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.

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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



1x8 board for shelving

1x3 boards for shelving and supports


white paint

Polycrylic sealer

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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. .