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I have always liked the look of a martini side table.
The sticker-shock on some of these beauties is pretty intense. As you might know by now, I try to re create most of my favorite looks for dirt cheap and this project is no exception.
While it’s not an exact match, it costs a fraction of the original and is made from items you probably have on hand.
All of our planters are currently being used for their intended purposes around the backyard so I picked up two new ones at HD for $5.97 each. They are 12″ in diameter. I also grabbed two clay saucers also 12′” in diameter.
Break out the Gorilla!
I ran a pretty thick line of glue around the bottom. As you can see my planters have these bumps on the bottom which “interlocked” when I put the other planter on top of this one.
Set your other planter on top of this one and make sure it’s centered. Place something heavy inside to really set the glue properly.
Once the glue was dry, I gave the entire piece a couple coats of black acrylic paint with my new fav stuff!
No need to spray the inside of your planters as you won’t see them. Be sure to spray the inside of one saucer and the bottom of the other. One will be the base to add some stability and the other will be the top.
Voila! In a matter of two hours [dry time for the glue] you now have a new side table.
I also had the idea of adding some handles to the top saucer so I could remove it and serve drinks to guests! You can also use the top planter as storage for entertaining items that you don’t always want to see [ie, napkins, silverware, cups, etc.] The possibilities are endless!
I might make a few more but use planters in varying sizes. You’re only limited by your imagination.
In my quest to makeover just about EVERYTHING in and around our house nothing is off limits [well spray painting my kids is probably not a good idea]. While playing soccer in the backyard with my little man the other day, I got the raging itch to do something with our ugly doormats. So after I got my butt kicked 10-3 I accepted defeat and got busy making this door mat a bit prettier.
It’s just a simple coconut fiber door mat that has seen better days. But….you know what I’m going to say….I try to squeeze the life out of everything first before tossing it into the garbage.
While little man was basking in the glow of victory, I taped off a simple design with painters tape. I had to push the tape down a bit as it does not want to stick.
I stopped my taping at this point thinking that the design would be pretty.
Because the door mat is obviously outside I chose my go-to enamel spray paint in flat black. Then I got my trigger-finger to work.
This sucker soaked up a TON of paint. I went through that entire can of paint!
And the moment of truth. My first impression was, “This looks a flag! Do I want to be trampling all over some country’s flag?” I know…my thought process is strange. Plus I wasn’t impressed with the way it looked. Soooo….
I took a risk and grabbed my little can of white gloss latex. LATEX?!?! I know…but the label said it’s great for outdoor projects. So I shrugged my shoulders and said, “Let’s give it a try!”
I dabbed white paint over the design I already created then decided to keep on chugging and fill in the entire door mat. I just used an old crappy craft paint brush.
And here she is! As fate would have it, we got a rain storm in San Diego yesterday and the paint held up just fine!
I like it! It’s a cheap update and I love the bold look of black and white! I’m on a B+W kick right now and don’t see it coming to an end anytime soon.
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