top rungs to divide the two stands.

Cut Your Legs

We used an Oscillating Tool to make the cut as straight as we could.. it wasn’t perfect but it did the job!

This is what it looks like once it’s cut into two stands.

Sand The Stands

The next step I did was sand the two stands (top of the smaller stand/legs & the legs on the taller one). We will be adding a DIY top for the taller stand.


I used 120grit sanding pad on my hand sander. I’m painting both legs on each stand so I just sanded enough to rough up the wood//remove the shine for the paint to adhere.

Fill The Holes

After everything was sanded I decided to fill the holes on the legs of each stand (I think there was plugs here to cover screws originally).


I did not have any wood filler on hand so I improvised and decided to try joint compound. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but it ended up working for me!

Sand The Holes

Once the holes are filled/dried I lightly sanded them using 120grit sand paper. I then wiped both stands down to get ready to paint.

Paint The Stands

I painted the taller stand first (bottom) with Rustoleums flat black spray paint. I gave it two coats of spray paint.

Cut Your Wood

Next I cut a piece of old barn board roughly an inch wider all the way around to place on top of the taller stand.

Glue On The Top

Next I glued on the piece of barn board using this 5 minute epoxy (I did not want to split the wood by drilling it into the stand). I let this sit overnight with something sitting on top to ensure the glue dried.

Stain The Top- Small Stand

I then moved into the smaller stand. I decided to stain the top using two different Varathane Stains ( Kona & Linen White ).

I alternated between stains to get the desired look I was going for. I recommend using gloves, applying the stain in a well ventilated area & to wear a mask. I used an old sock to apply the stain.

Paint the Legs- Small Stand

I then painted the legs on the small stand using left over sample paint I had on hand. The colour I went for is a light grey.

This is the final result of my DIY plant stands made out of a Thrifted bar stool!!! I love the end look and they look great in my new yoga room!

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  • Judy
    on Jul 11, 2020

    Great idea for a couple of old stools that were my moms. Never had the heart to get rid of them, so have just kept them stored away, with no other use for them. Well, thanks to you, I now have a use for them, and mom's memory lives on in another way for sure! Thank you!

    • Meg
      on Jul 17, 2020

      Yay!! That’s awesome, great way to repurpose!!

  • Leida R
    7 days ago

    Beautiful! Thanks for the share.

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