DIY Plant Stand Makeover


Since last year, I have accumulated 14 plant babies. It all started with my HORT 2000 class at UGA taught by the sweet David Berle in Spring 2016. Mid way through the semester, one of our assignments was to identify, repot and maintain an indoor plant until the end of the semester. I got a banana croton, which I did not know until Lowe’s replied to my tweet (thanks for saving my grade, Lowe’s).


Currently, I have all my plants out in the sunroom where they get plenty of light. I have been using my sister’s old bookcase from college ( a.k.a. my hand-me-down bookcase in college) as a plant stand, but it’s been looking a little raggedy with water damage and scratches. With a free weekend, I decided to give my plant stand a makeover! Check out how I did it below with pictures in the slideshow below.



  1. Clean off your bookshelf and take it apart with the screwdriver.
  2. Cut the marble contact paper to a size big enough to cover the top and sides of the panel. I didn’t bother covering the bottom side of the panel since no one is going to see it anyways.
  3. Slowly peel back the contact paper and stick it to the board starting at one corner, and pressing out the air bubbles as you move across the panel.
  4. Wrap it around the sides and corners, and wrap the remaining paper underneath.
  5. Take the panels outside and spray them down with three coats of Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Enamel. Let it dry for about 15-30 minutes between coats.
  6. Re-assemble the plant stand after the panels dry.
  7. Viola – you have a new fancy plant stand!