DIY Lazy Susan
Finding an accurate title for this post was a challenge. I made this large DIY lazy susan to use as a fall centerpiece for our always in use kitchen table. It would be such a joy to have a separate dining room to decorate for special occasions but the reality is our home does not have one. Converting a small garage sale lazy susan into a large centerpiece that can be moved seems like a perfect solution.
This turntable is designed for fall decor but you could certainly use it any time of the year.
If you want to have a centerpiece that turns you will need to find an inexpensive lazy susan to attach it too. Mine was a $5 garage sale find, but I often see them at thrift stores as well. Alternatively, you could cut a simple circle out of plywood as a base first, but then your centerpiece would become a tray instead.
To make this turntable you will need:
1″ thick lumber ours is pallet wood
Wood glue and clamps
60, 120, 150 grit sandpaper
Wood filler (optional)
Stencil, stenciling sponge
Grey and white paint
Building the Large Wood Circle Top
Decide how large you want your turntable top to be. This one is 24 inches across as I wanted room for place settings on the table, and when home Hubs prefers to sit at the table with his laptop.
Gather scraps of wood they don’t have to be the same width, as long as they are the same thickness, and at least 24″ long. Use wood glue to adhere them together and clamp. Let it dry overnight.
To draw a circle tie a bit of string around the lead end of a pencil. Measure out 12 inches and place the other end in the center of your wood. Pull tight and draw a circle.
Use a jigsaw to cut out the circle.
Sand the wood smooth. Our pallet wood was very rough, I sanded with 60, 120, and 150 grit sandpaper to get the low-grade pallet wood as smooth as possible.
Attaching the Wood Top
Place your wood circle good size down. Place the old smaller turntable on top. Try and center the old turntable as closely as you can.
With a measuring tape measure the distance between the turntable to the edge of the larger wood top. Adjust the placement of the smaller turntable so that the measurement is the same all the way around. Once the center is found draw around the edge with a pencil and remove the small turntable.
Apply glue to the small turntable and return it to the new wood circle, line it up with the pencil marks.
Apply weight and let dry at least a couple of hours.
Once dry place 3/4 inch screws through the bottom of the original turntable. Make sure that the screws are short enough that they do not poke through the top of the lazy susan.
Painting the DIY Lazy Susan
Originally I had planned on putting a clear stain on the turntable and leaving it more rustic. Hubs lined up all the nail holes so they were symmetrical but after I started staining it, I felt they were too noticeable. A change in plans was required, although, with nicer quality wood, it would look great with a clear stain and the stencil.
Instead, I filled the holes with wood filler let it dry and sanded it smooth, I let the cracks show because frankly, anything made with pallets can only turn out so smoothly, and no amount of sanding will make this lazy susan anything but rustic.
Apply two coats of grey paint to all surfaces, Let dry between coats and sand lightly with 150 grit paper between each coat.
Adding the Stencil
Finding the center of the mandala stencil and lining it up was much easier than I anticipated because the stencil was marked really well. Line up the centers of the stencil and the turntable top.
Using painters tape lightly attach the stencil. Make sure that your stencil is centered correctly by measure the outside distance of your stencil pattern with the edge of the turntable.
Adjust if needed, once you’re sure it is centered apply more tape to hold it securely.
Pour a little bit of paint (2 tbsp) into a small container. To apply the paint to the stencil you need to use very little paint at a time. Dab the stenciling sponge into the paint and then remove most of it by dabbing the sponge onto a rag or paper towel, before you apply it to your stencil..
Make sure the portion of the stencil you are working on is laying flat against the wood surface, press down with your hand if necessary and dab the paint onto the stencil in a circular motion. It’s best to start in the middle and work your way around and outwards. It didn’t take very long to apply the paint to the stencil. I was very thorough and patient, and it still took only 20 minutes to finish. Let dry.
Apply polyurethane to protect your stencil. For small projects, I like to use spray on poly. I applied two coats letting it dry well in between.
This turntable is so handy for creating a movable centerpiece. I purposely chose containers that weren’t large or too high. Altogether the centerpiece weighs under ten pounds and I can easily lift it out of the way.
Once I had the DIY pallet turnable finished, I was able to create a simple Fall centerpiece for it. Its so easy to move around on the pallet base. I love having a larger dramatic centerpiece of my table that easy to move out of the way.