We finally got a good bit of snow here – enough to blanket everything in a thick layer of fresh white and to scrape up a decent snow pile in the yard for the kids to play on. Then we got a chinook and it’s been warm and windy with the snow melting like mad then freezing into thick sheets of ice overnight, making it near impossible to do much outside without slipping into the Russian Splits involuntarily. All this 'winter-then-not winter' weather has me inside baking cookies and organizing drawers, cupboards and book shelves. Especially in my office which, due to the wall of book cases, has somehow become a drop off point for any and all Things With No Home.
Which is about when I decided the log-as-plant-stand should go. I actually love interesting things used in unique ways in homes, which is what I was thinking about when I brought the stump inside last year. Plus, bonus, I wanted the plant up and off the hardwood floor that day, and hey, the wood pile was just outside my office window. Done and done. Not so bonus was the mean lean the top had so that my big plant was sitting off kilter in a major way. Every once in awhile I would tuck something underneath it to try to straighten it out but the time had come for me to do something and come up with a real solution.
Also on my mind has been creating an outdoor trough sink. We have taps outside. We live in the country with a pack of wild boys and hard working adults that are constantly doing everything under the sun. We are often quickly rinsing ‘the worst of it’ off of our hands outside and drying them on our jeans. I think I could come up with a better solution – a simple ‘sink’ stand with easy drainage and a place for a rag to hang. The only thing is, it’s winter and we’re not doing much outside hand washing right now so any plan I had been brewing will have to wait until spring to test.
So, here I sat with a dream of a plant stand and a dream of a trough sink, which I combined until the thing can do either. It’s going to live until spring holding the plant in my office, then debut as a trough sink in the yard once everything melts. If it works out I’ll build another for inside or maybe move that one back inside and build another for outside with a different finish. Who knows - my mind is a complex thing full of zig-zagging thoughts sometimes – welcome!
As always, I worked and reworked my plans until the boards are used as efficiently as possible – this one can be created with 4 boards and cost me only $15 Canadian which with the dismal Canadian dollar today is about $10 American! I built it and painted it in an afternoon and you can, too!