Easy to Make Plant Stand

Easy to make plant stand for gardening in containers and get tips for finishing with chalk paint and stain.

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As many of you know, Robert and I decided to move forward with life.

We’re doing great…

It’s our focus to be smart, not give into the fear and be the light in what has become a confused world…


We went lumber shopping last week for this project and I realized there’s been a shift.

I keep hearing “the new normal” well I don’t know about you but I don’t accept this label…


Instead, I’m going with “seeing the good” and “moving forward” because you know what?  Those statements offer hope…

With all that aside, today’s project is about hope…



My hope to establish a traveling garden where we decided to temporarily park our mobile lifestyle…

We begin this project with a trip to Home Depot where I purchased the following supplies:

Plant Stand Supply List

  • 2 Three step boards – these are pre-cut, treated and used for making stairs.
  • 2 Eight ft. 2 x 4 boards
  • 1 twelve ft. 2 x 6 board
  • 1 box of 3 in. Deckmate screws – 22 screws
  • Paint brush and rag
  • 8 oz. Varathane wood stain color Gunstock
  • 8 0z. Waverly chalk paint color Elephant
  • Drill and Saw


Cut Measurements and Staining the Wood

Getting started involved cutting the wood.

This began at Home Depot where I had one of their employees cut my 12 ft. board into three 4 ft. shelves at no additional charge.

That was sweet because I only brought my jig saw with us and it’s not the best for cutting straight lines.


Next up was to cut the 2 x 4’s into the following measurements:

  • Two at 7 ft. and one at 6 ft.

Once that was done, I decided to go ahead and stain while my drill was charging.  Yep, I was so excited to build that I forgot to charge the drill.


Stain was applied with a brush and the excess is wiped off with a rag.

Super easy and you might want to wear gloves if you’re messy like me…

First Attempt to Paint the Shelves

Have you ever had an idea and then it just didn’t’ turn out to your liking?

Well, that’s what happened here with these two paint colors, celery and moss.  I like them a lot, but when they dried on the wood, not so much…


Perhaps with a different stain choice I may have felt differently?

Thankfully, this was an easy fix after I assembled the plant stand.


Plant Stand Assembly

When the wood dried, I brought it back over to my work bench, also known as the bed of our truck.

I have to say that building on the go is an interesting process y’all, but I made it work and that’s what counts.


The Following Steps Require a Flat Surface:

  1. First line up one 7 ft. board to the outside of the step so the bottoms are even – I used a 2 x 4 to help line things up.
  2. Add three pilot holes first where you plan to connect the boards together with screws.
  3. Repeat the process making sure those 2 x 4’s are connected from the outside. Over drilling will cause the screw tip to come through.


Adding the Shelves

I waited to repaint the shelves and went ahead connecting each one.  You’ll notice once the shelves are attached the structure is pretty solid.

  1. First drill two pilot holes at each end of the board, this will keep the wood from splitting.
  2. Then connect boards with screws onto each level.


Connecting the Last Board

This is where things went a little wonky because I discovered my cross board was slightly warped and wouldn’t connect properly.

My original plan was to add it evenly on the top without an overhang.


That wasn’t possible due to his warp so I decided connecting from the back with an overhang.  This idea allows me to later add a couple small hanging planters, a hummingbird feeder or maybe a wind chime.

Needless to say, the overhang is a bonus.


A little frustration surfaced after noticing that top board would have to be slightly off at one corner to appear even.

I didn’t feel like going back to square one to fix it so I just kept going…


NOTE: If you’re going to make this plant stand take note, the top board can be included any way you like, with or without an overhang.

It can also be connected from the inside and the top without an over-hang, so measure accordingly as this will finish securing the project.

Shelves can also be any width you prefer; 2.5 or 3 ft. would look great.


Finishing Shelves with Paint

Here we are back to those shelves where I applied the color elephant, with a heavy layer of Waverly chalk paint.

This was a much better choice because it matches the stripe on the RV.  What can I say, I like to have things match…


When the project is finished place your stand where it will receive at least 6 -8 hours of sunlight.

For me this will be towards the back of our RV where that wonderful morning sun shines bright. For you that may be on your deck, backyard or carefully placed in the garden.


This is just the beginning friends; I have neat plans for this traveling garden…

Smiles and Sunshine, Carole West

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  1. daisy says:

    Glad you answered Susan’s question, because I had the same one. I didn’t realize y’all would be traveling for so long. Glad you are still able to do your projects. This one’s a gem!

    1. Carole West says:

      Not sure if you’re a subscriber to email newsletter but I share more in my emails. We’re not on vacation, Robert is working on Cargo planes right now and I went with him. This is s fun project and it’s my goal to discover more about container gardening. So far, it’s a slow process… Not a fan… LOL

  2. Christine says:

    Love the simplicity of this project, Carole! It would be nice to have this on our back deck for holding my potted herbs!!

    1. Carole West says:

      I was thinking this project on any deck would be awesome. Think we may go to the property next so I can grab more of my herb plants and a few bloomers too.

  3. Patti says:

    Oh wow. This is a great project and can be used in many places. Great for small spaces or just a place for moving plants from inside to outside during the warm weather months.

    1. Carole West says:

      I agree would have love having something like this in my garden at the property the last couple of years. Moving forward has forced me to think outside the box even more…

  4. Susan says:

    Are you traveling now?
    How will that work with raising quail & gardening?
    I guess I’m confused. Look forward to your blog but l guess it’s changed a bit.
    Happy trails & travels!

    1. Carole West says:

      I’ve shared all this in my newsletter over the last several weeks. I’ve put off raising quail until things warm up. We still have our property and go back monthly where my garden is doing fantastic. The beauty of tall raised beds…

      I’ll be setting up small gardens for people in the area where I’m currently located. I’m enjoying the opportunity to help others get started gardening.
      Hope that answers your questions.


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