Illuminated Display Pedestals With a Faux-Concrete Finish

Dress up any room with easy-to-make decorative columns.
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DOD2605_Lighted-Columns_s4x3

The pedestals are lit from within to create a warm glow and highlight the accessories.

From: Design on a Dime

The pedestals are lit from within to create a warm glow and highlight the accessories.

Materials and Tools:

two 1x6x8 pieces of pine (yields three pedestals)
primer, texturing medium and black paint tint
Plexiglas
puck lights
nail gun
wood glue
trowel
chop saw
router

Steps:

1. For each pedestal, cut the pine into four equal pieces to your desired height.

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DOD2605_Column-Frame_s4x3

From: Design on a Dime

2. Apply wood glue to the edges then nail together each piece creating a rectangle box.

3. On the top of the pedestal, use a router to cut a lip on the inside to make a place for the Plexiglas to sit.

4. Apply primer to the outside of the pedestal.

5. Add tint to the texture medium until you get an uneven slate-gray color.

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DOD2605_Columns-Texture_s4x3

From: Design on a Dime

6. Use a trowel to smoothly apply the texture medium to the outside of the pedestal.

7. Cut Plexiglas into a square to fit inside the top lip of the pedestal.

8. Place the puck light inside the pedestal from the bottom.

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