See how just about anything can be made into furniture. For instance, take this wooden box. Sometime ago when I was at my booth I saw one of the other vendors unloading it from his truck. It captured my imagination and I bought it.It is a munitions box. I am sure he was glad to unload it, I was ecstatic to buy it. I liked the wood tones with the lettering on top and it never even entered my mind to paint it.
I sanded and sanded and sanded until it was smooth. Then I waxed it. The wood sucked it up and it took several coats with the final one being the dark wax. Then I buffed it to a fine sheen.
The next step was to figure out how to put legs on it. I always saw this as a table. I suppose you could make it into something like a bench or hang it on a wall as a cabinet, but I needed to put legs on it and make it into a table. I searched the internet considering options and finally settled on galvanized steel pipes.
Before I took off to Lowes I measured the height of an end table to get an idea of the length of the legs. The table I based my measurements on is 24 inches. The box is six inches so it worked out perfectly by using 18 inch pipes.
On to Lowes I went. I also had to consider cost as I knew the pipes can be pricey. I ended up buying black iron pipe in 18 inch lengths. It worked perfectly but Lowes is very good about cutting things if you need a size not available.
Munitions Box Flange and Pipesed it To attach the legs to the table I bought four floor flange fittings, whew and wood screws to attach to the wooden munitions box. On the bottom I used slip cap fittings. I also left the red tags on the pipes for character.
It was so easy to make this wooden munitions box into furniture. And it fits with the rustic industrial look, has storage and is one of a kind. See how just about anything can be made into furniture?
How To Make A Plant Stand From A Stepladder
Stepladders as furniture are popular in my area. A couple friends of mine have painted and tweaked them and they sold very well in my booth. I figured it was my turn to see what I could come up with. So I decided to show you How To Make A Plant Stand From A Stepladder.
I was fortunate to find one at a garage sale and one at a favorite junk store. Now that they are so popular if you can find one they cost quite a bit. It is wild.
I knew I didn’t want to slap some paint on it and call it done. About two years ago I found vintage tile with letters at a wonderful salvage store called Used Stuff. I gathered what I could but vowels were at a premium so I have to be creative on my words.
I rummaged through and I found enough letters to make “grow”. Perfect for a plant stand. I had just enough to alternate between blue and black. That determined the color scheme.
The ladder has seen better days, you certainly do not want to climb on it but as a plant stand it works! First things first, it was scrubbed down with Murphy’s Oil Soap.
My first task was to saw a piece of pallet wood in 2 pieces measured out at 18 5/8 inches. This is slightly larger than the letters along with the border edge of the tile. I got out my trusty compressor and nailed the two boards to the bottom of the ladder. After the boards were attached I sanded down the rough areas.
Then it was time for the first coat of DIY chalk paint using one part Plaster of Paris mixed with water and three parts paint in a black.
Then I applied the Sherwin Williams crackle medium. I love watching the paint crackle. It is a lot more exciting than watching paint dry, tee hee. Plus the look matches the vintage tile.
After allowing it to dry I painted over it with DIY Chalk Paint in a blue that matched the blue in the tile. Again I applied the crackle medium after the paint dried.
The final coat of DIY chalk paint in a creamy white was painted on the ladder. To protect the paint I painted on a coat of Polycrylic.
Once that was dry it was time to put on the tile. Now usually I use liquid nails when I have a small tiling project but I didn’t have any. I decided to try E6000 glue. It worked. The tiles butt up to each other and don’t need to be grouted so this is a very quick and easy project. The hardest part is finding a stepladder at a reasonable price.
Doesn’t it look cute as a plant stand?