Upcycled Plant Caddy Bamboo Side Table

One of my favorite times of the month is here, Trash to Treasure Tuesday! This is a fun day where my blogger friends and I get together a few projects to inspire you. You’ll find their projects at the end of this post. For me today this pair of ornate iron plates are going to become my upcycled plant caddy project.Plant Caddy Bases Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Yet again, my dad comes to the rescue. Apparently these were my mom’s plant caddy’s that had the casters fall off. She was going to throw them away. {{gasp}} Mom!! tsk. As soon as he showed me I replied, “They’re cast iron, nuff said.”

While my first inclination was to use them as decorative garden wall art. I decided that they were too cool to just hang on the wall. There was nothing wrong with them. Each had four holes that were threaded to accept new casters if I liked. However, if you know me I tend to go overboard and really take it to a new level. mwahahaha!!

First order of business is to refresh them with a Flat Black spray paint. Typically I prefer to start my projects by spraying the bottom and then flip them to do the top.

Spray Painting Upcycled Plant Caddy Pair with RustOleum by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Once the paint has cured it was time to add some fun. Since each caddy already had threaded holes, I thought I could use a these really long threaded rods to connect them together to make a tiered table. Can you see where I’m going with this?

Threaded Rod Hardware for Plant Caddy Table | prodigalpieces.com

Only problem was that the size of the threaded openings were not standard, but no problem for me. Back in our college days we had a car that would make the most horrendous noise at one point because apparently a spark plug port had worn out threads and the spark plug would blow out. We figured out how to cautiously make a new threaded opening. By using a tap, it makes new threads and enlarges it as well. One mistake and we lose our engine, but we had no money and needed to try something. It worked!

I bought a tap the size of the rod I had and fixed my problem lickety-split. Woot!

Using a Threaded Tap to Create a New Hole | prodigalpieces.com

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Now, how to get those rods in with out hand-cranking them in because this mama ain’t got time for that. JC piped up he had seen a drill bit for driving in double threaded bolts. Yay! So I questioned the local orange home improvement store and they treated me like a stupid female (per usual when I go in there), and even the local hardware store…nothing. However, Amazon to the rescue! Found it was a hanger bolt driver, which makes perfect sense so you can drive in those bolts to hang planters and such in your ceiling, or drive in the bolts in furniture feet. I received it in two days. Gotta love Prime!

Threaded Hanger Bolt Driver Drill Bit | prodigalpieces.com

Now, here was my dilemma…I have really pretty cast iron and ugly threaded rods. Hmmm…how to hide them and keep stability…bamboo! My upcycled plant caddy was going to rock the bamboo style. haha! At the same visit to the orange home improvement store I tried to find some bamboo poles like you use to stake in your garden – nothing.

The associate told me to try WalMart, and I remembered that’s where I had gotten mine in the past. Headed over there and they were already yanking out their summer stock for fall – geesh. I was heading out the door and spied the bamboo torches and had an “aha” moment.

Bamboo Tiki Torches for Upcycled Plant Caddy Stand by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I whipped out my tape measure and began to pull out the ones that had lengths I needed and similar diameter. note: always have a tape measure handy! My kids love to see mama getting weird looks from others. pffft.

From this point, I used my coping saw to cut the bamboo and began to assemble like a crazy lady. While waiting for things to cure on my upcycled plant caddy creation, I decided to find a purpose for the remnant pieces of those torches. Nothing goes to waste around here – trust me.

Upcycle a Bamboo Tiki Torch for Garden Decor by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I cut off the bottom of the torch leaving the basket encasing the oil can. The rest of the torch would get a new purpose too – hang with me. My intention was to stand the torches upright which would require a weighted bottom. Nothing that a can of tomato sauce can’t solve, right?

Inserting Can into Torch for Weighted Bottom | prodigalpieces.com

For the other part of the torch that was left, I  pulled out the couch feet I had taken off a curbside gem. Removed those bolts with my hanger bolt driver, and made use of them.

Upcycled Couch Feet for DIY Bamboo Candlesticks | prodigalpieces.com

Are you ready to see all my insanity come to fruition? Check it out…

Upcycled Side Table Made from Cast-Off Plant Caddy's and Bamboo Torch | Repurposing Fun at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My upcycled plant caddy stand is complete and came out as I had envisioned. It was a bit of trial, but a fun challenge for me to take on. I added a double base of wooden rounds, plus a set of reclaimed casters I had in my stash. Just refreshed them with a bit of spray paint and they’re ready to roll.

Upcycled Plant Caddy Base with Casters by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Those bit of bamboo parts leftover became a fun set of candlesticks for my patio as well. See how the couch feet keep the bamboo splayed to stand up?

Upcycled Bamboo Torches Turned into Candlesticks by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Outdoor Backyard Garden Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | DIY tutorials at prodigalpieces.com

You can find the tutorial for budget-saving outdoor pillows in this post, or my DIY solar lamp too.  To see all my backyard creations and updates take a peek HERE.

The rest of the bamboo torches became part of my DIY centerpiece (tutorial here). They added fun height and texture to my decor.

Repurposed Bamboo Tiki Torches as Patio Centerpiece by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Reclaimed Wood Centerpiece Planter for Patio Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Back when we built our pergola and updated our patio, I insisted on making a faux fireplace to fill up our wall space. We used curbside wood to create it and love it as a focal point. You can get the step-by-step tutorial here.

DIY Outdoor Faux Fireplace by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

To say we enjoy our backyard space is an understatement, really. We love it and have more planned for it in the next year. Ultimately, my goal is to custom build a sectional that will accommodate my family of 8 plus a few guests, and build a custom grill section.

Outdoor Patio Pergola Decor with Curtains, Lights, Dining and more by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

DIY Patio Pergola Design by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My hope is that you enjoyed my upcycled plant caddy creation as well as the other bamboo related crafts. I even made a few miniature buckets and pots and pans for my kids dolls with the bamboo. It was fun!

Outdoor Patio Area with Pergola and DIY decor ideas by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

If you would love to make this table your own, you can find it available in my online shop.

Shop Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com

Cast Iron and Bamboo Side Table Plant Caddy created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Just for fun, here’s a view of my patio in the evening when the sun has gone down and all is lit up for a cozy stay.

Patio Pergola with Lights at Night by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Bamboo Candlesticks with DIY Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Outdoor Patio Night Dining Area with DIY Decor by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do pin and share my upcycled plant caddy and projects to inspire others to make their house their home. It can be done on a budget and my home is proof of that.

From Trash to Upcycled Plant Caddy, this cast iron and bamboo creation adds interest and function to your outdoor living. Plus, repurposed bamboo torches for DIY decor too. Get all the details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #outdoor #diy #homedecor

Up next I share with you what I did with this mirror offered to me by my friend, Mandy. Would you have taken her up on it? See the results HERE.

Cast-off Dresser Mirror Upcycled by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Let’s see what my Trash to Treasure friends created for you. {{applause}}

Trash to Treasure August 2018 | prodigalpieces.com

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  • ColleenB.~ Tx.

    What an awesome looking plant stand

    August 14, 2018 at 6:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Colleen! 😀

      August 14, 2018 at 11:03 am Reply
  • Christy

    You are so inventive, Larissa! What a great outdoor table you have now! XO

    August 14, 2018 at 8:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It was one of those challenges that’s fun to do.

      August 14, 2018 at 11:04 am Reply
  • Becky

    Great! My favorite ended up being your beautiful centerpiece with torches! I love the cast iron too though. I just bought your cast iron circles cousins (still with wheels on) thrift shopping last week. : ) Maybe when they fall apart…

    August 14, 2018 at 9:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That centerpiece as a fun build and I use it yearly. How fun to find the same! yay!

      August 14, 2018 at 11:04 am Reply
  • Kaycee

    Wow Larissa, what a sweet table you built, and just look at all the pretty things you were able to make with all these different pieces! I also really enjoyed looking at the photos you shared of your patio, you created such a beautiful space!

    August 14, 2018 at 9:53 am Reply
  • Cecilia

    Larissa, you make the most awesome projects out of, well, nothing! I really enjoy your creativity and am totally amazed at the way you come up with ideas. You really think outside of the box! Keep up the great work! I love your posts.

    August 14, 2018 at 10:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      The fun is the challenge and seeing it come to fruition. Thanks so much for Cecilia!

      August 14, 2018 at 11:05 am Reply
  • Cate

    Great job, Larissa! They look smashing in their new venue!

    August 14, 2018 at 10:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m delighted to hear it. Thanks so much, Cate. hugs!

      August 14, 2018 at 11:05 am Reply
  • valarie sanford

    You are a rock star

    August 14, 2018 at 10:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I don’t know about that, but I have fun. Thanks, Valarie! 😉

      August 14, 2018 at 11:06 am Reply
  • Denise

    You are SO creative Larissa! I never would have thought to turn them into a caddy. Your outdoor space is phenomenal btw!!!

    August 14, 2018 at 11:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I just couldn’t keep it simple. haha. Thanks for the love, Denise. Fun to try!

      August 14, 2018 at 11:06 am Reply
  • Marcie Lovett

    Larissa, you’re a genius for getting use out of every last bit!

    August 14, 2018 at 12:37 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s so fun to make use of it all. Thanks!

      August 14, 2018 at 5:57 pm Reply
  • Diane Cannon

    What a beautiful outdoor space! You’ve done an amazing job!

    August 14, 2018 at 2:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That is so sweet of you to say, Diane. Thank you!

      August 14, 2018 at 5:58 pm Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    That is so creative Larissa! And I just love your outdoor space! 🙂 xo

    August 15, 2018 at 6:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Nancy. We do too. 🙂

      August 16, 2018 at 7:02 am Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    What a clever upcycle, Larissa! I love how you don’t waste anything!

    August 15, 2018 at 7:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Right back at ya, Jen. 🙂

      August 16, 2018 at 7:02 am Reply

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