Rustic Concrete Stools
Vintage farmhouse concrete stools - the legs are detachable, which I like but might not be your thing. Use as a plant stand or side table, not for human sitting.
I made the bigger one by filling the lowes bucket to the 2.5" line. The little one was made using a smaller tupperware container.
Tip: using a mug to scoop is so much easier than using a red solo cups
(Optional: rub oil around the bucket to make it easier to free the stool once the concrete has set)
I just eyeballed it. You don't want it soupy, cause the concrete will be weak and may fall apart. If you buy the 10lb packets of concrete mix, it'll give you a more specific amount of water to add. When you're done adding water and mixing, gently tap the sides to get rid of bubbles.
Again, I eyeballed the placement and stuck them about 1.5" into the mix, while it's still wet and hasn't set. Then wait at least 24h for the concrete to set before trying to remove the stool from the bucket!
The scariest part! Turn that stool upside down and GENTLY tap on the sides to free it from the bucket.
I used a wire brush to age the legs and stained them using minwax special walnut stain. But you can do whatever you want.
Since I made the smaller stool in tupperware, I had to creatively prop the legs up while the concrete set. If I could redo this, I would've gotten a round 2 gallon bucket.
You can see indentations from the tupperware on the little guy, but it's still pretty cute.
As I've mentioned, the legs are detachable, but the stool is still sturdy. This one holds my heavy monstera.
Using this method, the legs are not permanently attached to concrete top and will detach over time (or constantly moving them for photos ). There are other methods using wire to wrap around the dowels before placing them in the concrete mix that will help keep them attached, but I don't mind that they come apart - made it easier for moving!