How to Build a Potting Bench

My goal today was to do something with the 
broken potting table in my yard. 

potting bench with overlay


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 had to put the bottom shelf back on because it rotted off years ago.


affiliate disclaimer



repairing pieces on an old potting table


I added old castors from my workshop to the bottom of each leg.



castors on the bottom of the legs


The original drawer bottom was gone so I screwed the drawer together and added a new bottom.



cut board to fit in drawer


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



picket fence piece on back of table


Next came the paint, a watered down white wash. 


When that dried, all the flat surfaces got a coat of Poly.  

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



potting bench painted white


I added a galvanized bin on the other side.



galvanized seed holder


I had fun adding all kinds of funky hinges, hooks and knobs to hang the tools.



picket fence with hooks and knobs


I added slate tiles to create a work surface on the top.


slate tile top


Then the new drawer got a pretty toile liner.



drawer with toile liner


I found the original tray for the little hidden soil holder under the lid.



green tub for soil in top of bench


This old potting bench never looked so good!


Recently I made another potting bench with pressure treated lumber. 


And an indoor potting bench with copper accents




white potting bench with planters and hanging accessiories

white potting table with accessories


Any way you like your potting bench, I am very ready for planting this year!



Materials used: 

pieces of old fence

an old table

window

hooks 

1x8 board for shelving

1x3 boards for shelving and supports

castors

white paint

Polycrylic sealer


   🎯Before you go please sign up for Homeroad emails so  you will get the latest DIY posts sent straight to you!


                









 



Homeroad
Homeroad

I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .

Comments

  1. WOW! love it!!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. how cute is that! LOVE the convience of everything on it.
    lauren

    ReplyDelete
  3. 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.

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  6. 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.

    ReplyDelete
  7. 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!
    Jane

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

    ReplyDelete
  9. Wow! this is wonderful :) Great job!!

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

    ReplyDelete
  11. 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!

    Jeanine

    ReplyDelete
  12. 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.

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  15. That is great! I LOVE your blog!

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

    ReplyDelete
  17. 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?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    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!
      Susan

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

    ReplyDelete
  19. 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!

    ~Bliss~

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  22. 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!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Love it! It is so cute...great job!

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  26. 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. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150770704611141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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

    ReplyDelete
  28. 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!

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  31. What a beautiful job! Function + beautiful! Love it!

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  34. New Follower....love the potting bench......I just got a potting shed and started to decorate....you just gave me some ideas...will blog about mine this weekend....Christine from http://littlebrags.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thank you for stopping by, I love your comments and I will do my best to reply to all your questions and comments. By leaving a comment you are consenting to your email being collected for communication purposes only. Your privacy is important to me.
Have a nice day.
Susan