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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Creations By Cindy said...

Pat, I am in love with your Lazy Susan's! WOW! That is the neatest idea ever! Love how you used them on the tables. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Laura said...

Pat- at the flea market I am always drawn to lazy susans. I love the title of your post-
yes, they are efficient.
Thank you for being at Thoughts of Home.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

What a great idea:) Thank you for sharing this with us at TOHOT!

Stacey said...

Pat, that was such a fantastic idea! I love the burlap covered tables too.

Happy Thoughts of Home. :)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Great idea for the lazy susans!...and what a wonderful sentimental piece!...Love the arrangements in the tool caddies...

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh Jesse's sweet toolbox helping celebrate such a special events in his life brought tears to my eyes. Best wishes to the bride and groom!

Vel Criste said...

Congratulations on your son's marriage! What a lovely Rehearsal dinner setting! And yes Lazy susans are soooo expensive, we got ours on a cheap too on Amazon, basically bought the wheel there and tempered glass separately which saved us a whole lot! Love your version too, thanks you for sharing!

Christine Graves said...

Everything turned out great! I love the lazy susans you made! Such a great idea.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a clever idea, Pat! The lazy susans are perfect! How perfect to incorporate the groom's tool caddy. Such a sweet touch!