Raw Edge Concrete Plant Stand
While they make any home effortlessly neat they do tend to throw in a unqiue Mid- century modern vibe, and nowadays who doesn’t love mid century modern?!! 😀 I DO!! It’s minimalist bohemian features make any room look remarkable. NOW….When I was into shabby chic a few years ago my bedroom and living were so chic but for some weird reason my dining room just couldn’t grasp on a good style vibe. lol I literally had flowers on my walls in the dinning room. How granny chic is that?! 😀 It was cute while it lasted but I got sick of it and painted the walls a light gray. My poor hubby never said a word because it took me over three weeks to hand paint the mural floral wallpaper but he sure didn’t complain when I made the switch to gray 😀 What I’m trying to say is some styles are much more versatile then others. Mid-century Modern definitely has it’s benefits while making any room look modern you can still tweak it add a touch of your own favorite furniture pieces and it’ll still look awesome.
Plant Stand Journey
Oh my gosh I’ve been all over the web looking for cute plant stands. Those West elm little wood plant stands are so stinking cute but like always way over my budget. I do like the wood plant stands but I decided to challenge myself and bring in an industrial look in some of my home decor pieces. I know nothing about construction so I set out on an adventure making this modern little plant stand. To give you a pointer one of the biggest reasons I wanted to do it out of concrete was because I really wanted to make it raw edged. I love anything raw edged.. wood, concrete, marble, metal…lol if that was possible. (might be to dangerous) Anyways on we go enough rambling 😀 …
What you’ll need to make this trendy plant stand
I will add links for everything that I used below (SCROLL DOWN) 😀
- Concrete (quick setting is optional)
- Dowell (or long stick)
- Bucket (for the plant stand top)
- Bucket (for mixing)
- Miter Saw (optional or Handsaw)
- Wood Stain (of your choice)
- Spray paint
- Smallish Flat head screw driver
- Smallish hammer
Let’s Do This !!
I ended up making a small rectangle one too. It turned out horrendous but, I did get to practice my raw edging technique on it which was actually very helpful.. If you’ve never chipped edges on concrete I would recommend making a practice slab. 😀 I purchased my Dowel and concrete at the home depot. (total cost for me was $9.50 because I had the rest of the supplies at home from previous projects )
This is what size dowel I got. It was the seven eighths.
I also cut my dowels on my own. I’m sure home depot could cut them to size. They usually do but this time I decided to pull this baby out. I divided my dowel in to three sections to make legs out of it. (My legs measured at 16″ each)
This is totally optional. I bagged my concrete before opening it so I could tie the bad up after and use it for my next project. 😀 Plus it was a bit cleaner this way.
I didn’t use any specific measuring for mixing the concrete since there isn’t really a recipe for this. The instructions on the bag said to add concrete to water. Keep in mind it will double in size, so start small. I purchased this mixing bucket at the dollar store. I started by pouring in 1/4 bucket of cold water and started adding the concrete. Boy this was a tedious process. My arms nearly fell off.. Good workout though 😀 . Make sure and mix well because I was about to start pouring in and noticed it was clumpy. Try to get rid of as many clumps as possible.
This is what it should look like once mixed.
I then took my bucket and if you look close measured and marked 2.5 inches away from the bottom to make sure I don’t go over that mark. I know I wanted the concrete top to be under three inches and this was a great way to keep track of the thickness.
Then simply take your legs and stick them in. I tried not to have them touching in the middle so it wouldn’t look dorky.. 😀 I did about three inches apart forming a perfect triangle shape. Before leaving it to cure take a stick and lightly tap the bucket on the sides a few times for the bubbles to come out. Then leave it outside to cure overnight.
After letting it cure for 24 hours. I carefully pulled it out. It should come right out. Then I used a tiny flat head screw driver and a smallish hammer and chipped the edges.
Keep in mind there is a technique to this. Concrete is very prone to breaking especially at this stage when it’s not fully cured. I’ve never tried doing it once it’s fully cured so I don’t know if it would work on fully cured concrete. (the concrete was stiff enough to sit on.lol trying to give you an example… it just wasn’t strong enough to be messed with to much)
How to do it:
I started off by chipping the edges all around while flipped upside down NOT chipping all the way to the bottom. Then I flipped it on it’s legs and chipped the edges on top. Once I was done with top and bottom, I chipped what was left in between. It’s a tedious process but is totally worth the effort. 😀 The chipping process took me about 45 minutes to complete.
Then I simply took some wood stain and rubbed the stain into the wood with a napkin. The color stain I used was special walnut. I let the stain settle in over night but you can give it 4-6 hours and paint over it.
I decided to taper down the bottom of my legs to give it more of a leg feel rather then a dowel. Totally being picky. 🙂 I think the fact that I knew I used a dowel was what was messing with my head..So this is totally optional because it looks good either way.
It’s a beauty..
This is what I left it at. Also a tedious process but I loved the extra effort I put in it. It definitely showed in the end. OOOH before I started sanding I marked where I would be painting so I wouldn’t go over it. That way you don’t have to stain it again. LOL.. I totally did this all backwards. I know I should have stained and sanded it before I stuck the legs in the concrete. I’m always changing my mind mid-projects that would explain why it’s all backwards.
I measured 5 inches from the bottom and taped it off. I knew I didn’t want the white paint to cover to much of the pretty wood grain.
Then I used a paint and primer in the color white to paint the bottoms of the legs. Yes I do have a few large chips on the button that was because I didn’t figure out my technique until midway. It looks cool either way the only thing I would be worried about is have a HUGE chunk chip off.. 🙁 so be careful. (if you used more then one coat of stain I would highly recommend using a primer/paint because you don’t want the stain to leak into your paint)
Now how lovely is that!! 😀 I am obsessed with it. So modern and trendy. Nope I can’t tell I made it. lol. 😀 It feels like I bought it from some expensive brand name store.
The detail on the edges definitely makes it unqiue. The flat surface area on the slab ended up having some halos from the bucket and it’s totally sandable , but I personally didn’t really mind because I’d have a plant on it anyways. ( I used a recycled paint bucket and I think they run a but thinner then the regular ones home depot sells so maybe that’s why the surface was like that. ehh dunno)
Here’s snippet of the texture from the top.
The tapered beautiful legs.
Oh YES…do make one and tag me on Instagram . This plant stand is so versatile. Maybe for my next one I’ll do copper dipped legs…!! 😀
Chao Ladies. Till next time my wonderful craftaholics.
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