Last weekend The Husband and I were having our coffee-time and somehow we ended up talking about rebar and wood slices. I suspect that topic of conversation isn’t the norm, but give The Husband and I a pot of coffee and an hour of before-sunrise time on the porch and you wouldn’t believe all the mischief we can come up with!
By the time we’d finished our third cuppa we’d come up with a plan for these rustic wood pedestals!
I’m in pre-planning mode for our big Family-Fall-Party and I’ve been thinking about rustic risers, or pedestals for the table…
This couldn’t be simpler. All ya need is a slice of wood from a tree stump. (We got our stump at a lumber store Peachstate Lumber (a great Distribution Yard of Furniture Grade Hardwoods, Softwoods and plywood), but you could easily get a tree stump from a firewood or tree service.)
Here’s the 411!
DIY Rustic Wood Pedestal
For the medium pedestal(*the stump we were working with is 9″ in diameter) you need 4 pieces of 1/2″ rebar, 7″ long. I got mine at The Home Depot in the cement aisle, it was cut in 2 foot pieces which is manageable 🙂
(Cut the rebar with a jigsaw using a metal cutting blade or a hack saw)
Our tree stump is 9 inches around. Make 4 marks equally spaced- about 1 & 1/2 inches from the edge.
With a 1/2″ drill bit, drill holes at a 45% angle in the direction of the arrows..
We inserted the rebar to make sue it fit without hammering it all the way in, while it was temporarily in, The Husband used a grinder to round off the sharp edges. You can use a metal file if you don’t have a grinder!
After we filed down the ends of the rebar and removed it from the wood, I sanded the slab, rounding the edges and smoothing out the top and bottom. Then I treated the wood with food safe mineral oil, like you’d use on cutting boards…
For the legs you could leave the rebar just as it is and have a wonderful industrial-chic look, but I love combining something shiny with something rustic. Using opposites in decorating and design gives a bit of a wow-factor.
I used a Krylon Gold Foil Metallic spray paint to paint over the rebar and it worked wonders!
When the paint dried we reinserted the rebar and used a dab of wood glue in the holes, hammering the individual legs to get the pedestal level.
A little of the paint came off while we were putting the legs in the holes, I just sprayed some paint on a cloth and touched up those places…
We made three pedestals with different size legs, so I’d be able to use them together,because you know; three is a magic number when you’re decorating most anything.
The rebar has such a wonderful texture and the gold against rustic wood is kinda wonderful I think…
We used walnut and it’s so beautiful…
I love the rustic color and character of this wood…
I’ll use these rustic pedestals for parties…
And for decorating…
I’m tickled with the way they turned out!
~Sending you love today my sweet friends~
*We’re looking for some clear tiny rubber feet for the legs…anybody know where we could find them!?
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