Turn a Thrift Store Plant Stand into a Drink Table

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Turn a thrift store plant stand into a beautiful drink table with spray paint, a saucer, and a pretty floral dish.

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This time of the year, we love hanging out on the back patio. It's a regular thing for us to have an evening cocktail to catch up on the day while we grill out. It's so easy to get into a casual routine when you are an empty nester.

My favorite thrift store these days is our local Home with a Heart. The prices and selection are fabulous. If you want it you'd better not think. It's gotten popular so you'd better not hesitate.

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This month's project is insanely simple. It's definitely a beginner-level DIY.

This project cost me $2…..the price of the plant stand.

Everything else, I had on hand.

You may enjoy this very similar project that I did years ago with a larger plant stand and tray.

Turn a Thrift Store Plant Stand into a Drink Table

The supplies and the instructions are minimal and simple.

The spray paint mentioned below in the supplies list is my favorite for outdoor use.

Supplies Used

  • Thrift store plant stand
  • rag
  • drop cloth or cardboard
  • risers or blocks of wood
  • spray paint
  • container saucer to fit top if needed to level
  • decorative salad plate
  • utility knife
  • optional E6000 adhesive


Below you will find the steps to complete this simple and quick DIY!

Step 1

rag to clean table

Clean the piece thoroughly with something like Dawn dish soap and water with a rag. Let it completely dry before painting.

Step 2

before of table top

I needed to remove the broken strips of bamboo and plastic cording holding them in place.

utility knife on table

I used my utility knife to remove the old bamboo and plastic.

Step 3

metal plant stand to be painted

Since this was a small piece, I didn't use a drop cloth. A piece of scrap cardboard worked perfectly.

Scrap wood makes a great riser so that you can really get the bottom painted.

can of spray paint

This is my favorite spray paint for outdoor use. I use it on my wrought iron furniture as well as smaller pieces like this plant stand.

Paint a coat straight up and down.

Then flip the stand and paint it upside down to get all of the crevices.

Lastly, you will want to flip it right side up for one last spray.

Let it dry thoroughly.

Step 4

Now it is time to layer the pieces to create the drink table.

You could totally secure the pieces permanently to the stand with E6000.

I decided not to do this so that I could change up the look with dishes or even use it as a plant stand or holder for a citronella candle.

metal plant stand

I love to layer pieces. I also found that with this particular table, it added a bit of stability.

wood piece on table

I picked up this wooden butter churn top at the thrift store many years ago. I use it all the time as a riser for flowers and candles.

drink on a table

I then placed a pretty dish on the top to rest my favorite sparkling water.

drink table by chair

I cannot wait for this hydrangea to explode with blooms! Excuse a little wetness on the cushions. We had a rain shower recently.

outdoor firepit

You will find me out here most evenings. We have really had some chilly evenings lately.

drink table on patio

Let me take a moment to share these fabulous solar lanterns! I bought the large and medium sizes. They have a beautiful glow in the evening. I LOVE that there are no glass or plastic panels to clean. It makes them so much easier to use.

drink table with beverage

Don't have a wooden butter churn top? An 8-inch terra cotta saucer worked perfectly!

drink table by wicker chair

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Overall, this DIY project is a fun and inexpensive way to add a touch of charm to your outdoor space. Plus, it's the perfect solution for hosting friends and family and entertaining in style! Choosing a bright floral dish that suits your style preference helps make the plant stand to feel extra special. It adds the perfect spark of personality to finish off this creative project. Don't be afraid to experiment with colors and accents until you find the one that feels most ‘you'. There are plenty of options out there so explore away! How about you – which tabletop option do you prefer?

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Christy has been creating content for Our Southern Home since 2012. She has been featured in numerous print and online publications. Her classic, eclectic design approach spans her home and fashion style. Christy has a way of mixing store-bought with thrift store, antique and vintage finds. As a recent empty nester, she is having fun navigating this new stage of life. Read more about Christy HERE. Be sure to subscribe below. You can also contact me HERE.

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