Room to Grow

I’ve mentioned my good friend, Carole, right? During one of our weekly brunch fests she told me she was looking for a new plant table and that it should be wide enough for the plants to not touch. She figured I might eventually come across something that would work and asked me to keep my eyes open.

Not long after that conversation, I found this particle board princess hanging out on the curb. The top was pretty banged up. One of the feet was missing and it didn’t have a proper drawer pull.

roadside rescue

But I liked the twisted legs and figured it was long enough to allow Carole’s plants to keep their distance. So, I mixed up some chocolate and cream mineral paint then layered those on to create a textured finish, dry brushing the final coat. I didn’t bother to cover up any of the gouges, nicks or water spots.

wax table top

Instead, I used dark wax to accentuate the blemishes and add some much needed character. Mass produced furniture pieces serve their purpose but there’s no reason they shouldn’t be unique and attractive at the same time.

wax sheen

Originally, these feet were meant to sit under the legs above the lower shelf. But they worked just as well underneath. At 5’1″ I’m taller than Carole, so I it was fine to lose a bit of the overall height by slightly modifying the configuration.

plant stand feet

And it’s totally fine that I neglected to sweep the floor before taking that shot. You probably didn’t even notice until I pointed it out – since you were no doubt admiring the gorgeous finish on that shelf.

table top paint detail

Speaking of, what do you think of the two-tone look where the original oak color is peeking through the chocolate brown paint? The dark wax over dark paint shined up nicely and made for one sharp piece of furniture.

painted plant stand

At least that’s what Carole said when I set it in front of her sliding glass door.

How to paint a table

Where her plants now have plenty of room to grow.


  1. michelfedrick July 18, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    That's amazing..!

  2. Kathy @ SMART Living March 25, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Wow! That's amazing. I wish I lived close to you and we were friends! Thank you for the inspiration to know that something like this is possible.

  3. wanda conley March 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Love it and love the two tone and the wax finish. 🙂

  4. Supriti Chauhan March 19, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Fantastic Job Dee! This is the third time I am writing in your comment box, its showing some kind of error. I hope it goes this time!

    • Dee March 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      Hope you don't mind my keeping all 3 of them!

  5. Supriti Chauhan March 19, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Fantastic job Dee!

  6. Mary Soulios March 19, 2014 at 3:09 am

    This is gorgeous! What exactly is dry brushing?

    • Dee March 19, 2014 at 4:30 am

      Thanks! It's when you dip your brush in paint {lightly} and then blot it on a rag to remove most of the paint before brushing any on the piece you're painting. It's a tad wasteful but you wind up with a really small amout of paint to accent things with.

  7. Sari (vintage-twiste March 19, 2014 at 1:52 am


  8. MissyC March 19, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Love it!

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