Spring is almost here, and I’m chomping at the bit to start planting! But since it’s still a little early where I live, I got my gardening fix by creating this unique plant stand with basic materials from my local home improvement store. The special touch on this one was created by using Upstart Epoxy Art Resin!
Create a Unique Plant Stand or Side Table for Your Deck or Patio
STEP 1: Collect Your Materials
The main materials for this project can be purchased from your local home improvement store:
(1) large pine “panel round” (I found this in the same aisle as trim and baseboards)
(1) Viagoro plant stand (17.9 in. x 16.3 in. x 8.7 in.)
(1) package of ½ inch two-hole straps
(6) ¾ inch screws (# 8 or # 10 screws)
Panhead screws, where the underside of the screw head is flat (as shown below), would be best, but any ¾ inch wood screw would be fine. The most important thing is to make sure the screw is short enough to not come through the top of your wood.
The Upstart Epoxy Art Resin kit and Mica Powder kit are available from UpstartEpoxy.com or from Amazon.com.
The kit comes with measuring cups, stir sticks, and gloves, but I found it helpful to have extra gloves and stir sticks handy. Epoxy resin works by mixing the resin (orange bottle) and hardener (blue bottle) together in equal parts, so you will also need disposable cups for mixing.
NOTE: There is enough epoxy in this kit to do at least three projects of this size.
STEP 2: Prepare Your Space
Epoxy is MESSY! I prepared for this by cutting off the bottom of a large cardboard box, and covering it with a large plastic garbage bag. Then I drove some nails into a small board, and set it inside the box.
This way, the finished piece could sit up off of the plastic while the epoxy dripped down the sides, without getting stuck to the plastic.
STEP 3: A Tiny Bit of Sanding
I spent a couple of minutes sanding down the wood with some 400 grit sandpaper, just to make sure I started with a nice, smooth surface (any medium or fine grit of sandpaper will do).
Additionally, I used some masking tape to tape off a nice clean circular line around the bottom edge.
STEP 4: Mix Your Epoxy!
SAFETY FIRST: Make sure you are in a well-ventilated space before you start mixing your ingredients! It doesn’t smell at first, but you can definitely smell it once it starts to dry.
Scoop out a couple of spoonfuls of the mica powders of your choice into disposable cups. Then, using a 1:1 ratio, measure out Part A (the orange bottle) and Part B (blue bottle) for each color you want to include.
Although the proportions of Part A and Part B need to be precise, the mica powder can be added to create the opacity of your choice. I used 2 heaping scoops for each color, and approximately 1.5 ounces of both Part A and Part B. (I measured visually by comparing the levels in the Part A & Part B cups. This is a benefit to using clear disposable cups.)
NOTE: I noticed that the resin (part A in the orange bottle) had gotten a little thick after being stored in my chilly basement for a while. To make it a little thinner and easier to work with, I set the entire bottle in a pan of pre-warmed -- steaming, not boiling -- water for several minutes (similar to warming up a baby’s bottle). This made it a lot easier to work with!
STEP 5: Start Pouring!
It’s time to get creative! Pour the various mixtures onto the wood in whatever pattern you like. Lift the wood to swirl the different colors together, or use a heat gun or hair dryer.
A heat gun, if you have one, is particularly helpful in removing any bubbles that might be trapped in the resin (although since epoxy takes a long time to dry and is self-leveling, many - if not all - of the bubbles will escape as it dries).
It’s difficult to be precise with this material, so don’t worry if it doesn’t go exactly “as planned.”
STEP 6: Dry Time
The benefit of using epoxy resin is its extreme durability, but you must be patient! It needs 3-4 days (or more, depending on the thickness of your layer) to be ready to handle, and even longer to properly cure. So don’t rush it!
CAUTION: Resist the urge to touch it! I made the mistake of testing it for dryness after 24 hours, and now you can see my fingerprint if you look at it from just the right angle. Oops!
STEP 7: Sanding and Touch Up
Once you’re sure it’s dry, flip it over and inspect the bottom. Pull off the masking tape, if you have used any. Mine still had drips (even though I attempted to wipe them away while it was still wet), so I used my sander to level them off.
STEP 8: Attach the Legs
Attach the legs to the bottom using the two-hole straps and ¾ inch screws. Be sure to measure carefully first to make sure the leg piece is properly centered.
NOTE: Be careful when pre-drilling the holes that you don’t drill all the way through!
And you’re done! You now have a plant stand/side table that will hold up to the elements, and is easy to clean!
Watch the full video of this project on ChickFix USA on YouTube!
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Trudy on Feb 28, 2021
WOW! Amazing out com AND your directions were really explicit. I have not been brave enough to try epoxy yet, but one hint I read said to put Vaseline on the bottom edge and the drips won't stick.
Liz on Feb 28, 2021
Oh how I love this. Do I have to buy both of those resin kits to make this? I would like this to be a bit taller so I think I would use a taller stand on the bottom. This is beautiful!!1
Carey on Mar 05, 2021
I too think that this is a wonderful idea!! The vaseline tip is excellent as well. I have used that for painting when I wanted to protect the glass on a project! I will be looking for a taller stand as I like a taller option. I have never tried epoxy but this gives me the courage to give it a try!! Thanks so much for your clear instructions!