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Patio Table With Succulent Planter

Succulents are hot right now, as is the practice of hacking standard kit furniture into customized decor. This project combines these two trends in one half-day project. Give an inexpensive outdoor wooden table a creative new look by fitting it with galvanized-steel mud pans (used to hold drywall joint compound). Turn the mud pans into planters by drilling holes in them, then filling them with easy-care succulents. By taking advantage of the table’s slat construction and designing around the crosswise supports, the table doesn’t lose structural integrity. The keys to this perfectly planted project are to choose a table similar to the one here and to measure the planter openings carefully before cutting the slats.
  • Photo by Jacob Fox

    Patio Cocktail Table Materials

    ›› Wooden outdoor table with slat construction

    ›› 2 galvanized-steel mud pans

    ›› Measuring tape or ruler

    ›› Eye and ear protection

    ›› Jigsaw

    ›› Drill and 1/8-inch drill bit

    ›› 12 hardy succulent plants in small pots (Sempervivum and trailing Sedum)

    ›› Potting soil formulated for cacti and succulents

    Date Published: December 19, 2016
    Date Updated: January 30, 2017
  • Step 1: Mark Cutouts

    Assemble the table according to directions. Turn one of the mud pans over and align the long edge of the pan evenly with the edge of the table’s center support section. Use a pencil to trace the long edge of the pan that is opposite the center support—this marks the width of the top of the pan.

    Date Published: December 19, 2016
    Date Updated: January 30, 2017
  • Step 2: Measure Hole

    Cut a hole in the tabletop that is smaller than the dimension of the top of the mud pan so the pan can drop part way into the hole. Measure at least ½ inch inside the original pencil line to create a cutting line. The edge of the center support will be the cutting line for the opposite side—the pan will drop in between them. Check your measurements carefully, and avoid cutting through hardware under the table.

    Date Published: December 19, 2016
    Date Updated: January 30, 2017
  • Step 3: Cut Hole in Table

    Wearing eye and ear protection, start at one end of the cutting line you drew in Step 2, slip the jigsaw blade between the slats, and start cutting directly on the line. Use firm even pressure to saw straight through your cutting line and the slats.

    Date Published: December 19, 2016
    Date Updated: January 30, 2017
  • Step 4: Saw Next Side

    Saw the other side of the hole, using the edge of the center support as your cutting line and being careful not to over-cut.

    Date Published: December 19, 2016
    Date Updated: January 30, 2017
  • Step 5: Drill Drainage Holes

    Drill evenly spaced drainage holes into the bottom of both mud pans with the ½-inch bit. Be patient—it will take a while to bore through the pan.

    Date Published: December 19, 2016
    Date Updated: January 30, 2017
  • Photo by Jacob Fox

    Step 6: Plant Succulents

    Plant the succulents, adding potting soil as needed, and drop the planted mud pans into the holes.

    As a bonus—now that the table can hold the standard mud pans, you can pop all kinds of things in them. Pick up a couple of extra mud pans and use them to hold ice for drinks, napkins and flatware, or a floral arrangement.

    Date Published: December 19, 2016
    Date Updated: January 30, 2017

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