DIY Mid Century Modern Plant Stand for Indoor and Outdoor

Mid Century Modern Plant Stand – This MCM contemporary plant stand project started out as an experiment. I wished to check ‘gluing’ a laser published pattern onto timber with Polycrylic instead of the extra usual Mod Podge approach. At the beginning, I had various other ideas for the last item but it promptly transformeded into a completed mid-century styled plant stand with the creative concept of including some difficult plastic hangers cut to size for legs.

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Angie as well as I such as the Mid Century style. Me, being on the unpopular side, like the atomic MCM prints particularly and also I wanted to find a simple way to get a repetitive atom pattern into some timber. Patterns and also paint would certainly be too difficult and time consuming. The idea is to publish out a picture with our black as well as white laser printer and also ‘glue’ it into timber. Lots of DIYers use Mod Podge to connect paper on timber, however I’ve read that it can soften, turn yellow in prolonged sunlight and also stay ugly. Polycrylic is used to protect wood furnishings, will certainly not yellow over time and also dries out to a smooth, difficult finish.

Mid Century Plant Stand

Midcentury Plant Stand

So, the experiment starts. Note, I wound up making two plant stands due to the fact that the first was turning out so well and also I desired much better pictures of the process. The initial one was done totally out of whack from this message since the plant stand suggestion hadn’t pertain to us yet.

There are lots of MCM patterns available on the net for acquisition and while I simulated many of them, I decided to earn my own utilizing the totally free as well as open source Inkscape Vector Graphics program. It’s offered for Windows, Mac as well as Linux (I utilize the Linux variation; did I mention I’m a bit unpopular? ).

Midcentury Plant Stand

I won’t explain of just how I made the patterns as there ready composed tutorials and youtube video clips to assist you start if you’re not familiar with the Inkscape software program. The initial is an atomic pattern and also the 2nd is a lines and also dots pattern. There are PDF’s listed below which could be published on 8 1/2 ″ x 11 ″ (letter) paper or 8 1/2 ″ x 14 ″ (legal) paper.

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For the Polycrylic “gluing” process described in this message, the pattern needs to be published on a printer. We tried this with Inkjet printed paper as well as it did not work. Mid Century Modern Plant Stand

The boomerang shape is prominent as well as appears typically in MCM style. In Inkscape, I made a boomerang form that fits on 8 1/2 ″ x 11 ″ paper, after that published and cutout the shape to make use of as a layout for reducing the timber. The place of the leg openings is likewise marked on the layout.

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The paper theme was intermediary and traced onto a scrap item of 3/4 ″ thick MDF. At this point, the plant stand concept had not pertain to us yet and also I was lucky to have selected the 3/4 ″ thick wood which is had to hold the plastic wall mount legs. Mid Century Modern Plant Stand

I reduced the shape out with our bandsaw but it should be possible to cut it out with a scroll saw or jig saw. I had a little problem cutting the rounded sides of the boomerang form and found it helpful to cut straight lines from the external (scrap) side in to the boomerang edge. After that, as I cut out the form, the tiny items would certainly remove as well as not scrub on the blade as the piece was turned.MCM Plant Stand Cutting Traced Outline with bandsaw

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MCM Plant Stand Cutting Traced Outline Finished CuttingWith the cutout ended up, I utilized our hand sander with 80 grit sandpaper to tidy up the cut side edge, then 220 grit manually to ravel the leading surface and also edge. MDF isn’t really my preferred but for this experiment I figured it would be great (and cost-free because it was scrap from a remodel job). I locate that the bits in MDF tend to befall on the cut sides and also leave tiny holes so timber putty was utilized to supply a smooth clean edge. You could most likely stay clear of the putty with a piece of real wood.

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As I discussed before, the plant stand idea came later after I had actually finished the top of one wood piece. Considering the finished leading Angie stated “suppose you use a plastic wall mount to make hairpin legs?” BRILLIANT! We held the completed top beside a hanger as well as decided the legs looked efficient about 5 ″ long. Mid Century Modern Plant Stand

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I determined 5 1/2 ″ (extra 1/2 ″ enters into the timber) from the corner of a hanger and also reduced the plastic with a pair of pliers. Towards the center of pliers there’s generally a sharp edge to permit reducing. After that, I utilized this first leg to note the staying wall mount for the various other legs and also reduce them. The cut ends were fined sand to remove any kind of plastic burrs. One plant stand needs two plastic hangers for a trine legs. We picked white to match the black as well as white pattern.

Mid Century Modern Plant Stand

Making holes for the legs is the trickiest component of the task. I considered drilling them one at a time yet instead decided making a jig from scrap timber. This assisted to place the openings in the right area and maintain the exact same angle on each set. The jig isn’t required if you desire upright (90 level) holes for the legs or if you have a steady accurate hand to pierce angled openings. If you desire even more information on how I made my jig, I created a PDF with instructions.

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With my openings significant and also pierce bit deepness set, I secured the timber to the workbench and also pierced the holes at approximately a 73 level angle, quiting when the tape touched the piece.MCM Plant Stand Leg Drilling Animated

On the very first plant stand, I did two layers of brush on white guide as well as one layer of semi-gloss white paint, fining sand in between each coat. For the 2nd, I took the very easy course and used to cover the whole piece and let it dry over night. After that I did a layer of on the side and bottom. There was a little bit of black over spray on the white guide top as you can see below, but that’s ok. The printed paper pattern (claim that 3 times fast) covers it fine.MCM Plant Stand Primed and Painted

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I published my patterns on ordinary white 8 1/2 ″ x 11 ″ paper on our black as well as white printer. Inkjet printers might help this yet I don’t have one to evaluate it out. I’m unsure if the inkjet printed picture would hemorrhage when utilizing the Polycrylic. The laser published image is merged with heat into the paper as well as does not hemorrhage in any way. If you don’t have a printer, you could have the pattern published at a regional printing shop on a printer.

Please upload a remark if you attempt this with an Inkjet printer, I would like to listen to the outcomes. Update Mar 28, 2017: for a future project we had a pattern printed on a broad layout (24 × 36) inkjet printer at a regional print shop and tested a piece of scrap removed from it. Regrettably, it did not work well at all. Turns out, paper for inkjet printers has an unique covering in order to help the ink soak in and remain on the paper. This covering created the Polycrylic to soak in and also exceedingly wrinkle/bubble the paper. So, this procedure will just deal with a laser printer and paper created for printer.

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I cut the pattern with scissors in the shape of the boomerang leading leaving about 1/2 ″ additional. After that I held the pattern and wood piece up so that light would radiate through the paper. This assisted to line up the pattern on the wood.MCM Plant Stand Aligning Printed Pattern 1I applied stress to the paper all the way around the outdoors side to wrinkle it which assists to align the pattern on the Polycrylic. Mid Century Modern Plant Stand

MCM Plant Stand Aligning Printed Pattern 2Next, I set the paper aside as well as used a generous layer of Polycrylic to the top side of the wood boomerang. I set the paper on the Polycrylic and straightened the pattern utilizing my creases at the outer side. Then I utilized a brayer roller to smooth out the paper into the timber and also get rid of any type of bubbles.

You could also use a plastic paint scraper or old bank card to smooth it out, simply be careful not to tear the wet paper.MCM Plant Stand Polycrylic AnimationWhen the paper was established, I thoroughly got the piece and cleaned up the Polycrylic which had actually exuded out the sides and also made use of that excess to coat the side edge.MCM Plant Stand Polycrylic Edge CleanupI let it completely dry for a couple of hours, then it was time to cut off the excess paper.

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I positioned the piece pattern side down on a self-healing reducing floor covering and also used a razor blade to very carefully cut the paper.MCM Plant Stand Pattern TrimmingMCM Plant Stand Pattern TrimmedWith the paper cut off, I extremely gently fined sand the side. To obtain the smoothest surface, Polycrylic should be fined sand between layers. Next, I applied another coat sideways and also the initial coat in addition to the pattern. MCM Plant Stand Polycrylic Top CoatI did three layers total on the top, sanding extremely gently in between each. After the first coat, the paper edge was a bit harsh yet the mild sanding as well as subsequent layers provide it a smooth yet sharp edge.

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Finally, the legs were attached using E6000 adhesive. I squeezed a small amount inside each leg opening and also used a toothpick to smear it around. The legs fit well in each opening and the unwanted that exuded out was cleaned up with a paper towel.MCM Plant Stand Glue Hanger Legs 1MCM Plant Stand Glue Hanger Legs 2To inspect the security of the legs after the adhesive was completely dry, I established some weights on the plant stand. On carpet, the stand had no worry with 20 extra pounds of weight. On a smooth surface area like ceramic tile or hardwood, 10 pounds was the max prior to the legs began to slip exterior, yet they held the weight. Quite tough for some economical plastic hangers!MCM Plant Stand with Weights

I ‘d state the ‘experiment’ was a success! The plant stands appearance wonderful, don’t you assume? Utilizing Polycrylic to ‘glue’ and also secure paper on timber functioned excellent and might be made use of for many other tasks. What jobs would certainly you utilize them on? Mid Century Modern Plant Stand

Vanessa from Gardening In The Shade shared a number of fantastic jobs utilizing our patterns. The first job is along the very same lines as our plant stand yet utilizes a clay pot. The various other includes utilizing the pattern in a sewing task!

Mid Century Modern Plant Stand

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