How to Turn a Dry Sink into a Potting Bench

I am so happy with this potting bench! 

Dry Sink Potting Bench
I visited a new furniture source this weekend and frankly I thought it was very over-priced!

But the minute I saw this piece I knew I needed to own it... 

Dry Sink Potting Bench

Only one problem... the price was ridiculous! 

In this store each week they knock the price down a little, you can see the prices go down on the tags. 

This piece had only the original price on it, it had no mark-downs so I thought I was out of luck. 

While paying for my other items I asked about the price and it was my lucky day! 

She knocked the price down to 1/2 off! It was meant to be!

Dry Sink Potting Bench

The dry sink went home with me, just barely fitting in my car, but it did! 

I painted the piece with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint 
in Luckett's Green.  If you look closely at the piece you can see a slight difference in color in places. I opened a new bag of milk paint and for whatever reason, the colors didn't match. 

I was surprised at this because it had never happened before. 

I mixed the paint in a jar the way I always did, it was mixed thoroughly, but it didn't match. 

If this had been a formal piece of furniture I was painting, I 
wouldn't have been happy at this point, but seeing how I was going for a potting bench look, chippy, distressed, and worked. 

I painted the second color on the frame and in random 
places around the piece to spread out the color. 

The result is a faded look on my potting bench that I am more than happy with.

The dry sink had an unusual rack along the inside which 
is the perfect place to hang rakes, shovels, or garden accessories.

Dry Sink Potting Bench

The milk paint did some really great chipping. 

I used Miss Mustard Seed Tough Coat to seal the beautiful
chippiness and keep more chips from coming off.

Dry Sink Potting Bench

See my other potting benches here...

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  1. What a fabulous piece!!! Great idea to use it as a potting bench & I love the makeover :)

    1. Thank you Anne... I love it too... the color just works :)

  2. That piece was a meant to be piece! You were meant to have it and you did wonders with it. Great job.

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    1. Thank you Rescue rehab... It was a fun project that I just love!

  4. Looks fabulous!!


  5. I just love this cabinet, I have never seen a dry sink before! I have had the same thing happen to me with MMSMP, they say somewhere (not sure where) that batches can be different, variation in the pigments or something :) I think it looks lovely regardless, it gives a more authentically vintage look.

  6. Susan, WOW what a beautiful potting bench, it doesn't even look like the same piece. LOVE it. Wanted to invite you to our Something to Talk About Link Party. Come join the fun again tomorrow at 6 am est (or after your have a great week, Lisa at Concord Cottage


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