Monday, February 24, 2014

Table with Succulents


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I created this amazing living table with living succulents.
This is project is something that I have been wanting to do for over a year. The one problem I had was finding the table for it. Friday afternoon a neighbor called me to tell me there was a table outside her neighbors house for free.  I had told her that I was looking for a  table like this last year. So it was such a nice surprise that she remembered . When she told me I loaded the kids all up so fast. This table is a end table that has a glass insert in the middle but I didn’t want the glass.  The table was in pretty good shape, but the hubby did tighten the strews up a bit for me.
I wasted no time getting started.   I immediately washed the table down. Then let it sit all night since it was getting dark. The next morning I checked a couple sites about refinishing a table, being that I have never done it before. Then sat down and talked with the hubby about where I would put it and the color. Then it was off to the store with the intention of painting it white, I even picked up the paint for it.

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Again I wiped the table down before putting the primer. I used white Rust-Oleum Satin Paint and Primer In One. The hubby showed me how since I have never used spray paint.  Its definitely a slow process if you wanted it to look nice and smooth. I did two coats of paint, letting it dry for 30 minutes in between each coat.

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I wanted to make sure that it dried completely so I gave it a night to dry. Then in the am I sanded it down to make sure it was super smooth. After sanding I vacuumed up the major dust, and then wiped the fine dust off using wet socks.  I got the socks slightly damp, stuck my hands in, and wiped away.

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Letting the primer dry for the night gave me time to rethink the color. I thought yellow or a rusty orange would be perfect being that I wanted it to go with a lamp that my Aunt had given Brandon and I for our
wedding. The oranges that they had in the store just weren’t the right color so I went with the yellow.  I again went with Rust-Oleum. The hubby again helped me out and set up a little paint area for me since I was doing color that way the yellow paint didn’t mist everywhere.

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I did 3 coats letting it dry between every coat. I used 3 cans of the spray paint.

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Time to finish this up today! I got 400 grit sand paper to shabby chic it, I went a little lite on it because I didn’t want to over do it.

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I mainly sanded a little on areas that would wear out naturally over time.

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I buffed the table with furniture wax to help it stay nice over time.  Now I cut my chicken wire about 7 inches wider then the hole so that it had space for the plants and soil.

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I used a staple gun to secure the chicken wire into place. Then used weed block and double layered it and placed on the chicken wire and stapled it in to place.

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Now for the super fun and exciting part- filling this table with succulents! I dumped my soil in and the arranged my plants in the soil.  I couldn’t get the arrangement exactly how I wanted it, so I removed them completely once. The second time I arranged them I loved what I came up with. I also added sticks the boys had picked up from the beach.

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I used Green Moss around the boarder so soil wouldn’t fall out in the house.  Next I added little pebbles for an accent.

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Here is a close up of some of the succulents I planted in my table.

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Here it is, my pride an joy- my living table of succulents.   I hope you enjoy this table as much as I do!
Make sure to check out my other succulent projects: Succulents, Succulents AgainSucculent Rex, Picture Prefect Succulents and Succulents with a Friend.

2 comments:

  1. Great job Ashley!!! That's one of the coolest things I've seen. What about watering? I have a black thumb :(

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    1. Succulents need very little water, you could really get by with watering them once a month and a very small amount. I put about 1 cup a month. I was thinking I could put a cookie sheet under to incase it drips through.

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