I have a project today that is SO easy (yay!) & budget friendly (double yay!) it almost not a project at all!
I made these “side tables” a few years ago when we headed up to Big Sur, CA for my annual birthday
camping glamping trip. I intended these to be used as our bedside tables in the tent since they come apart and are easy to transport, but once we got home I placed them on our front deck and they have remained there every since. They actually ended up being the PERFECT height for side tables next to our deck lounge chairs!
Bonus: They have storage inside!! I use one for our potting soil and garden tools, and the other holds all my car was and detail supplies.
What you will need:
I purchased mine from the Home Depot for under $20 (you can often find these on clerance in an end isle in the garden center). You could use any color, style, or material planter that you wish to match the look to your style.
Tip: I’ve found after making another pair for our rental property, that my original reverse-bell shaped planters (the top is wider than the bottom) look better than cylinder type planter, but alas it’s what I found on clearance at the time. Be sure to measure for your required height as some planters can be too low to the ground.
Here are some options found with a quick search:
Round Wood Circle
I also purchased these from Home Depot & just picked out ones that fit flush with the top of the planters. The second set that were made with regular cylinder type planters have a large overlap on the top but sit firmly enough that they don’t fall over if bumped.
Tip: Adding fabric with a texture like grain sack or burlap helps give the tops some grip but you could also use photo dots or even glue for a more permanent fix- just keep in mind you would lose the storage inside.
Staple Gun & Staples:
A pneumatic staple gun is VERY handy with this project as it can be tiring on your hands to use a manual, but if you don’t have one don’t worry- it’s totally possible! Just take breaks as needed.
Optional: Wood Sealer/Top Coat of your choice.
I highly recommend if your going to leave these exposed to the elements that you treat the wood, it will warp and rot over time if not sealed properly. I should mention that all the tables I’ve made so far are under covered overhangs of some kind and don’t see a lot of serious weather here in southern California.
Optional: Covering of your choice & waterproof liner.
I was lucky enough to find a local supplier for coffee sacks so I went a bit crazy and purchased way more than I could ever use, but what’s a girl to do when she loves rustic things & the smell of coffee?! You could use burlap, outdoor fabric, tea towels, thin cotton rugs, kilim rugs…the possibilities are endless!
Optional: Waterproof Fabric Treatment
This will help prevent water or stains from soaking through to the wood.
I used some really thick curtain liner that I had leftover to give it further protection from spills & weather.
I made these long before the idea of a blog surfaced so I don’t have any photos of the process but I’ll do my best to describe it to you although I think you can figure it out even without my help!
- Sand down your wood top with fine grit sand paper (220 works great) to smooth out any inconsistencies and prep it for step 2.
- (Optional: Stain) Seal the wood with an outdoor topcoat. If your going to leave the wood top ‘as is’ like I did on the second set, it’s important you don’t skip this step. If you live in a climate that see’s a lot of rain, snow, or extremely varied temperatures you want to make sure that the top can handle it- so be sure to do multiple coats of topcoat.
- Once your stain and topcoat have dried (about 1 hour for stain, give the topcoat 24 hours to cure) your ready to get covering! I decided which area’s of the coffee sack I wanted showing on the top of my table and cut it apart. I then cut the curtain liner that would be placed underneath the coffee sack.
- Place your fabric choice face down, liner on top of that, and finally the wood circle. Be sure to cut enough fabric and liner that you can staple far enough inside the bottom so that it sits flush on the edge of the planter. (I also covered the bottom on my initial table but it’s unnecessary).
6. Start by pulling the fabric taunt & stapling directly across from each other on 4 opposite sides. This helps to make sure the fabric doesn’t bunch as much and is firmly in place. *
Remember to staple in toward the center of the bottom to keep fabric from bunching on the area that will rest on the planter.
Snip the edges to allow it to wrap around with creating wrinkles. Lift it up periodically to verify it’s smooth on the top and around the sides. Staple until the fabric & liner are held firmly in place.
*It doesn’t have to be neat, as you can see I was quite sloppy with it (I should actually go back and cut all the extra fabric off). It will be hidden inside the planter, just be sure to check it and make sure that it sits flush.
6. If you want to use fabric treatment now is the time to spray light coats over the top.
TA-DA- Your now done with your super easy budget table! Place the top on your resin planter, stand back and enjoy your work!
Sorry for the horrid photo quality, I used my iPhone and the sun was setting so it was difficult to get correct lighting. I hope this is helpful to someone, sorry that I don’t have photos of the process, but am happy to answer any questions you might have!