Thursday, June 2, 2016

Lazy Susans or Efficient Susans?

My son recently got married and my husband and I hosted the rehearsal dinner. Of course I had to complete a couple of DIY projects. I decided to make lazy Susans for the tables.

lazy susan on table 1

I very quickly snapped a couple of pictures just before everyone walked in the door. I wish that I had better pictures but I think you can get the idea.

lazy susan top

I purchased the precut 24 inch circles of wood from one of the big box home improvement stores for $9.72 each. You can see them by clicking here. Since our big box stores are very close to each other I decided to check the price at both stores. I was shocked to find that the other store price was $18.49 for the exact same piece of wood! You can see that one by clicking here! You can see in the photo above that I marked the center and drew a circle where the turntable or spinner would go.

lazy susan base

I purchased the turntables on Ebay for $6.99 each. You can see them by clicking here. I applied a generous amount of construction adhesive and affixed them to the wood. By the way, you can purchase a Lazy Susan already made from Lowe’s for $70.98 but it’s only 14.75 inches in diameter. You can see it here.

lazy susan upside down

Then I gave them a quick coat of primer, paint, stain, and polyurathane.

lazy susan close-up

lazly susans on tables

Unfortunately I was in a really big hurry and I failed to get a good close-up shot of the tables. For centerpieces I used my go-to tool caddies stuffed with annuals and a little Spanish moss.

lazy susan with tool caddy

The next 2 pictures are how I used the tool caddies at another rehearsal dinner.

tool caddy with flowers 2

tool caddy with flowers 1

This one is particularly sentimental.

Jesse tool caddy

If you look closely you will see the groom’s name on the bottom. He made this at Home Depot almost 20 years ago! I wish that we had written the year on there too!


Several years ago I updated the kids’ tool caddies with fresh paint so that we could continue to use them. You can see that post by clicking here.

I hope you are enjoying these first days of summer! I surely am.

I’ll be linking to Thoughts of Home on Thursday and to Metamorphosis Monday. Click the links to see lots of inspiration.

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