Monday, March 19, 2012

Potting Bench

My goal today was to do something with the broken potting bench in my yard. I wanted to recreate it in a creative and fun way.
It was so wobbly after 10 years outside that I couldn't use it....

My first step was to make the old potting bench more stable with wood strips across the sides and the back. I also had to put the bottom shelf back on because it had rotted off years ago...

I had four old casters so I drilled a hole in the bottom of each leg and added them...

The drawer bottom was gone too so I screwed it 
together and added a new bottom.

I had an old gate in the yard that I trimmed to the size of the table and added to the top using a lot of supports and L brackets!

Next came the paint, a watered down white wash, then all the flat surfaces got a coat of Poly.  

Now I was all out creating!

I added a "La Jardin" sign to the front and
an old window to one side...

a galvanized bin to the other side...

 all kinds of funky hinges, hooks and knobs to hang the tools...

and some slate tiles as a work surface...

The new drawer got a pretty toile lining...

And I found the tray for the little hidden space for soil 
under the lid...

This old potting bench never looked so good!

I'm ready for Spring!

materials used:
pieces of old fence
pieces of old table
hooks & tools 
1x8 for shelving
1x3's for shelving and supports
leftover white paint

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  1. how cute is that! LOVE the convience of everything on it.

  2. Come to Ohio and build me one, Susan! : ) I want a potting bench type table for my sunroom and I'm thinking I may have to go the "build it" route.

  3. I love this. It's so cute. I'm aching to have one of these in my backyard.

  4. Fabulous! and on wheels too, I love wheels :) Great job Susan!

  5. Susan, I *love* this! I love anything on wheels, you know--but I think my favorite part are the fun "bits" you added for hanging things! Very clever and cool.

  6. You are so creative!! That is a fabulous redo of your potting bench. The pieces and parts you added were pure genius!! I love it!

  7. I love it, I will have to bookmark this the for the next potting bench I build! Love it.

  8. What an awesome make-over Susan! I love it!!

  9. That truly looks like the perfect potting bench! I love the Jardin sign and the galvanized pieces. I'm sure you'll get a lot of use out if now that the weather is getting better and better!


  10. Oh Susan, I love this renovation. The use of the gate fence, the white wash, the jardin sign and all of the little details make it a unique outdoor piece of furniture.

  11. susan i LOVE this! so cute! i love all the hooks and the fresh paint!

  12. I love it! Wish I had one! Come and follow me back! Joann

  13. That is great! I LOVE your blog!

  14. Great potting bench!!
    I'm a new follower, Mary Alice

  15. Love it! Your funky handles for hanging tools on is great. I have an old swing that I'm wanting to turn into a potting bench. Do you really find them useful or are they mainly for looks?

    1. If you garden you will use it, it's a great place to get dirty. The soil, pots and tools are all in one place. When you aren't using it as a potting bench you can use it for a table or bar for entertaining (the hooks will make a great place to hang the wine opener!)
      Mine is right on the deck! Very handy!

  16. A fabulous redo! Love the backing you added and all of your little details, especially the galvanized addition on the side. Happy Spring!

  17. Well this puts the thing I pot on to shame! My fav..... the galvanized bins. Ok, I like the window too. The sign on the front as well. And the gizmo's and gadgets for hangers, awesome. Yeah, you made a winner. Homerun, not homeroad!


  18. WOW! You really resurrected that table. Super sweet! All the galvanized stuff is awesome too... Now get digging!

  19. Hi Susan! You did a fabulous job with this bench!! So awesome!!

  20. That is fantastic garden bench! I love it. My hubby and I keep talking about building one, but we get so wet and rainy here in Oregon, I fear it wold only last a season or two before it was dust. LOL. Yours is awesome!!

  21. Love it! It is so cute...great job!

  22. I love this! It makes me wish I had an old potting bench to fix up!

  23. WOW - fabulous job!! Love the galvanized bucket bit!! :)

  24. Oh wow... this is completely amazing! It doesn't even LOOK like you used salvaged pieces! Truly an amazing build.

    Shared on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 129. :)


  25. Love all the parts and pieces of this--just fantastic!

  26. Hi! Found this on pinterest and I love what you did. Great reuse! You have inspired me to work on updating my potting bench too. Thanks!

  27. That is spectacular! Thanks for sharing it. I may just have to steal some of your tips. Pinning it today :)

  28. Thant is fantastic. I have always wanted a potting bench...and your is gorgeous!

  29. What a beautiful job! Function + beautiful! Love it!

  30. I found your post over on Home Talk. I'm a new follower there and now gfc too. I adore this bench. So smart.

  31. Wonderful & FUNctional Bench! May I buy it? ;)

  32. New the potting bench......I just got a potting shed and started to just gave me some ideas...will blog about mine this weekend....Christine from


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