This DIY Pedestal Bowl first appeared on Homeright.com. I did a quick tutorial on how to make it, and showed you how to paint it using the Homeright small spray shelter and the Homeright Finish Max. Today I’ll give you a few more details and tips as well as show you how I finished the details on the catch-all pedestal bowl.
How to make a DIY Pedestal Bowl
Materials List *this post contains affiliate links*
- Wooden Bowl (any size)
- Spindle from any chair, table or bed
- Wooden base (thrift store or craft store)
- Wood Glue
- Base Coat Paint
- Paint to embellish the finish
Tools and stuff
- Drill and Screw bits
- Sandpaper or Sanding Sponge
- Homeright Finish Max
- Homeright Small Spray Shelter
- Extension Cord
- Wax brush
- Chip paint brush
- Paper towel
- Soft rag
- Work Table
- Lazy Susan
Cutting spindles can be a little tricky, but if you’re careful you can do it with a compound miter saw. If you don’t feel comfortable using a power saw, you can use a hand saw or even a miter box saw. I picked up this base years ago at the craft store, but don’t overlook old lamps (for round bases) or award plaques for square or rectangle routed bases. All of those bits and pieces will help you put together your own diy pedestal bowl.
Test fit your pieces
This is a dry fit to see how the spindle looks best with the base and the wooden bowl.
Construct your DIY Pedestal Bowl
Using an Irwin quick clamp to hold the spindle, I drilled a pilot hole in both ends. I used a countersink bit to drill a hole from the bottom of the base. Countersinking the hole will allow the screw to recess and the base will rest flush on your table. I also drilled a hole in the middle of the wooden bowl.
Gorilla Wood Glue adds extra strength on all the parts.
Voila! Sanding with a small sanding sponge will help to remove the glossy finish of the bowl and the spindle.
Painting spindle projects with a paint sprayer
This was a quickie project and I chose to use the small spray shelter with my Finish Max to finish up this project in no time. The quick clamps hold the shelter in place on top of the table. Raising the shelter on a work table really saves your back.
My friend Wendi from H2O Bungalow uses a lazy susan to rotate her projects. I had this old bar stool swivel base in my stash and quickly attached it to a thin piece of scrap plywood.
Begin painting with project upside down
The diy lazy susan easily allows me to rotate the diy pedestal bowl project as I spray it. I prefer to start all of my paint projects upside down so I can cover every little bit.
After I get good coverage I turn it upright to finish the job. For this project, I used Heirloom Traditions chalk type paint (Thunderous) in my Finish Max.
Here is the “after” that I shared at Homeright’s DIY site.
Give your DIY pedestal bowl some highlights
I knew I wanted to give this diy pedestal bowl an older “pewter” look because I’ve always admired how my friend Laurel from The North End Loft painted her DIY Rustic Pedestal. I broke out the Heirloom Traditions White Wax and brush and went to work.
I’m not the best at waxing projects and I wasn’t quite getting the look I wanted. I did as I often do—set the project aside. By that I mean it got shuffled around from place to place in the kitchen, finally ending up in the spare room.
Over 2 weeks of that shuffling, and I was bored and stuck in the house so I went at it again. This time I used a cheap chip brush and some HTP Buttermilk chalk type paint to do some dry brushing on the gray pedestal bowl. I went at it with no real plan. I tried starting with some hash marks—painting north and south, then east and west. Yeah, didn’t really like how that was going. Then I did some dabbing with the chip brush. Finally I used that wadded up (damp) paper towel to wipe some of the paint back and I LOVE IT! It really is exactly what I was going for.
I’ve wanted to do this diy pedestal bowl project for so long that I’ve have been collecting all sorts of bowls lately, so look for more ideas in the future. Do you get that way? Obsessed with a project and you just HAVE to do it?
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.