Once upon a time there was a very sad girl who couldn’t have lovely fresh herbs from her garden in the winter because she lived in Minnesota. There must be a way.
It all started with a simple Facebook post. “Does anyone use grow lights?”. Not exactly, but a friend says that he uses full spectrum light bulbs on his Bonsai trees in a North facing room with no windows and they thrive! I’m in – and here’s why. I want to bring my herbs inside over the winter. Without some special lighting they just sit there. Not dead, but not exactly appealing either. And have you ever bought those pathetic “fresh” herbs in the grocery store? Seriously better than nothing but not by a lot. I admit I have issues. Here is the plan – pretty exciting.
First I thought “hmm…I’ll go to the Goodwill and will magically find a Lazy Susan.” And I did! Circa 1970′s I think. It was very much like the one pictured below, but it said “cheese!”. The little troughs must be for crackers and some nice salami. That’s how hors d’oeuvres were done in the 70′s. I know. Truth be told, we “lost” the picture of the Lazy Susan I bought. Sad but these things happen.
My thrift store Lazy Susan is not something I want to repurpose exactly because…it’s super ugly. But for half price I can make use of it. $2.67 haha. The hardware alone probably isn’t that cheap. Next, I found a round tabletop at Fleet Farm. The kind you buy the legs for and then attach. I didn’t know they sold those. No legs, please. Just the top. I’ll cement the top to the priceless 1970′s Lazy Susan at the last step.
I looked at Pinterest to find out how to age wood, paint wood, get some font ideas, etc. It started with an unfinished pine table top. Step one is to age it. Just take a piece of steel wool and place it in some vinegar. Apple cider or white, no matter. I did that for 5-10 minutes. Then, wipe it on your wood and wait. Put it in the sun to dry if you can. Nothing. I’m impatient. Fifteen minutes…nothing. But then after it had really dried, maybe an hour or so, it had turned gray! A miracle! It had aged years in no time. I could have repeated this process to get really gray, but this was enough considering I was also painting.
After that I banged it up just a little. You know, a few dents and dings. Not a lot. Step two is paint. I used a craft paint called Buttermilk. I wiped it on and off with a damp sponge. Just a thin coat is all I put on – two of them. And the gray of the wood shows through a bit.
Step three is a biggie. I drew out my lettering and used graphite paper to transfer it onto the wood. You can also use Word and download different fonts then print them and do it that way. That would be cool but I just didn’t. Once the letters were transferred on the board, I painted them in Burnt Umber. A little scary, no mistakes needed here! But always remember that perfect is not the goal in life. Take your time and it will be fine. The Graphics Fairy is a good resource for fonts.
OK. Phew! The letters are painted. I free-handed the scrolls in pencil and then painted them in black. Now these were not perfectly painted lines. No worries here either because I sanded them next! Medium sandpaper worked just fine (Step four). A little sandpaper smooths out any rough edges and helps the wood to look aged. Sandpaper is your friend.
Step four is a beautiful thing. With a damp paper towel I wiped on some wood stain. Voila! It looks pretty nice for a not so crafty person. I did this step twice.
The final two steps are easy. Use glue (I used Gorilla Glue) to attach the wood to the Lazy Susan and spray it with a coat or two of polyurethane. When it’s dry, I can place my herbs on top and it will sit directly under my new full spectrum light bulb that shines down on it. I love ideas that are brought on by a desire or a need to fulfill. This is one of those for me.
And she lived happily ever after.
Disclaimer: I do not know even one Susan who is lazy.