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DIY Black Pedestal Bowl

how to create a solid, massive pedestal bowl

A beautiful black pedestal bowl that is solid, massive, and doesn't cost a fortune!

I've been obsessed with black pedestal bowls for a while. I kept on drooling about the gorgeous bowls you see in this collection below, but I just couldn't get myself to spend that much money on a simple bowl.
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I especially love big bowls in the kitchen where I can store/display fruits and vegetables, but I also love to decorate around the house with these big bowls. They make a great focal point on coffee tables or on the shelves.

Let me show you how I came up with that beautiful pedestal bowl you saw in that first pic.

I was at Home Depot ready to buy some soil to transplant some succulents when up there on the top shelf I saw that low profile terracotta pot. Boy 'oh boy, it was love at first sight!

I immediately grabbed it and placed it inside my shopping cart with its corresponding saucer.
succulent garden terracotta planter

In its original state, this terracotta pot is perfect. It's great for planting a succulent garden, given that it has a low profile and the terracotta material is porous, which allows the roots to breathe.

The picture below is how it would look when using the saucer in its normal way, but remember that my goal was to turn this pot/planter into a pedestal bowl. 😉

succulent garden terracotta planter
How to make your own:



1. Remove stickers on the side and bottom of the planter and saucer.  Clean them very well.

2. Turn the planter upside down and start spray painting it. 
satin great coverage terracotta spray paint

I love the coverage of this Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover black spray paint. The paint & primer is definitely the way to go.

I gave them two coats of paint.

Once the outside was dry, it was turned over to spray paint the inside.

3. Glue the bottom of the bowl to the bottom of the saucer.  Given that this is a heavy planter you need a strong adhesive. I used advanced clear silicone that I had in my stash, from a project in my bathroom. 
Let it dry for at least 30 minutes.

Look how pretty it looks!
how to make a big, solid pedestal bowl

I brought it to my kitchen island for a little photoshoot.
how to make a big, solid black pedestal bowl

The planter only costs $13, which is a really nice price. The saucer brings the price up a bit, but I like the extra height it gives to the bowl.
how to make a big, solid black pedestal bowl

The satin finish on the spray paint gives the bowl an awesome sheen.

It makes such a good statement here in the kitchen. 😍

I hope you've enjoyed this project!

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