Vintage Berkey Water Filter Floor Stand
I have owned a Berkey Water Filter system for years and I love it. I don’t love it taking up valuable counter space in my tiny kitchen. I’ve had this vision of a vintage Berkey water filter floor stand and finally found the perfect solid wood pedestal while thrifting one day.
Why Not Just Use the Standard Berkey Stand?
Berkey sells perfectly capable stainless steel stands but there are a couple of good reasons they don’t work for me.
- They don’t match my preferred aesthetic. The stainless steel system is enough of a draw to the eyes, I didn’t want to add to it.
- The price. They come in right around $50, which feels high to my pockets despite being of the finest quality.
- It wouldn’t solve my problem. They still sit on the countertop, which doesn’t solve my initial problem.
What’s the Big Deal About Berkey’s? Why Are They So Popular?
Scientifically tested and proven that Berkey filters and purifies the disease-causing microorganisms and volatile organic compounds in drinking water. Using this, the family is now safe from certain diseases and toxic organic compounds found in drinking water.TheBerkey.com
The honest truth is I live in a small city, I have no idea what is in our water. But from the look of my garden after it has depended too long on being watered with it, I’m not confident it’s good for us to drink.
Investing in an Imperial size Berkey water filter was a top priority when we moved to the city and lost our healthy well water. I needed peace of mind that I was providing clean, healthy water for my children to drink.
If you’re interested in learning more about their independent lab tests and results check out this article from TheBerkey.com.
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Tools & Supplies to Build a Vintage Inspired Berkey Water Filter Floor Stand
- 4′ Solid Wood Pedestal
- 12″ Wood Round
- 1 1/2″ Brad Nails
- Wood Glue
- Orbital Sander
- 120 Grit Sanding Disc
- 2″ Angled Paint Brush
- 1 Sample Size Latex Paint + Plaster of Paris (for homemade chalk paint)
- OR Chalk Paint
- Furniture Wax
- Brad Nailer
- Measuring Tape & Pencil
- Wood Filler
- Putty Knife
Step One – Finding Center
For this step, you’ll need a Measuring Tape and a Pencil.
To attach your 12″ wood round to your wooden pedestal first you will need to find the center of your wooden pedestal.
How To Center Your Wooden Round on Your Pedestal
- Using your pencil mark the 6″ mark horizontally and vertically so you get the true center.
- Then measure the diameter of the top of your pedestal. Mine was 5 1/4″.
- Center the diameter of your pedestal on the 6″ mark, 2 3/4″ on either side, and mark each end.
- Mark this horizontally and vertically so you have a visual to center your round on your pedestal once upside down.
Step Two – Secure Your Wooden Round to Your Pedestal
For this step, you’ll need Wood Glue, 1 1/2″ Brad Nails, and Brad Nailer.
To ensure your wooden round is completely secure you’ll want to use wood glue and nails.
How to Secure Your Wooden Round
- Spread wood glue all over the top of the pedestal.
- Turn your wooden round to where the side you marked is facing downwards.
- Carefully and slowly center your wooden round following the marks you made earlier.
- Hold it secure while you shoot a brad nail dead center.
- Shoot several more brad nails at an angle towards the center of the pedestal so they don’t shoot through the wooden top and out of the other side.
- Hammer in any nails that aren’t sitting flush.
Step Three – Wood Filler and Sand
For this step, you’ll need Wood Filler, Putty Knife, 120 Grit Sanding Disc, and Orbital Sander.
Brad nails don’t leave large holes, but I just like the smooth finish I get when they’re filled in with wood filler. Especially since I chose to paint this project versus stain it.
This step is super simple
- Fill in the holes with wood filler
- Let it dry
- Sand it completely clean
- Wipe all excess dust off the Berkey water filter floor stand with a damp rag
Step Four – Paint & Distress Your Berkey Water Filter Floor Stand
For this step, you’ll need your Paint of Choice and 2″ Angled Paint Brush.
I chose to make my homemade chalk paint by adding a mixture of 50/50 plaster Paris and water a 1/2 pint of Iron Ore Latex Paint by Behr.
Paint a single coat over the entire Berkey water filter floor stand and let it dry. When it has dried thoroughly (10-15 minutes) use a 120 grit sanding disc to distress it.
When you reach optimal distressing (I wanted mine pretty heavily distressed) use a damp rag to clean all the excess dust off.
Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe
- 1 Sample Size Latex Paint
- 1/2 Cup Plaster of Paris
- 1/2 Cup Warm Water
In a separate cup thoroughly mix the plaster of paris and water until it is a smooth consistency with no lumps. Add the latex paint and stir it thoroughly to combine.
Step Five – Apply a Protective Coating
For this step, you’ll need Furniture Wax and Rags.
I love using furniture wax for a couple of good reasons
- It’s really quick and simple.
- You get a very historic finish appropriate for the era I was going for.
- Furniture Wax is a really great protective finish with only a slight sheen.
How to Apply Furniture Wax
- Add a small amount of wax to a clean rag.
- Apply it liberally all over the pedestal and top.
- Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Buff the wax with a second clean rag until you see a nice sheen.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope I have inspired you to step out of your comfort zone, keep your eye’s peeled for treasures when you’re thrifting, and try to create something custom for your home. Don’t settle for ugly.
If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to check out my DIY Wall-Mounted Laundry Drying Rack which was made from a repurposed mirror frame.
Meet the Author
Hi, I’m Julie! Mother to five beautiful kids, Homeschool Educator, Writer, Handicraft & DIY Enthusiast, Photographer, Thrifter, and Furniture Restorer. Follow along for fun DIY projects creating a handmade home on a budget! Read more about me here→
I love this so much! So creative and beautiful! Awesome job as always girlfriend!
Thank you! I am so happy to have it set up in its new home and off my counter. Plus, this beautiful stand adds to the character of the room.
What a lovely idea! It looks very nice and practical as well, thank you for sharing 🙂
Thank you very much. I appreciate the kind words.
I have wanted to do something like this for years! Great idea, I feel inspired!
This is a beautiful piece! That pedestal you found for it is GORGEOUS 😉
I agree. It was so perfect! Just what I wanted.