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Repurposed Furniture: Turn a Bass Drum into a Coffee Table!

Hey friends! Have you ever had a project that seems ever-evolving? Well, this is definitely one of them! It all started with a marching band bass drum that my friend Jodi gave to me (free is the best, right?!). Unfortunately, I got it so long ago that this is the best before picture I have of it:

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Yes, it had a beautiful purple/blue wrap! I took the wrap off (it's basically a plastic cover that goes around the drum) and then painted the wood underneath. (For more info on how to remove a drum wrap, check out my DIY drum side table tutorial.)

I even gave you guys a sneak peek a longgg time ago:

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I left the hardware and the rims of the drum the original white color because it has so much character:

Repurposed Furniture: Turn a Bass Drum into a Coffee Table!

Since redoing it, I've used the drum as the base of a repurposed Christmas tree, and then I added a few details to make it what it is now: a coffee table!

I loved the way the drum looked painted, so I just wanted to add a piece of glass to the top. The drum was well-loved, though, so it had some rough-looking drum heads (the plastic part that the drummer hits when they're playing):

Repurposed Furniture: Turn a Bass Drum into a Coffee Table!

I was going to replace them, but they're rather expensive! My next idea: cover it with sheet music!

Repurposed Furniture: Turn a Bass Drum into a Coffee Table!

You can glue the sheet music down with adhesive, but I decided to just arrange it on top in case I ever change my mind (which, let's face it: that's bound to happen). I found my sheet music at a thrift store, but I know you can find it online as well. 

Then, my friend Brooke cut a piece of glass for me at her job, and BAM... it was complete! I paired this cutie with the infamous orange sofa (star of Crystal Padilla Music's Orange Sofa Sessions haha!).

Repurposed Furniture: Turn a Bass Drum into a Coffee Table!

Repurposed Furniture: Turn a Bass Drum into a Coffee Table!

Repurposed Furniture: Turn a Bass Drum into a Coffee Table!

Repurposed Furniture: Turn a Bass Drum into a Coffee Table!

Repurposed Furniture: Turn a Bass Drum into a Coffee Table!

Isn't it what dreams are made of!?

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.TManic Monday at Serendipity and SpiceWhat's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny SackWeekend Warrior Mondays at Ask AnnaMotivate Me Monday at Keeping it SimpleTuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a HousewifeTrash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's KornerWednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and Jellybeans;  Under $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket FenceWow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern StyleThursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at DomesblissityCatch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse InsideHookin' Up With House of HepworthsTransformation Thursday at Shabby Creek CottageEverything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick KnackFriday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant LifeFeature Friday at Blissful and DomesticA Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea PartiesTickled Pink at 504 Main;  Friday Frolic at Pocket Full of PinkWeekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello;  Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity NowFrugal Friday at the Shabby NestFunctional Friday at The Not So Functional HousewifeInspire Me Please at Liz MarieFurniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy ClutterHead to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop CraftingFunky Junk's Saturday Night SpecialGet Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My HandsSunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap TimeSunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and DreamingThink Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

(Disclosure: Paint Couture™sent me products to try in exchange for this post. Even so, all opinions are my own.)

It's been such a long time since I posted a DIY craft project, and I'm so excited to share this one with you guys! A few months ago, I attended a Paint Couture™ painting workshop through my job at Hodge Podge and was totally impressed by the paint line and the other products they carry. Some of my favorites were the Couture Crust and the Couture Crackle! I decided to put them to the test with a fun recycling project! This recycled planter project is perfect for spring / summer gardening, too!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

How To Do It:

1. Clean your coffee canisters (or other recycled container). Let dry.

2. Put on the Paint Couture™ Crust. This is super easy to do -- you can put it on with a brush, trowel, roller, or your hands. I did one container with random spots and the other all over. I let mine dry for 24 hours.

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

(Side note: Paint Couture™ Crust can be tinted with Paint Couture™ paint, too!)

3. Paint your recycled containers! I painted mine with Paint Couture™ Angelic. I did two coats of paint on the red container and only one on the other.

4. Once my paint was dry for 24 hours, I applied the Couture Size -- this is the first step in the two step crackle process. You can apply it with a brush or roller. Once my first coat was dry, I went back and randomly applied a second coat in some areas. You will see in the after pictures that doing this produces different sizes of crackle -- small and large. I like doing this so it looks less uniform.

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

3. Once the Couture Size has dried 1-4 hours, apply the Couture Crackle. You can also apply this with a brush or roller. The great thing about this crackle is that it crackles itself -- that may sound silly, but I just mean that it doesn't crackle the paint underneath. This is great for this project in particular because I don't want to see the red from my container coming through.

4. Wait 8-10 hours for the Couture Crackle to work it's magic! You'll barely be able to see the crackle, but as soon as you apply the glaze, it pops! I used Paint Couture™ Zinc Glaze over the crackle. I simply applied it with a brush and then wiped off the excess with a cloth. Make sure you work in sections so it doesn't dry before you can wipe it off.

5. Make small holes in the bottom of your container for water to flow out. You can make holes with a drill, or with a nail and hammer. You can do this step at the beginning, too, but I forgot until the very end!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

6. Put your plants inside!

Drum roll please... here are the recycled containers now:

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!
DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

The Red Container:

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!
DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

The Metal Container:

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!
DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!
DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

Sorry for all of the photos, but I just wanted to capture the aged awesomeness! Now, if I could just keep these plants alive! As I've shared before, my home is where plants go to die.

What do you think!? What would you create with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle?


Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;

DIY Furniture Projects: Upcycle a Stool into an Awesome Stenciled Table (+ a giveaway!)

Between my paisley drum table and paisley painted cedar chest, it's no secret that I love stencils! They add personality, color, and just happiness to any piece of furniture or room. After receiving a new stencil to review from Cutting Edge Stencils called the Charlotte Allover Stencil, I planned out an awesome project in my head. And then, I found out that I'm moving. I'm holding on to that project idea for my next house, but for now, I'm trying out some incredible furniture projects with the stencil!

My first project:

DIY Furniture Projects: Upcycle a Stool into an Awesome Stenciled Table

I started with an old stool (I ripped off the yucky foam/cover) and a tray that I found at a thrift store:
DIY Furniture Projects: Upcycle a Stool into an Awesome Stenciled Table

What You Will Need:

1. Two colors of paint. I used black spray paint and white latex paint.

2. Your favorite Cutting Edge Stencil!

3. Painter's tape

4. A small foam roller. You can find lots of stencil supplies on the Cutting Edge Stencil website!

How To Do It:

1. Spray paint your stool base.

2. If your tray needs to be painted, paint it too! Mine was originally plain wood, and I painted it black a long time ago.

3.  Get your paint ready. I'm all high class around here, so I used two foam plates -- one for the paint and another to roll out any excess paint. I like to roll off the excess before painting over my stencil because it helps prevent bleed-through.

DIY Furniture Projects: Upcycle a Stool into an Awesome Stenciled Table



4.  Arrange the stencil on your tray.

DIY Furniture Projects: Upcycle a Stool into an Awesome Stenciled Table
5. I realized that mine wasn't going to lay completely flat because of the raised edge on my tray, so I had to tape it down with painter's tape.

DIY Furniture Projects: Upcycle a Stool into an Awesome Stenciled Table

6. Once I painted the middle portion of the stencil, I removed one piece of painter's tape at a time, pressed the stencil down, and painted that section with my foam roller. Ideally, try to choose a tray or piece of wood that doesn't have a raised edge. The stencil is much easier to use if you have a flat surface. Here's what it looked like once I was finished painting:

DIY Furniture Projects: Upcycle a Stool into an Awesome Stenciled Table
7. After the paint dried, I decided to sand over it a bit to distress it. I wanted it to look like an old doily.

8. Attach your tray to the stool. You can screw the tray to the top of the stool, or you can use an industrial strength glue. I chose to use the industrial strength glue because I didn't want to see screws on the top of my table. Oh and don't forget to measure and center your tray on the stool!

Now it's finished! What do you think?!

DIY Furniture Projects: Upcycle a Stool into an Awesome Stenciled Table
DIY Furniture Projects: Upcycle a Stool into an Awesome Stenciled Table
DIY Furniture Projects: Upcycle a Stool into an Awesome Stenciled Table

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Disclosure: I received a free stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils in exchange for this review and giveaway. All opinions are my own.  

Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;