How to Build a Potting Bench

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

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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.

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


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


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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!


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

Now I was full on getting creative!

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


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I added a galvanized bin on the other side.


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


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


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Then the new drawer got a pretty toile liner.


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


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This old potting bench never looked so good!



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I am very ready for planting this year!




Materials used: 

pieces of old fence
an old table
window
1x8 board for shelving
1x3 boards for shelving and supports

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40 comments

  1. WOW! love it!!!

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

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  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.

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

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

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  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.

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  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

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

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

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  10. 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

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  11. 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.

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

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

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  14. That is great! I LOVE your blog!

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

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  16. 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?

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    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

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

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  18. 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~

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

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

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  21. 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!!

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

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

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

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  25. 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. :)

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    Donna

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

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  27. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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  33. 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

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