Jack’s Plant Stand Update

Hey there sweet Friends! Today I’m sharing another one of Jack’s makeovers. I picked this oak plant stand up for him at the thrift store for $10 a few weeks ago:


I figured he could paint this up pretty quick and simple and make some easy money on it, but he wanted to do a two toned look and add a stencil. He chose the colors and the stencil. (You know, Mom, that symbol you use with the three things on it.)

Here it is:

Oak Plant Stand Update from Jack at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

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Didn’t he do a good job? I love the choices he made!

The original finish was water damaged, so he sanded that first with our orbital sander.

Then he painted the base  in Pure White DIY Chalk Paint.

Oak Plant Stand Update from Jack at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The top is painted in black DIY chalk paint that I had left over from this Pottery Barn-inspired coffee table.

Oak Plant Stand Update from Jack at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

He chose the stencil, but I did help a bit setting it up. We used spray adhesive (sprayed to the back of the stencil) to hold it in place and Rust-Oleum Satin Blossom White spray paint to paint it. We also made sure to tape paper all around to the edge of the stencil to prevent overspray. Just like I did for my kid’s whale table:



Oak Plant Stand Update from Jack at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

After giving it a light sanding, he finished it off with a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

Oak Plant Stand Update from Jack at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


Oak Plant Stand Update from Jack at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


Oak Plant Stand Update from Jack at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I can’t leave without sharing what my six year old painted as well:


He was so proud.  He also painted a bed slat with that same signature technique. 😀

Oak Plant Stand Update from Jack at Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

If you missed Jack’s other two makeovers you can see them HERE and HERE!

I’ll be back on Thursday to share what we did with this shelf and frame:


Jack and I collaborated on this one…he was already out there getting right into painting this little shelf before I even knew it, so I didn’t get a before pic! That’s ok though…you can imagine. 🙂

UPDATE: Check out what we did with these pieces HERE now!



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    WOW, Look out Momma, he is amazing. Love the two tone, black and white is so classic! GREAT JOB JACK!!

  2. Christina in FL says

    Way to go Jack! The plant stand looks classic and gorgeous! 🙂 GREAT job!! :))

  3. Oh Jack! Great job! That three thing stencil you chose looks cool on the former plant stand. And your little brother looks as though he wants to follow in big brother’s footsteps. Keep the projects coming. I am impressed!

    • He was so funny describing the fleur de lis. Now he knows what it’s called. And his little brother was so proud of his own projects ha ha! XO

  4. Christy, I love this plant stand make-over your son created. You are mentoring a star.

  5. Joyce Stickney says

    Jack has quite the decorator’s eye! I love the plant stand and look forward to seeing more of his pieces. Good for him doing these projects.

    • I think so too, Joyce! It’s fun to see him making his own creative choices! XO

  6. Marty K. says

    Very nice!

  7. Tara Cashion says

    Wow, he is becoming an excellent DIYer! How fun to be able to share your love for repurposing with him.

  8. Another great project by Jack! Give him a pat on the back for me.

    Your little one definitely makes sure that the wood is well covered when he paints. I think I remember that color from a Haven goody bag.

    • Thanks, Paula! He will be thrilled to hear that! And you remember correctly ha ha! That is from Haven two years ago lol. Hope you are enjoying your Summer!! XOXO

  9. Both of them did a great job!! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Oh my God Christy, this is adorable!!! I look forward to getting your emails every week and you never disappoint you do amazing work!!! very inspiriting 🙂

  11. Marcie Lovett says

    Well done, Jack! Excellent eye for color and pattern. That’s not going to last long in the shop.

  12. Great job, Jack! If I lived close I’d be first in line to buy it. 🙂


  13. Jack definitely has your creative genes! He did an outstanding job on the plant stand.

    • Thanks, Carla! I think he did a great job too. It’s fun to see his wheels turning! XO

  14. Tracey Martin says

    That boy has VISION! (“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!”) 🙂 Great job. I’m pinning it. 🙂

    • I am so pleasantly surprised at his choices. I hope he keeps it up…thanks, Tracey!! XO

  15. Wow, that looks awesome! That kid really has a talent!

    Now, talk to me about those hydrangeas. They’re beautiful! Mine don’t have nearly that many flowers on them even though the bushes are huge. What do you do to get that many flowers? Please don’t telling me “nothing” because that’s pretty much what I’m doing now…lol. Besides watering them and giving them a dose of Miracle Grow plant food every now and again. Thanks!

    • Thanks, Ruby! As for the hydrangeas…really nothing ha ha…sorry! Honestly though I think their success is due mostly to where they are planted. Mine only get morning sun and enjoy the shade the rest of the day. Plus these are the Endless Summer brand which bloom on old and new wood so they get a ton of blooms! I have been terrible at watering them during these really hot days the last two weeks and they are starting to show it. I also really cut them back around early March which probably helps. 🙂

  16. Candy Walsh says

    Awesome job! You have a very talented young man there who obviously has his momma’s creativity and eye for beauty!

  17. Annie (Canada) says

    Great job Jack! You have really good eye for exactly what a piece is needing 🙂 Chirsty, seems you have a business partner in your future! Cheers

    • Thanks, Annie! Jack will love hearing your encouraging words! I hope he keeps it up, he has a knack for it! XO

  18. Robin Kelley says

    Well done Jack! Love your idea – the table turned out great!

    • Thanks, Robin! I can’t wait to share these super sweet comments with him. Thanks for encouraging him! XO

  19. Lauri Kunze says

    So much talent in one family! Jack, I’m a big fan of your work. Love the paint scheme; really love the clean, crisp lines on the stencil. Can’t wait to see what you do next!

    • Thank you, Lauri!! Jack will love all the encouraging words and I thank you for making him want to keep creating! XO

  20. So beautiful with the two-tone and stencil. Bravo, Jack! 🙂

    • Thanks, Larissa! To think this started because I saw your talented kiddos getting in on the action! Thanks!! XOXO

  21. Jack!!! you are AWSOME!!!! Your work is amazing!!! I guess the apple doesn’t fall far the tree. I LOVE this!!!!….and YES!!! pictured with those hydrangeas…..I was drooling big time!!!
    Jack, “don’t tell mom…I am coming over to steal some….better keep your table out of my path…I might take that too!!!!” Have a fun and productive summer!!!
    God bless~

    • Aww Jack will LOVE hearing your sweet comment, Addie!! My poor poor hydrangeas don’t look like this at the moment! The intense heat is a bit much for them right now so I have a few crispy ones out there. When the heat subsides a bit, I should get more new blooms though. Missing my hydrangea bouquets boo hoo!

  22. WOW! Tell Jack that he did an awesome job! Great color choices!

  23. Nancy Cannell says

    Hi Christy – Jack is so talented – just like you are! He did a fabulous job! The plant stand is absolutely gorgeous!

  24. Jack!! You made it look so much better. The ugly orange-y table into a beautiful swan!! I would love this in my home! You are as talented as your mom! Keep up the good work so when you’re older you can open a shop with your mom!! Great job!!

  25. Oh my goodness Christy, you have some serious competition. Jack did an incredible job, better than what I could have done.
    I can see an artist developing in your little one, a really unique technique.

    • I know, right?? Ha ha! I am really enjoying watching him use his imagination on these makeovers! XO

  26. Love it! Good job, Jack! I have been repurposing some furniture myself in the black and white motif for my basement craft room makeover.

  27. Well done! Very striking choice, Jack!

    • Thanks, Becky! I think he made great choices as well. I would have painted it one boring color lol. 🙂

  28. He did a great job! Definitely had your talent.

  29. Paige Mull says

    Love the plant stand! My favorite though is your six year olds painting. How sweet!

    • Thanks, Paige! He was so proud of that plaque…it took a couple of days to dry lol. 🙂

  30. Mom move over cuz there’s a new kid in town! Jack, you made a great choice using the symbol with the three things on it and awesome color choices too. I hope you make lots of $$$ when you sell this table. Mama, you must be so proud!

    • I really am so proud, Marie! I’m grooming him to be one heck of a catch lol! XOXO

  31. This kid ROCKS!!!! He did amazing job…just like his mama!