HOW TO TRANSFORM A SAD CURB-SHOPPED PLANT STAND INTO A MARBLE BEAUTY USING A FUN PAINT POURING TECHNIQUE!
Today is an exciting day my friends! It’s my first official Trash To Treasure makeover with the talented T2T crew! For those of you visiting for the very first time, a BIG WARM WELCOME! To my #sifamily, we’ll be joining these creative ladies on the second Tuesday of each month. I’m thrilled to have been asked to join because I take transforming trash seriously. Okay, maybe ‘seriously’ isn’t the right word, but I get a serious HIGH when I curb-shop something with potential! 😉 I taught myself how to paint furniture with curb-finds …and years later, breathing life into something trash bound is still my favorite kind of makeover!
As luck would have it, I was asked to join T2T on a Tuesday and two days later, while taking my morning walk with Gidgy, I spotted this sad-looking plant stand in the snow. It was missing the third leg but the rest of it was in pretty good shape.
Check out the difference some hairpin legs and a fun marble pour painting technique can do!
What do you think? Doesn’t this paint pour finish look like marble?!
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- Bombay Plant Stand – SALVAGED
- Mini Angle Paint Brush
- BIN Shellac Primer
- Sandpaper | Shop Towels
- Water Misting Spray Bottle
- 8-inch HairPin Legs
- Silver Bullet
- Coffee Bean
- Gator Hide Topcoat
HOW TO: MARBLE POUR PAINTING
STEP 1 – CLEAN
An #sifamily member reached out this week asking me what my go-to cleaning supplies are. I have 3 spray bottles. One filled with 50/50 vinegar-water mix for projects that are not ‘that’ dirty. I have another spray bottle filled with TSP + water for heavy-duty cleaning. I can never remember the ratio so I read the direction every time, but very little is needed. My third spray bottle is plain tap water for rinsing. I spray and use a large car sponge to wipe off the dirt. Spray and repeat until the sponge comes out clean. Then spray with the clean water to remove any residue. For this plant stand, TSP and water was used.
STEP 2 – INSTALL HAIRPIN LEGS
After removing the pedestal and legs, I measured and drilled three 8″ hairpin legs onto the backside of the plantstand top. I’ve kept the pedestal and 2 legs because I’ll find another use for them on another project.
STEP 3 – PRIME
I primed the top with BIN Shellac Primer.
STEP 4 – PREPARE PAINTS FOR THE POUR
For this marble look, you can go as light or dark as you like. I picked more contrasting colors and also added in some Silver Bullet metallics for interest. Each color was mixed separately (in a plastic cup) with equal amounts of Floetrol. This Flotrol helps the paint move around and gives the paint extra time to settle and lay flat.
STEP 5 – COMBINE COLORS
In a new plastic cup, I combined my paint layering one color on top of another. I started by pouring in the Cotton, then added some silver metallic, and finally some Coffee Bean and finishing with the Cotton.
STEP 6 – POUR THE PAINT
Now for the fun. I poured the paint onto the plant stand top and let it glide and slide while tipping it back and forth making sure the entire top was covered — including the sides. I did a pour painting video on some Christmas Ornaments. This is the exact same process but on a larger and flatter surface. Once I was happy with the look, I set it down and let it dry overnight.
STEP 7 – TOPCOAT / PROTECT
Because I’m going to use this for ‘live’ plants which will need watering, I used this topcoat. Gator Hide is not only water-resistant (like most topcoats) but it’s actually waterproof. This way if I have any watering mishaps, I know my marble plant stand is 100% protected.
And here’s the finished look!
I’m not sure I’ll be keeping this plant or plant holder on this stand but regardless of what plant I decide to use it for, it adds a lot of character! It’s also really heavy duty for larger plants if that’s what I choose to use.
And now for some more fun! Don’t forget my Trash To Treasure friends are sharing their favorite T2T makeovers today too!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this creative team of girls do. Below are their BEFORE photos so feel free to visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and how they did it! I’ll meet you there. I’m heading over to take a peek myself! x
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LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS ‘MARBLE POUR PAINTED’ PLANT STAND … OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
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Hi Denise, I love this marble look! Not sure if it’s as simple to do as it looks?! I have some large letters I need to paint, would this method work with my letters or only a more flat surface like this?
If the letters are large enough (ample surface to create a marble effect) I think it would work… and look amazing!
Becky Moreno says
Just found your blog. Love the marble painting technique!
Hi Becky… WELCOME and thank you!
I just came across your blog and am loving the content so far, thank you so much for sharing! It would be wonderful if you can do a tutorial on how you did this exact marble pour – it looks absolutely amazing! It would be very helpful for first-time folks like me.
Hi Amy and WELCOME! So happy you’re loving the content/tutorials. I did this exact same paint pour technique on these Christmas Ornaments which you may find helpful and also a quick clip here on Pinterest. Hope this helps. 🙂
This technique is so amazing, I cant believe it looks like real marble. What a great substitution especially because marble besides being expensive is heavy. What did you do edges as the paint dripped? Did you just wipe the excess or let it drip until dry?
Thanks! Yes, the edges were created by letting it drip off the edge.
Wow Denise, can’t say I’m a fan of the poured paint look, however, I love this one, with the muted tones, hairpin legs. & how it really does look like marble. You aced it and saved it from the landfill. Again thanks for sharing the technique.
Ya, it’s certainly not for everyone but love it or hate it, it’s pretty amazing what you can do with paint, right!? MMM who works with marble, granite, etc was even impressed with this finish so that says alot..lol
Hi Denise. This plant stand is stunning. Your marble paint pour technique looks so authentic. I can’t believe it started out as a broken down table meant for the trash. Truly a trash to treasure re-do!
Yaaay! I’m pretty impressed with how authentic the marble looks too! And it’s such a fun process. Messy but fun! 😉
What a great idea adding hairpin legs to that sad little table. The paint pour is fabulous and it looks so good repurposed as a plant stand! I’ll never look at a table with missing legs the same after seeing this.
Thanks Marie! Now the trick is to keep the plant alive! LOL
So…think I can do the marble look on a bathroom vanity that’s sporting a hairline crack? No way to tip it. 🤣
Hi Felicia! Ya, I’m not sure how you would do this on a flat surface that can’t be maneuvered?? But what a great idea, right! With the proper sealant/topcoat, it would look amazing!
Just gorgeous. Love the legs and love the top. Pouring has been on my bucket list for a couple of years now. Maybe this will inspire me to do a small project~ Thanks for sharing.
Hi Lis and thank you! It’s so much fun so I hope you give it a try!
Jen @ Girl in the Garage says
This is so fun and creative! I love how this project turned out Denise. What a great save for your curbside rescue (and so happy to have you join our T2T group)!
Thank you, Jen! Glad you like the makeover and SUPER excited to have been asked to join. Thank YOU! XOXO
These legs are perfect and matched so well! What a big transformation 💕 love the marble technique . 🤗
Thanks my friend! Love your new black pieces btw. Your client is going to LOVE them! 🙂
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
So thrilled to have you as part of the crew! 🙂 And I’m loving those hairpin legs and that super cool finish. I love that effect. xoxo
Thanks so much, Nancy! Thanks for the welcome and I’m SO HAPPY to take part and see what you all create every month! XOXO
Loved the project!
Where is a good place to find hairpin legs?
Thanks, Glenda! 🙂 I’ve included a link under “supplies” or you can find them online here! Hope this helps. 🙂
Welcome !! So glad you are here w/ all these wonderful crafty women. 😉
TtoT is a post I look forward to each month. Creative and inspiring !
Your artistic eye and gorgeous results will be a nice addition to this group with shear talent.
Thank YOU and thanks for the warm welcome. I’m thrilled to have been asked! XO
Christy James says
This looks absolutely amazing, Denise!! I love this so much and looks so good with the new hairpin legs! I had to laugh when you said you get a serious HIGH when you curb-shop something with potential…that is SO me ha ha! Thrilled to have you as part of our T2T crew!! XOXO
Thanks my friend.:) And I appreciate the warm welcome more than you know. I’m SUPER happy to be creating with all of you! XOXO
Cheryl Atkinson says
Hi Denise! I am so glad you joined the T2T team. I never miss it and you know how much i love your work! This paint pour is awesome. Is it a messy process? Thank you for sharing because if i ever decide to try it i can just find this post on your blog. Have a wonderful day!
Hi Cheryl!!! 😀 It’s super messy and super fun…lol. x
This is great! I have a very similar table in my stash…right down to the missing leg! Now I know what to do with it! Thank you for the inspiration!
Hi Donna! So happy this has sparked some ideas for your table. And what’s with these missing legs, right?! 😉
Love your blog! I recently saw a piece of furniture that I loved, and can only describe it as an alligator paint finish. I can’t find anyone that can tell me how to do it! Can you share your expertise on this? I have learned so much from your posts, and appreciate every one.
Thanks so much!!
Hi Ranell and thank YOU!! I achieved an alligator paint finish here. Hopefully, that will help you out! 🙂
Welcome to my favorite thing to do on Tuesday mornings – T2T!! I’ve followed you for a while now, but it’ll be nice to see you on Tuesdays as well!
This is a great little table, and such a great idea to add the hairpin legs. (of course you saved those discarded ones!) i’m curious if you had a formula for placement of the 3 legs. it seems like some math had to be involved!
it’s a beautiful piece, and i’ve already learned so much from you!
Hi Gwen and thank you! x I didn’t have a ‘real’ formula for the leg placement. I made sure the foot of the hairpin leg was even with the top (didn’t stick out more than the top) and then placed the 3 legs equally apart and all the same distance from the edge. I’m not sure there’s a right and wrong way of doing it so long as it looks good to you. 🙂
Cecilia from Georgia says
Denise, so happy to have you join the T2T gals! I love the pour technique and it really does look like marble! Have a great week!
Hi, my friend and thank you!! I’m so excited to have been asked to join these creative gals. 🙂 Hope your week is fabulous too… and thanks for the sweet congrats on IG! 🙂
Do Dodson says
Oh my goodness, Denise! This is fabulous. I ordered a set of hairpin legs just last week. Great minds. Love the repurpose and the paint pour. xo, Do 🙂
I have a box of hairpin legs… all different sizes because they really come in handy! Can’t wait to see what you do with yours. 🙂
Larissa Haynes says
Beautiful! So glad you could join us, Denise. Love your project. ♡♡
Thanks for the welcome Larissa! I’m super excited to be part of the T2T Crew! Have a super day. XO