After selling our guest bed and rearranging some furniture, I was motivated to continue making an efficient use of our space and create a plant bench in our bedroom. Thom's desk had taken up a large corner of the room but now that we moved his desk into the spare room, the space was left blank and ineffective. Plus, most of our house plants stay huddled together in our living room area and I'd have to say that I've grown a small jungle. It wasn't until Thom commented on the growing amount of foliage, that I really saw the plant-like clutter. So I decided to create a cheap and DIY project for hosting our plants.
Half way through my Fall semester I was denounced by a professor for shooting still life on faux wood. To solve the problem, I went to Ikea and bought a pack of two 47"x14" pine boards, some stain, brushes, and semi-gloss all totaling around $25. I went out to the back area of my apartment complex with heavy tools, hammers and chains and beat the hell out of the boards. Then I put a few coats of stain and gloss on them. You might remember these boards from some of my later still life work here:
After using the boards for a few more shoots, I would just store them away in a closet. Now that the semester is over, I find that they are just taking up space. Turning them into plant benches was a no-brainer since they were the perfect dimensions.
Flat plates are so easy and convenient. After screwing in the plates, I simply twisted in the legs. Instant table!
As for the total cost and time? Here's my breakdown:
Inital wooden board cost and materials:
-(2) 47"x14" Boards: $12
-Stain, gloss and brushes: $13
Bench Supplies and materials:
-(8) Waddell 16" Bench Legs: $40
-(8) Waddell flat plates: $20
-Rustoleum Classic White Spray Paint: $4
Total cost: $89 for two benches and only two days worth of time and effort. Since I'm satisfied and happy with the outcome, I would have to say that this was a successful DIY project.