DIY Modern Succulent outdoor coffee table

Hi friends!

I know it's been a while since I've written anything on the blog...but that's because there is so much going on!  We've been working on our backyard, and we just did a project which I absolutely LOVE!  I can't wait to share it with you today.  

We made a modern succulent coffee table for our new outdoor seating area!  I'm totally in love with how it turned out.  

The table is essentially a box with a plexi glass top, sitting on top of a base made out of redwood 2x2's. I'm going to show you how the whole thing came together!  It was such a simple project, and I'm totally looking forward to propagating some more succulents to put inside my new table!

Let's talk about how this table came together.  

Here's what you'll need:

  • 4 redwood fence slats(approximately 5.75 inches by 6 ft.  We got the nicer redwood heartwood pieces and I really went through them to find the highest quality pieces.)
  • 2 8ft redwood 2x2's for the base.   
  • 1 1/4 inch plexiglass top measured to fit the top of your finished table.

Essentially you start out by building a box.  We cut the 4 redwood fence posts to 48 inches long.  From the remaining fence post end, we cut a 11.25 inch piece for the end, which we then cut in half the long way so that the air would be able to flow through the table. We sanded the wood so that it would be smoother and easier to paint. 

 Next, we glued the box pieces together, and used a clamp to hold the pieces together.  Then we used a nail gun to attach the pieces. 
Here is what the whole top piece looked like assembled.

Then it was time to build the base. The base was made from 4 12 inch pieces, 4 18 inch pieces, and 4 4.5 inch pieces.  We used 2.5 inch outdoor wood screws to attach the pieces together.  
We painted the base and the top with exterior paint and let them dry. We turned the top over and traced where we wanted the base to go, then we flipped it over and made sure that the base was aligned where we wanted.  We used exterior wood screws to screw the top into the base in several places.  Then we drilled holes along the base so that the planter could drain properly.  I don't see drainage as being a huge deal since these will be succulents and they won't need massive amounts of water.

After that we just had to fill up our table with succulents.  We measured the top of the table and I bought a piece of plexiglass to go on top.  We are lucky enough to have a TAP plastics store nearby, who was able to cut a piece of plexiglass to perfectly fit the top of our table.  (It looks like you can also order custom sized pieces online if you don't have a store near you).  They also gave us some little plastic stickers to attach to the planter top so that the plexiglass wouldn't shift.  

Not counting the paint (which we already had) the whole patio table came out to be a little under $100, with about half of the price being the plexiglass top.  And while I could have probably found a cheaper table solution, I absolutely love how special this one is!

I hope you all are having a great week!



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