A potting bench – serving table has been on the “B” Project List for months. The “B” list projects are smaller things that aren’t necessary but they sure would be fun!
Usually our Saturdays are taken doing the “A” list projects, but a couple of Saturdays ago, we sat on the porch with the pups and Reba-the-Cat, sipping coffee. It was still dark outside, the whole day stretched out in front of us, and The Husband said the most amazing thing…
“I don’t have anything to do today, so if you have a small project for me to work on today’s the day”!
We have two big projects in the wings that will keep us both (but especially him) busy all summer, so the smaller projects get pushed back. I knew exactly what B-List project we were doing that day! A Potting Bench – Serving Table I’ve been wanting to build since March!
I have an old Singer sewing machine base with a piece of marble on top that I’ve used as a potting bench for years. Wouldn’t it be great, I thought to myself, if The Husband could build a bigger potting bench around the table I already have?
I love using using what I have to make something new, don’t you?
I also had this walnut arch! The Husband practiced on it when he was building the front door…why not use it on the potting bench!
So right there over our third cuppa before dawn on Saturday morning, we brain-stormed and came up with the plan for this little potting bench!
Almost the entire bench/table came from leftover things from other projects!
He cut scraps of walnut (leftover from the arched door) to fit around the marble top and glued them together.
There are tons of tutorials online on making a potting bench like THIS ONE at BHG. I didn’t do a detailed tutorial for our potting bench since it was designed around our existing table 🙂 (This DIY is pretty straight forward in that legs and a top are connected to make a table.)
We sprayed a section of lath diamond mesh (which is used for masonry work HERE) and the Singer sewing machine base with black spray paint and added the mesh to the arch and attached the arch to the table…
Adding a couple of black metal window boxes we weren’t using gave the bench a pop of pretty!
And see those little pots hanging on the arch? I have a wonderful Hometalk friend who sent me some of his Clinger Clips to try!
They are adjustable to fit pots and saucers of almost all sizes! I’ve seen other flower pot holders but they didn’t allow for using a saucer or for using different size pots!
They come in silver but since I had the black spray paint out, I painted them black! I have several more to use and I’ve got some great ideas for them too, (like for adding cute storage in my project room!). Look HERE at all the ways you can use the Clinger Clips!
This potting bench was so much fun because we sat around and brainstormed the design and then played with a bunch of things we already had to add character! I think sometimes the best projects are the ones that make use of things you already have!
Like I told you, this potting bench serves two purposes, when we have parties, we put a table on the back deck to hold the drinks, now the potting bench can do double duty…
This is my kind of project, we repurposed things we already had, it took only a day to build and it serves two purposes!
Do you guys use a potting bench when you’re planting?
Have a wonderful day my friends
Linking to :Funky Junk Interiors!