How to Build a Potting Bench


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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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. .