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How To Make A Reclaimed Wood Plant Stand

Hey guys! This is the reclaimed wood plant stand made with an aquarium base the JTS and I put together before he broke his arm. It’s taken me a while to get the photos and the post together.

Plant stand made from an aquarium stand and reclaimed wood

The aquarium stand and reclaimed wood worked very well together. My plan was to stain or weather the wood but it was perfect as is.

large reclaimed metal fish tank stand or aquarium stand

I liked this old fish tank stand a lot because of the curlicue front sides. Not humdrum straight iron legs. I bought it at my favorite junk shop for $10.

paint an aquarium table with white spray paint

First thing I did was paint the metal white with spray paint the JTS bought at an auction. He got a whole case of the paint and it covers really well.

using a table saw to cut reclaimed wood

We got the piece of reclaimed wood from a friend who bought the wood at an auction. We love those auctions. We measured the top of the metal stand and cut the board to fit. Hubby used the table saw for some of the cuts and….

making a reclaimed wood plant table

……the circular saw for some. I’m not a saw person unless it’s a miter saw. I much prefer working a drill or brad nailer.

Ray looking over the fish tank plant stand

We ran short of reclaimed wood for the bottom shelf so we used new unfinished 1×4’s instead.

how to make a table from a recycled fish tank stand

Hubby clamped the wood to the frame then used a drill to make holes in the wood and the metal.

screwing wood planks to metal

Then he screwed everything down. I sure am missing him in the workshop. He is slowly getting better but the wrist break is going to take a while to heal. 

how to distress spray painted metal furniture

Next I started distressing the white paint on the stand by hand but that got old after about 10 minutes.

distressing painted metal with a power sander

I pulled out my trusty Ryobi battery powered mouse sander and had the job done in no time at all.

how to seal outdoor furniture from the weather

Since I decided not to paint the wood it needed to be sealed. I used latex (water based) Minwax Polyacrylic and applied 3 coats to the wood on the top and the unfinished wood on the bottom shelf.

how to use reclaimed wood to make a table

The new screws were bright silver. I found an acrylic paint color in my stash that blended with the wood and put a coat of paint on the screw heads.

flower containers on a rustic plant stand

We were super happy with how the project turned out. The old wood, the new wood, and the metal stand make a great combo.

How To Make A Reclaimed Wood Plant Stand

I use the table as an outdoor plant stand. I can think of other uses for the table too. It would look nice in a foyer or would be great for holding towels in the bathroom.

how to make a table using unfinished wood

One last look at the plants in my favorite junky pots . The yellow lantana is one of my favorite Summer flowers.

This is only one of many aquarium/fish tank stands we’ve recycled into cool tables. See more of them below…..

Red Aquarium Stand Table

Black Dog Salvage Painted Fish Tank Table

Rustic Outdoor Plant Table

Sofa Table DIY

Small Fish Tank Stand Table

Cute Little DIY Table with Metal Base  (Not an aquarium stand table)

What do you guys think of the reclaimed wood plant stand? Leave a note if you have time. Tomorrow is Furniture Fixer Upper Day and I have an awesome furniture makeover for you. See you then, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Great upcycle project! It turned out so pretty. #HomeMattersParty

  2. Love this! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s, you are being featured on my blog Tuesday evening.

  3. Nice upcycle, it looks great Kathy! I’m totally with you on the saw thing.

  4. Looks great. So many plants stands are so wobbly. Since this was made from an aquarium stand it must be very sturdy. Something else to add to my must find list.