• Wood Shim Plant Stand

    by  • October 17, 2014 • Crafts & DIY Decor, Decor, House Projects & Updates • 9 Comments

    Today I wanted to share with you how I made this textured wood shim plant stand!

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    I started by building the base with 4 pieces of plywood assembled into a simple box shape. I used an inexpensive 1/4″ x 2 x 4 aspen plywood panel and had them cut it there at Lowe’s down to 4 8″ x 24″ pieces. You’ll have 16″ leftover. To avoid leftover, you could buy the even cheaper 2 x 2 panels and make your sides 6″ x 24″ and just make a skinnier plant stand. I probably would’ve done that if I had thought of it sooner, haha. Your call!

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    I added the black lines in this photo to show you how I overlapped the corners so it would still form a perfect square. I used wood glue and nail gun to attach the pieces.

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    Then I wanted to add the texture of the wood shims on the faces. I used a miter saw to cut my pieces and attached it with wood glue. You can see in the photo how I overlapped the corners and alternated the directions of the shims to get the textured look.

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    This is a good project for recovering perfectionists (like me). With the shims, it’s completely impossible for it to be perfect, no matter how hard you try, so you have to just embrace imperfection and run with it. Although you do have to check that the pieces are somewhat level as you build them up, even if that means leaving gaps. I learned that if you stack the shims directly on top of each other, they get really skewed and it’ll be a nightmare to finish the top. Luckily the wood glue doesn’t dry immediately so you can wiggle them around until things look right. Just make sure to wipe off any excess glue you see.

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    When the sides were done, I cut down a piece of scrap wood to add the top.

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    Then I stained the shims with Minwax Dark Walnut. The raw wood soaked up the stain almost immediately so there was no wiping needed. I decided not to bother with adding wax or poly because I thought the matte/raw look suited the imperfect and rustic shims better, but you could definitely brush on a sealer if you wanted!

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    For the top, I took a gamble with a $2 quart of “oops” paint at Lowe’s and love it. It’s a great warm-neutral with green undertones.

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters
    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    It may seem like a time consuming project, but it can actually be done in a little over an hour! It took me 5 minutes to build the base, 45 minutes to add the shims, 5 minutes to attach/spackle/sand the top, 10 minutes to stain the shims, and 5 minutes to prime and paint the top (with some drying time thrown in there). It’s an inexpensive project too, especially if you have some supplies on hand like I did (like wood glue, nails, stain, and scrap wood for the top). I spent $8 on the plywood, $8 on 2 packs of large shims, and $2 on the paint. Not bad for $18! If you make the skinnier version with the smaller $4 plywood panel (like I mentioned at the beginning of the post), I bet you you could also buy the smaller (and cheaper) shims and make this for $8!

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters
    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    As you can see, I’m using the plant stand in our bathroom. I don’t think I’ve shown any pictures of it since the before tour when we first moved in.

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    But here’s how it looks today!

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    I added the navy rug (from Overstock), a collection of small mirrors by the sink, and clipped another paper lantern over the existing ceiling fixture.
    Can I also mention how awesome it is that the double shower curtain from our last home’s bathroom reno happened to match the mint green bathroom in this house perfectly?!

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    I actually have a second project to show you today – this console/vanity. Bonus!

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    I bought this small console table for $20 on craigslist about a year ago. We used it a little while as a nightstand in our bedroom, and then as a desk in our family room. It wasn’t really working in either scenario, but I thought it’d make a great makeup vanity in the bathroom (since we have the space!). It was totally fine to begin with, and it’s made with actual wood, so it has that going for it, but I was bored with it so I wanted to give it a more modern and dramatic look.

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    I happened to have a bunch of wood pieces that were the exact size of the legs. The previous owners of our first home left some random stuff in our attic and shed. I hoarded some of the stuff (like these wood pieces!) and got rid of the rest. After moving my hoard to this house, I was happy that I could put those pieces to good use with this project! I cut them down and glued and nailed them horizontally in between the side legs.

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters
    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    I primed the new wood pieces and put two coats of glossy olive green enamel paint over everything. I actually got this paint for another project I’m working on (I’ll show you soon!) so it was technically free too 🙂

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    It was annoying to paint around all the pieces, but I love the added detail and the glossy finish turned out really nice, so I think it was worth it!

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    I thought about getting different drawer pulls, but with the dark paint finish, I don’t mind the original ones at all. Maybe I’ll replace them someday, but I think they look kind of charming for now!

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters
    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    Obviously it’s not functioning as a makeup vanity just yet. I’ll need to lean a big mirror here, find a stool to scoot under the table, and add a lamp or maybe a wall sconce or two.

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    I love the new look! What do you think of it?

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    It’s definitely a luxury to have a bathroom large enough for a piece of furniture, and I am enjoying it!

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

    It’s been fun to inject some personality into our rental home’s bathroom!

    Wood Shim Plant Stand | Beautiful Matters

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    9 Responses to Wood Shim Plant Stand

    1. Krystin B.
      October 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Love the table that you repurposed, do you use any sort of finish over your paint to keep from it getting rings or stains? I am about to paint our nightstands that were a wood base and I want to make sure it lasts…

      Miss you guys!

      • October 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm

        Hey Krystin!! Miss you too!

        On this piece I used an oil-based enamel paint and it’s a really durable finish on it’s own. If you try an oil enamel like this, use disposable brushes/rollers, make sure to wear a mask and have adequate ventilation when you apply it, and know that it takes a few weeks to completely cure. I’ve also used normal latex/acrylic paint and then either brushed on some clear polycrylic or spray painted on a coat of clear lacquer over top. I haven’t tried everything out there, but that’s what’s worked for me so far!

    2. Cathy Moncrief
      October 17, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Love it!!!!

    3. Kelsy W
      October 17, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Love the vanity 🙂 I also love the mint blue colors!! It does not look like a rental at all!

    4. Aunt Robin
      October 17, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Love the decorating! I liked seeing the paint in the hallway from the bathroom.

    5. Marlys Stellingwerf
      October 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      if you decided not to use it for a vanity, could you put a couple shelves under the drawer and use it for towels and, etc?

      • October 18, 2014 at 10:15 am

        I did think about doing that! But right now I probably won’t though because knowing that we’ll be moving, I think it’ll be more versatile in our next home as a small console table or desk. But maybe I’ll change my mind…that happens often enough 🙂

    6. jess
      October 18, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Your new vanity looks amazing with the paint and the wood pieces on the sides! Love it!

    7. Alyssa
      October 20, 2014 at 10:48 am

      I LOVE those drawer pulls. If you end up replacing them, please mail them to me! Adorable. The color is fabulous. Always have loved that bathroom and your perfectly coincidental curtain 🙂

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